Carmel Valley student makes Olympic Cadet taekwondo team

Andrew Heiati, 14, of Carmel Valley recently earned a spot on the roster of the USA Taekwondo Cadet National Team.

After starting taekwondo in 2006, then earning his black belt in Songahm Taekwondo, Andrew competed and earned a world title in Songahm Taekwondo. A third degree black belt, hei began training in Olympic-style Taekwondo and is aiming for the 2020 Olympic Games.

The World Taekwondo Federation has been looking at the Songahm Taekwondo athletes as a great source of Olympic material. After fewer than a half-dozen tournaments, Andrew also holds a state championship for California, as well as another for Arizona, besides his most recent title (www.teamusa.org/usa-taekwondo/athletes/Andrew-Heiati).

Andrew is the first young man in ATA history (founded in 1969) to make the national team. He just returned from representing the U.S. in the 53kg weight division at the Pan Am Championships in Aguascalientes, Mexico. He was coached by the Team USA’s Cadet Coach, former Olympian Master Patrice Remarck.

Andrew remains trained and coached by Senior Master Ken Church for all individual and open tournaments (non Team-USA events). Visit www.churchsmartialarts.com.


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