Twenty-two competitors from the International Taekwondo Academy in Rio Rico participated at the Arizona state taekwondo qualifier on March 14 at Greenway High School in Phoenix.

Ten students qualified to represent Arizona at the national championships, July 4-11 in Austin, Texas. They are: Gustavo Peraza, Jair Corona, Jonas Padilla, Karla Nicole Ramos, Maria Victoria Ramos, Annisabelle Galindo, Hunter Thompson, Angela Holman, Jonathan Bejarano and Ryan Bejarano.

They were joined at the March 14 event by fellow competitors Jorge Fuentes, Allan Corona, Jessica Paz, Jonas Padilla, Ariana Padilla, Walterio Palazuelos, Colm McManus, Nicolas Treto, Adrian Giles, Luis Pablo Moreno, Isaac Laborin and Oscar Reyna.

All of the students “did a great job,” said Rodrigo Valenzuela, owner and head instructor at the academy.

Those who qualified for nationals will now begin a new training program so they can represent the state well.

The March 14 state tournament was hosted and directed by the Arizona State Taekwondo Association, led by grand master Choon Sup Chong.

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