LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – A jammed packed crowd filled Angelina College's Shand's gymnasium for the 11th Battle in the Pines ATA Taekwondo Regional Tournament.
The event was sanctioned by the American Taekwondo Association and gives students from all over Texas and beyond the chance to compete. Hosted by Master Olford's ATA Black Belt Academy in Lufkin, some of the best competitors in the Association participated.
"Weapons, we have the sparring, we had our kids that competed at Tiny Tigers, which are 4 and 5-year-olds all the way into I think our oldest competitor is, we have a 60-year-old division going today," said Master Olford.
Master Olford and the Texas Region are known for their high tournament standards and according to tournament goers Saturday's event did not disappoint.
All competitors received a participation medal. Tournament winners received a trophy.
According to the Association's website, the American Taekwondo Association (ATA) is the premier North American organization dedicated to the martial arts discipline of taekwondo, and is the founding organization of other international affiliates that include the World Traditional Taekwondo Union (WTTU) and the Songahm Taekwondo Federation (STF). Over a million students have registered since the ATA's inception in 1969.