Carmel Valley martial artist wins two World Champion titles

The American Taekwondo Association (ATA) held its annual World Championships Tournament June 21-24 in Little Rock, Ark. and Noah Shih of Carmel Valley earned two coveted first place World Champion titles in his division.

Shih competed against nine other Top Ten finalists from around the world in the Boys 2nd and 3rd Degree Black Belt age 8 and under ring at the Little Rock Statehouse Convention Center on June 21 and 22. After a year of hard work and strenuous competition, Williams earned the first place gold medal in traditional forms and tradition weapons. He also earned second place silver medals in creative forms and creative weapons. Shih currently trains at Church’s Martial Arts in San Diego.

Shih was one of the 5,000 competitors who traveled to Little Rock for the annual ATA World Championships, which is a week- long celebration of Taekwondo. This year’s event drew more than 20,000 martial art students, instructors and fans from nearly 20 countries for specialty training seminars, high rank belt testing and World Champion competition. The ATA World Championships is the largest annual convention in the city of Little Rock.

With active membership exceeding 300,000 worldwide, including over 60,000 black belts, ATA is North America’s largest martial arts organization dedicated to the discipline of Taekwondo. For more information on the 2012 ATA World Championships or to find an ATA school near you, visit