Team Ko’s is the elite travel taekwondo competition team that was started in 2016. Team members are current dedicated Ko’s students of all ages selected by coaches through recommendation and based on merit.
Team Ko’s is coached by Master Soon Ko, a certified USA Taekwondo referee, and Master Sang Jun Kim, a certified Level 1 USA Taekwondo coach. The well qualified coaching ensures our team members receive the highest level of training in taekwondo, both in poomsae (forms) and kyorugi (sparring).
The success of Team Ko’s is measured by the members’ efforts and the dedication to the process of becoming a champion!
2017 National Champions
Winning at the Black belt division means you are the best of the best black belts in the nation! Our team recently competed in the 2017 USA Taekwondo Championships in Detroit, MI. This event is the pinnacle of teakwondo competitions! ALL of Team USA taekwondo athletes are members of the Kukkiwon (World black belt certified) and competed at these nationals in order to get an invitation for Team USA Olympic trials. There are other national tournaments in taekwondo, but none of those competitions have any affiliation with the US Olympic committee or Kukkiwon (World Taekwondo Headquarters). All our Team Ko’s members displayed humility, respect, unity, loyalty, perseverance, and skill at this year’s USAT Nationals.
3rd Place – Sparring
USAT, Detroit, MI
1st Place – Poomse
USAT, Detroit, MI
Team Ko’s Members
“I felt good when we trained as a team. I trained very hard with Team Ko’s for nationals. I will feel determined to do my best at nationals and I hope I win .”
“Over the past one year, I have felt amazing. Starting off it was the best year ever. Now I feel so proud that I made it all the way to nationals. And I will hopefully get first place.”
“Team Ko’s has become a very important aspect of my life. I have learned so much from being a part of it. It has taught me to work hard to reach my goals and to always do my best no matter the outcome. Team Ko’s has helped me to grow as a person and as an athlete.”
“I have been training and pushing myself, past my limits, to show I deserve to be on Team Ko’s. All the training I’ve done have really helped me learn about myself, and how much I can push myself to be the best I can be. There have been times where I felt I should just give up and not train with team anymore. But I am so happy and glad that I didn’t, because I tell myself, if you keep pushing yourself harder, you will get there one day, Douglas. The only thing that matter is that you do your best. At the 2017 Nationals, I will have the winning attitude. I need to do my best so I can represent Team Ko’s. My words of advice from me to you is “Don’t call your Goal a Dream. Call Your Goal A Plan!”
“With Taekwondo I have found a positive outlet for my energy and have found a second family with many new friends, I owe it all to Ko’s Martial Arts and all it’s students. Never give up strive for perfection.”
“Over the past year, I have trained vigorously and intensely. Through my hard work and determination I have earned a spot on Team Ko’s which has taught me leadership skills and self-confidence. I value learning from all the masters and instructors at Ko’s. This year I have the privilege of competing at taekwondo nationals in poomsae. I know I will perform at the best of my ability at Nationals. Work towards progress not perfection .”
“I have witnessed pain, dedication and more spirit than I ever have. Team Ko’s is a part of me now. Giving up is not an option.”
“My journey up to this amazing point in martial arts and sparring hasn’t been easy. Although it is what I am most proud of, being part of a family I call Team Ko’s. I appreciate everyone who’s helped me get to this point. When things get hard I always think about something my coach Master Kim told me one day in training. When things get hard you have to try harder and do even more work and I live by that everyday.”
“Taekwondo has given me strength and confidence in all areas of my life. Thanks to everyone at Ko’s, I have achieved more than I knew was possible.”
“Training for nationals has been hard, painful, challenging, intense and exhausting, but it has also been fun, exciting, and it has shown me that my body is capable of things I never thought possible. It’s an honor to represent Ko’s Martial Arts as a part of Team Ko’s. Never underestimate or disrespect your opponent, stay respectful, be humble.”