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November 2007

Release Date: November 12, 2007

ASU Student Wins International Taekwondo Competition

Angelo State University sophomore Casey Toland took first place in Olympic Fighting in the 18 to 30 year old division at the 27th Annual Fort Worth International Taekwondo Championships last month.

The Fort Worth event is part of the Olympic Taekwondo Circuit. With his win, Toland is now classified as an international level competitor and can compete on the Olympic Circuit next year where he can earn points toward qualifying for the taekwondo tournament in the Olympics.

A graphic design major from Sweetwater, Toland has been involved in martial arts for 10 years and is a first degree dan in taekwondo. He studied previously at the Alcala Taekwondo School in Sweetwater and is currently a member of the ASU Martial Arts Club, where he studies under head instructor and fellow ASU student Darrell May.

“We only had a month’s time to prepare after we made the decision to participate in the Fort Worth tournament,” May said. “Casey worked two hours a day and everyone in the class pushed him very hard.”

“I’m glad I found the Martial Arts Club at ASU,” Toland said. “I intend to use the momentum I’ve gotten from this win to continue on in competition.”

Other members of the ASU Martial Arts Club who competed in Fort Worth Oct. 20 were freshmen Isabell Carrillo, Krystal Martinez, Eric Brefo, Marco Zepeda, Marie Noble and David Bomar. The club members were also honored by the tournament founder and director Grandmaster Won Chik Park, who chose them to assist on the competition floor by keeping time and scores for the matches.