2017 USAT NATIONALS
Five athletes from Kiffmann’s Maui Elite Taekwondo competed at the 2017 USA Taekwondo Nationals held at the Cobo Center in Detroit June 29th – July 6th, 2017. USA Taekwondo's National Championships is the largest taekwondo event in the world, historically featuring over 4000 athletes and close to 1000 coaches. Miles Kiffmann was the head coach for the event. Ka’ale Mailou Kaiwi won 3 matches to earn a silver medal in the boys 8-9 year old black belt middle weight sparring division. 1st match - rd of 16 against New York 14:4 , 2nd match- quarter finals against Texas 18:8, 3rd match-semifinals against California- sudden victory and 4th match -finals against California 6:13.
Anisha Patterson captured the bronze medal in the 15-17 Black Belt JR. World Class female light heavy division with a 30:10 win over Indiana, before losing due to 10 penalty points received against 2014 Cadet World Champion and eventual Gold medalist Melanie Diaz from California.
Miles Kiffmann – World Class 18-32 Black Belt male Feather weight won 24:6 vs Kansas, lost to eventual Gold medalist from Michigan 9:20 after he nearly ko’d him in the 3rd round, Jericho San Agustin- World class 12-14 Black Belt Male Bamtam Weight won vs Arizona 21:1, lost to TX 7:18 and Lydia Tan-(10-11)Youth female black belt fin weight won 11:3 vs. Illinois, lost 4:6 to Colorado.
Jerico San Agustin wins 2016 World Taekwondo Federation President's Cup
The 2016 World Taekwondo President's Cup was held in Portland, OR from October 27-30, 2016. It featured Olympians and elite athletes from more than 20 Countries making it the highest ranked international Olympic Qualification event (G2) in the USA along with the US Open Taekwondo Championship.
Jerico San Agustin had to win 5 straight matches against some of the the world's best athletes in the Black Belt Cadet Fin weight sparring division (33kg).
Jerico ‘s matches: 20:9, 15:3, 15:6, Semi finals 17:14 and in the finals Jerico beat the current 2016 National Team Member Kyle Zarate by Point Gap 20:8 to win the Gold medal.
With this win he also received a wildcard to represent the USA at the 2017 Pan Am Championships.
Miles Kiffmann won his first match against David Reitz (USA) and lost his second match to the #5 seed from Mexico Ruben Nava
Camryn Henry also wins 2016 AAU Team Trials
Camy also won the 2016 AAU team trials held in Fort Lauderdale, FL, Sept9-11, 2016 to become the2016 AAU National Team member. She won all her matches, First match vs Naishka Roman 10:4, second match vs Camille Vega 10:3 and the finals against Camille again 5:1. She will be competing for USA at a major Olympic Qualifier in Europe in 2017 with all expenses paid by AAU.
Camryn Henry makes US Junior National Team to compete at the JR World Taekwondo Championship
Camryn Henry and Anisha Patterson from Kiffmann Taekwondo were the only athletes from Hawaii to qualify and compete at US Jr. Team Trials, August 27-29, held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. The winner of each weight class was selected to be the US National team member for the upcoming JR. World championships in Burnaby, Canada November 16-20, 2016. The competition format was double elimination.
Anisha Patterson lost her opening match to the #2 seed Anya Sagovnovic(NV), then won her match against Abigail Fisk from Maryland who defeated her at US Nationals. Finally she lost to the #1 seed and eventual team member Trinity Sullivan(TX).
Camryn Henry was the #1 seed after winning US Nationals. She won all her matches, defeating the 2014 Cadet World Champion Melanie Diaz(CA) twice. She becomes the first athlete from Maui to make the US National team and compete at a World Championship.
2016 USA TAEKWONDO Nationals in Richmond, VA, July 3-10, 2016
The largest Taekwondo tournament in the world featured nearly 4000 competitors. Kiffmann Taekwondo sent 5 Black belt competitors:
Gunter Kiffmann: Day1-July 4 - Black Belt Ultra (50+) sparring -80kg: GOLD
1st round bye, semifinals-defeated North Carolina 4:1, finals –defeated California 7:2
Miles Kiffmann: Day 3-July 6- Black Belt Senior(18-32) World class sparring -68kg male: 9th place , Defeated Arizona by point gap (21-0), lost to Michigan 3:4 due to ankle injury sustained after scoring first head shot.
Reynaldo Segundo: Day 5-July 8- Black Belt Cadet(12-14) World class sparring -45kg male: 9th place Defeated Virginia 6:5 , lost to Texas 10:11
Anisha Patterson: Day 7-July 10- Black Belt Junior(15-17) World class sparring -59kg female:5th place, Defeated California in Overtime and lost to Maryland in Overtime (Golden Point) Qualified for Team Trials
Camryn Henry: Day 7-July 10- Black Belt Junior(15-17) World class sparring -68kg female: GOLD , 1st round bye, quarterfinals-defeated Michigan by point gap 18:4, semifinals-defeated Texas 3:0, finals –defeated 2014 Cadet World Champion Melanie Diaz from California 15:13, Qualified as top seed for Team Trials
Camryn and Anisha both qualified for US Junior Team Trials , August 25 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
2016 AAU Taekwondo National Championship
in Fort Lauderdale Florida, July 4-9, 2016
Camryn Henry: Day 2-Black Belt Junior(15-17) World class sparring -68kg female: GOLD, defeated Texas 13:5 in Semifinals, defeated Puerto Rico 7:2 in Finals, Qualified for AAU Team trials in September.
2016 USA Taekwondo Hawaii State Championship/National Qualifier,
April 9, 2016 Waipahu, HI
Congratulations to our team for their outstanding performances. Everyone qualified for Nationals.
Black Belts: Jerico -Gold in sparring, Gold in poomsae, Lydia-Gold in sparring, Gold in Poomsae , TJ-silver in sparring, Reynaldo-gold in sparring, Anisha-gold in sparring, Color belts: Koltyn-Gold in sparring, Ka'ale-silver in sparring, gold in poomsae, Kekoa-silver in sparring, gold in poomsae, Black belt sparring gold medalists with no contest were Camy, Master Miles and Mr. K.
Special recognitions goe to TJ beating Maui TKD player 12:0 by point gap in semis and to Jerico defeating TJ thereafter in the finals. Mahalo to all the parents supporting their kid's dreams!!