Another Givans martial artist with a promising future is 10-year-old Black Belt Jeremy Low, who took home the bronze at the U.S Open Taekwondo Championships in February. Lewis started the day with a 17-1 defeat of Azerbaijan’s Narmina Mammadova, followed by a 14-0 shutout of Mexico’s Linda Marina Torres. In the semifinals she won over Iran’s Maryam Sharjahani with a score of 16-5. Finally, in the gold-medal final against Korea’s Choi Mi Hui, Lewis found herself trailing 11-8 entering the final round but rallied for a 13-12 win to clinch the title.
Givans Taekwondo Academy will be attending this year’s U.S Nationals in Orlando, Fla. and will feature returning national competitors such as 15-year-old Black Belt Tatianna Francischetti, 2009 U.S Open Bronze medalist; 13-year-old Black Belt Rudy Montoya, three-time National Champion; 14-year-old Black Belt Anna Ubando, 2004 U.S National Bronze Medalist; and 8-year-old Black Belt Carl “CJ” Nickolas – all of whom train for two hours per day, five days per week.
The Academy is headed by USA Taekwondo staff member and Former U.S. Army National Champion Master Edward E. Givans. The academy is a sanctioned club of USA Taekwondo, the national governing body for the sport in the United States, and is affiliated with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), the sole representative of the United States to the International Olympic Committee. Givans Taekwondo Academy, 4049 Lone Tree Way, Suite B in Antioch, is offering a free 30-day trail. For more information, call 925-777-0227 or visit www.givanstkd.com.