Local Martial Artists win National Championship

Team Legend, the demo team of Church’s ATA Martial Arts in Carmel Valley, won the American Taekwondo Association’s (ATA) National Championship on March 21 in Anaheim, Calif. Immediately after winning, the team was invited to be in the Opening Ceremonies of the Pan Am Championships in October in Florianoplis, Brazil for the Songahm Taekwondo Federation (South America’s version of the ATA). Team Legend will compete for a World Title in July at the ATA World Championships.

The team is coached by the brother/sister team of Alex Smith (3rd degree Black Belt) and Rachel Smith (4th degree Black Belt).

This was the very first time the school put out a competitive demo team, and the team’s very first competition. Among the teams in the competition that were beat were the reigning WORLD Champs, Team eNVy out of Nevada.

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