The American Taekwondo Association held its annual Fall National Tournament Oct. 21-22 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Fla. Lake Wylie’s own Aly Dixon, Sara-Kate Dixon and Thomas Dixon competed as first-degree black belts.
Twelve-year-old Aly competed in the girls’ first-degree black belt division. She went up against 12 other girls in the 12-to 14-year-old division. She brought home a sparring medal. She won her first sparing match 5 to 3. In her second sparring match, she won 2 to 1, and she won the third match 5 to 0 using a spin-hook-kick to the head for the final point. She lost her final match 3 to 2 with the last point just before the time expired in favor of her opponent. Aly placed second in sparring in her division. She also competed in forms and weapons. She finished in a four-way tie for second place for her precise nunchucks form, but ended fourth in the tournament. She also placed fourth for her form.
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Nine-year-old Sara-Kate competed in the girls’ first-degree black belt division. Fifteen girls competed in the 9- to 11-year-old ring. Sara-Kate won her first sparring match 5 to 0 with a skip-round-kick to the head, but she lost her second match. She competed well, but did not place.
Their father, Thomas Dixon, brought home three medals. He competed in the mens’ first-degree division. He went up against 13 other men some of whom were state champions. Thomas’ score of 8-8-8 on his form earned him first place in the tournament. His nunchucks form score was even better. The 9-9-7 quickly pushed him to first place in forms. Thomas fought three sparring matches. He won his first sparring match, 4-1, with a magnificent hook kick to the head. His second sparring match, 5-0, he won with a quick sliding-axe-kick to the head. He lost his third sparring match, but he placed third in the tournament.
The family trains at Steele Creek ATA school.
Submitted by Aly Dixon