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Blue Dragon Taekwondo Academy students win 136 medals in Virtual National Championships

Over the weekend of October 24-25, Milpitas’ own Blue Dragon Taekwondo Academy dominated at 2020’s Taekwondo Virtual National Championships.

The Academy, under the tutelage of Grandmaster Thac Nguyen, has placed among the nation’s top 3 schools for its participation in the event. Team Blue Dragon was headed up there by Masters Caitlin Nguyen, Derek Nguyen, and Tyler Nguyen, each of whom took home a Grand Champion Title for their respective age groups (14-15, 16-17, 18-32).



All told, Blue Dragon’s 40 competitor students took home a whopping 136 medals: 70 gold, 31 silver, and 35 bronze. Meanwhile, whereas for the school’s East Coast competitors, the competition didn’t start until 9am, in a noteworthy disadvantage the West Coast participants had to start at 6am—the crack of dawn.

As an added aspect of the championships, AAU Taekwondo gave out 22 Grand Champion Jackets worth $200 apiece to the athletes with the highest point totals across all competitions. Eight of the 22 special jackets went to Blue Dragon’s team.


Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He has won awards for journalism (CA Journalism Award) and screenwriting (Fade In Award), and has served as a ghostwriter, speechwriter, or script doctor for over 3,000 clients. His first novel is a dark political thriller called "Red Dennis" (2020). His first nonfiction book is a guide for helping writers be more productive called "Ass Plus Seat" (2020). He co-hosts the "House of Mystery Radio Show" on NBC News Radio. In 2023, Eric founded the Psychic Arts Center, dedicated to exploring psychic phenomena and assisting people through psychic readings.


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