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2011 Joel Ferrell Award Winners

Lake Buena Vista, FL– Every year, the AAU honors a special athlete who demonstrates outstanding athletic accomplishments and sportsmanship, just as former AAU President and US Olympic Committee Vice President Joel Ferrell.  This award is presented to athletes in each sport at the AAU Junior Olympic Games.


The AAU Athletics Committee proudly presents this year’s 2011 Joel Ferrell Award for the Multi-Events to Erica Bougard and Ashton Allen.

Erica Bougard is an 18 year old from Byhalia, Mississippi who competes with the Memphis Mustangs.  She holds the new national record in the Young Women’s Heptathlon with a score of 5270.  She was also 2nd place in the Young Women’s Long Jump with a distance of 19-08.50 and 11th in the Young Women’s 100 Hurdles with a time of 14.52.

Ashton Allen is a 9 year old from Odenton, Maryland.  He competed at the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games with Living Waters Athletics where he earned the new national record in the Sub-Bantam Triathlon with a score of 897.

The AAU Athletics Committee also presented the 2011 Joel Ferrell Award for Track & Field.  This year’s Track winners were Shamier Little and Amir Rasul.

Shamier Little is a 16 year old unattached athlete from Chicago, Illinois.  She received a gold medal and broke the record for the Intermediate Girls 400 Meter Hurdles with a time of 57.83.  She also placed 1st in the Intermediate Girls 400 Meter Dash with a time of 53.83 and placed 2nd in the Intermediate Girls 100 Meter Hurdles with a time of 14.45.

Amir Rasul is a 13 year old athlete who participates with Miami Gardens Xpress from Miami, Florida.  Amir broke 2 National Records at the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games.  He finished with a record breaking time of 11.15 in the Sub-Youth Boys 100 Meter Dash and 22.39 in the Sub-Youth Boys 200 Meter Dash.

The winners of the 2011 Joel Ferrell Award for the Field events were Kendell Williams and Daniel Richardson.

Kendell Williams is a 16 year old athlete who participates with The Heat TC of Kennesaw, Georgia.  Kendall placed 1st in the Intermediate Girls 100 Meter Hurdles with a time of 13.66 and finished 2nd in the 400 Meter Hurdles with a time of 59.46.  She also received gold medals in the Intermediate Girls Long Jump with a distance of 19-7.5 and in the High Jump with a height of 5-10.  In addition, Kendell broke a National Record in the Intermediate Girls Heptathlon with 5170 points.
Daniel Richardson, of Team Raw, is a 13 year old athlete from Bakersfield, California.  Daniel earned 3 gold medals at the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games.  In the Sub-Youth Boys Discus he threw for a distance of 151-2 and in the Javelin he threw for a distance of 125-11.  He also won 1st in the Sub-Youth Boys Outdoor Pentathlon with a score of 2877.



On Thursday, December 1, 2011 Master Michael Friello, National Chairman for the AAU Taekwondo Program and Grandmaster Won-Sik Kang, President of the Kukkiwon-World Taekwondo Headquarters together signed an M.O.A. (memorandum of understanding) at the Kukkiwon Headquarters in Seoul, Korea recognizing AAU Taekwondo as a Special Member of Kukkiwon Membership System.


AAU Taekwondo forges relationship with Afghanistan National Olympic Committee


Written by: Kristina Haumschild

Lake Buena Vista– AAU Taekwondo National Chair Mike Friello and a couple of his executive chairs, Mark Glamb and David McClosky, had the great pleasure of meeting with the Afghan National Olympic Committee (ANOC) several weeks back.

Hosted by AAU National Headquarters, the ANOC traveled to the United States for a week-intensive trip to gain insight on how to rebuild their youth sports programs. They met with top sports companies including: the AAU, ESPN Wide World of Sports, IMG Academies, Miami Park and Recreation facilities, and the United States Olympic Headquarters. (CLICK HERE to view the photo gallery from their trip)

Sitting around the dinner table at Bistro Mezzaluna in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Friello had the opportunity to discuss the structure of AAU Taekwondo including districts, regionals and nationals. He also learned about their martial arts programs in Afghanistan.

“They have a large taekwondo program over in Afghanistan,” said Friello, when asked about their discussion. “I knew taekwondo was pretty popular over there, but I was surprised to find out they have over 37,000 members.”

There are many misconceptions Americans associate with Afghanistan.

“The majority of our perception is shaped by the media and newspapers about all the negatives going on,” said Friello, “but what became clear [through our conversation] was that there was normalcy. There are a lot of positive things going on.”

Friello and fellow executive members also realized that Americans take sports for granted.

“We only think about how sports relate solely to the sports world,” said Friello. “We don’t think about the greater meaning of sports sometimes. For them [ANOC], they want to use sports to save the youth of their country from the Taliban.”

Friello has been involved with martial arts since 1968. He’s had numerous opportunities to strengthen martial arts within the AAU and around the world. While conversing with the delegates, he was presented with another opportunity. Lieutenant General Zahir Aghbar, President of the Afghan National Olympic Committee, extended an offer to visit their taekwondo program in Afghanistan.

Friello is seriously considering the trip overseas.

“If I can help them accomplish their goals, I’d like to help.”

In the meantime, Friello is working with Navy Rear Admiral Hal Pittman, a long time AAU member who initiated the contact between the ANOC and AAU, to bring a team from Afghanistan to participate in either the 2012 Taekwondo National Championships in Ft. Lauderdale or the 2012 AAU Jr. Olympic Games in Houston, TX.

There’s so much potential for Friello and AAU Taekwondo to help grow youth sports in Afghanistan.

“It goes to show you the reach AAU can have around the world,” said Friello.

AAU directors, along with the United States Olympic Committee President, are still working out details about the possible trip to Afghanistan in 2012.


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2011 AAU Taekwondo Leadership Award goes to…..

2011 tkd leadership award

Lake Buena Vista– Congratulations to Haley Kong and Robert Lee for winning the distinguished 2011 AAU Taekwondo Leadership Award.

Each year, AAU Taekwondo awards $500.00 for higher education given to honor one male and one female Black Belt between the ages of 15 and 18 that exemplifies the qualities of leadership that inspire us all. An applicant’s resume is submitted by their instructor for consideration by a three person review committee. All those that have had their resumes submitted are of the highest quality and are young people to be admired.

CLICK HERE to see past award winners.

Let’s take a minute to meet this year’s award winners.


AAU Taekwondo member earns ‘Athlete of the Week’

Want to give a big shout out to Danielle Gay of Rhinebeck, NY for being the Daily Freeman ‘Athlete of the Week’.

The 15-year-old won her age and weight division at both the 2011 AAU Taekwondo Nationals and at the 2011 AAU Junior Olympic Games in New Orleans, LA.
She is competing in September for a spot on the U.S. National team and a possible spot to compete in the martial arts sport around the world.

Here’s a little video clip brought to you by the Daily Freeman:

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The AAU Taekwondo Program will be hosting its’ 2012 National Team Trials the weekend of September 16-18, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Our headquarters Hotel will be the Embassy Suites located at 1100 SE 17th ( 954 527-2700). A special AAU Rate of $124.00 has been secured and includes complimentary breakfast. This discounted rate is only good until August 15th, so please make your reservations immediately! The Renaissance Hotel on 17thSt. is also available and has offered a special rate of $89.00 for this event.  The Bahia Mar Hotel is also available and has offered a special rate of $89 for this event. 


2011 Taekwondo Youth Leadership Award

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The AAU Taekwondo Program is accepting applications for the 2011 ‘AAU Taekwondo Youth Leadership Award’. This scholarship award is given to honor one of AAU Taekwondo’s outstanding young Black Belts.

Instructors who know an exceptional 15 – 18 year old Black Belt should submit their application for consideration. This award includes a $1000.00 scholarship for continuing education. It recognizes the individual who demonstrates the qualities of leadership that inspires everyone. Fill out the application attached and return by August 15, 2011.

A three member committee will consider all applicants. This three member committee will be chaired by Mr. Kevin Balon and includes Ms. Cheryl Fuhrmann and Mr. David Lieder. Ms. Fuhrmann and Mr. Lieder are the parents of the first two winners of the Chris Canning Award. They understand the qualities of excellence that are being looked for in the winner as they helped to foster these qualities in their own children.

Announcement of the winner will be made at the annual AAU convention. An award, letter of congratulations and a check will be mailed to the winner following that convention. A story will be put on the home page of our website, www.aautaekwondo.org, for all to see.

We are excited about the opportunity to honor our youth. We look forward to having many applications to choose from.

For Application, CLICK HERE.



No, we’re not talking about the weather, although the temperature in Texas is notorious this time of year.  We’re talking about the ‘hot’ AAU Taekwondo activity that has been storming through the Lone Star State this competition year.

“Texas has always been an extremely strong Region within the AAU Taekwondo Program, says National Sport Chair Mike Friello.  “The Gulf District (Houston area) has held the Number One position for District registrations for several years now.  But what’s happening throughout the state this year is way beyond all expectations”.

It all started back in January with the Southwest AAU District (Dallas area) under the direction of our National Head Coach, Greg Tubbs.  In only his 2nd year of hosting a qualifying event,   Master Tubbs, hosted 223 participating athletes—an up tick of 12.11% over last year and overall AAU membership is up to 437 athletes-an increase of 173.91% from this time in 2010.

Next up was the Region #9 Championship on March 5th under Master Mark Giambi.  Master Giambi was the original (1991-200?) District Sports Director for the Gulf District and passed the mantel to his right arm man, Master McCloskey, when he assumed the position of Regional Director and Member of the National AAU Taekwondo Executive Committee.  This year’s Region #9 Championship drew 420 athletes and looked to be the largest single qualifying event among the more than 30 AAU will host this year.

Four short weeks later the South Texas Championship (San Antonio) was hosted my Master Ray Lumampao and that district’s participant number jumped 40.1% to 339 with total registrations rising 60.66% to 437!

Completing this year’s qualifying events in Texas was the May 5th Gulf (Houston) District Championship under the Direction of 4th Dan Juan Portal, another protégé of Master Giambi’s and ably assisted by the former District Sports Director David McCloskey (who has since moved on to the AAU Executive Committee as well).  And it looks like together they hit the jackpot!  Gulf’s participant numbers jumped a whopping 51.64% to 457 athletes with total District Taekwondo Membership eclipsing 1800 earlier this month!

When all was said and done, AAU Taekwondo athlete participation at qualifying events rose 45% from 987 to 1439.  And AAU Taekwondo Membership in Texas has climbed from 1965 to 2616 for a 33% gain!

“Of course, some of this growth was expected this year”, says Mr. Friello.  “After all, the 2011 National Championships will be held in Austin, TX June 26 through July 2nd.  We’re accustomed to seeing some growth in our host states.  But, Texas’ accomplishments this year are just amazing.  Sports programming can only be as good as it’s leadership and together, Masters Giambi, McCloskey, Tubbs, and Portal are among the very best that the AAU Taekwondo has to offer”.

With over 1400 athletes participating in Texas alone, this year’s National Championship could very well be our largest and most competitive EVER!  And this competitive spirit will also drive September’s Team Trials and next year’s 2012 National Team successes– from our two year old 10-13 year old National Cadet Team right up through our always strong Juniors and steady Seniors.

Yes, Things are certainly heating us in Texas and it looks like it’s only going to get hotter.


Local students place in state Taekwondo tournament

Originally found at www.the-press-news.com

Students of Rock Solid Taekwondo school on 45th Street in Canton Township competed in the Ohio State Amateur Athletic Union Tournament on April 2 in their respective age groups.

Receiving gold medals were Morgan Dalton, Tyler Meadows, TJ Reis, and Emma Zbuka. Receiving silver medals were Matthew Gentry, Emily Carter, Travis Jackson, Jay Zbuka. Liberty Clark, Brailynn Gordon and Bryce Gordon received bronze medals and Brylee Gordon placed fifth.

Dalton and Meadows will go on to compete at the national level in Austin, Texas in June.

The school is owned by Terry Brinkman and Mike Bechtel.


First Annual Gulf AAU Hanmadang Championships

February 5,  2011

Katy, Texas

Masters Leb Kemp and David Lieder hosted the First Annual Gulf AAU Hanmadang Championships in Katy, Texas on February 5, 2011. Forms competition was the lead attraction including traditional, creative and team forms. The traditional forms division was run using single elimination bracketed competition. The creative forms division included weapons and musical forms, while being judged with points. Another event was team forms with teams comprised of any age, gender and rank. This was an awesome event because Moms and their children were able to perform together against siblings making this a true family experience. A Demo Team competition was also enjoyed by all. Board breaking was another exciting event including divisions for Power breaking and also for Multiple-Station breaking. Finally Olympic Style sparring was held for 13 years and younger.

130 athletes competed in this first AAU sanctioned Taekwondo event to included all the various events. By including all these different events it allowed those competitors that do not enjoy sparring a venue to perform and compete without the pressure of sparring. This event showcased the Arts of the Martial Arts of which Taekwondo is a part of.

We held this event at the encouragement of Master Mark Giambi, Region 9 director, states Lieder. We received nothing but positive comments on the way the event was setup and run. We even ran on time or slightly ahead. Many schools in attendance after seeing how all of the events were handled were excited and expressed a desire to participate in more events at our next tournament.

With the addition of this tournament the Gulf district now hosts a minimum of 5 sanctioned events each year (Region 9 qualifier, Gulf district qualifier, Texas Jr. Championships and All-Star Specially Challenged Martial Arts Championships). Lieder and Kemp are not district chairpersons nor regional director thereby demonstrating that any AAU club can host a sanctioned event.