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2022 USA Taekwondo Nationals-Slat Lake City, UT, July 27-31, 2022

6 competitors-5 medals

Black Belt Sparring:

Amerie Otake: Bronze

Blue Belt Sparring

AJ Derego: Gold

Aizayah Cabaero: Silver

Amarion Abaero: Silver

Jael Pacson: Silver

2022 AAU Taekwondo Nationals - MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV,  July 3-9,

This was the largest and most competitive nationals to date. Kiffmann’s Maui Elite Taekwondo athletes competed in Olympic sparring and brought home  5 medals.

Black Belts:

AJ Valdez - Bronze 10-11male feather

JD Pa’a - Bronze 10-11male light

Jerico San Agustin - Silver-and qualified for team trials in 18-32 male senior fin

Color Belts:

Madex Greenwell-Gold-10-11 male Advanced fin

Sebastian Recta-Bronze-8-9 male intermediate fin


Black Black Belts Jerico San Agustin and Sage Rodriguez from Kiffmann Taekwondo win Gold at 2022 US West Grand Prix in Reno

The2022 US West Grand Prix was held in Reno, NV May 6-8. This was the regional qualifying event for the 2022 USA Taekwondo Nationals to be held in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 27-31.

The medalists from team Kiffmann were:

Black Belt World Class Olympic Sparring Divisions:

Jerico San Agustin (Senior Fin) - Gold

Sage Rodriguez (Youth female fin) - Gold

Jozea Sanchez (Youth female fin) – Silver

Amerie Otake (Tiger female light) – Silver

A.J. Valdez (Youth male light) - Bronze


Color Belt Olympic Sparring Divisions:

Red Belts:

Madex Greenwell (Tiger male) -Gold

Andrzej Dolacinski (Youth male) – Bronze


Blue Belts:

Baba Sanchez (Tiger male)-Bronze

Jael Pacson (Tiger male) – Silver


Green Belts:

A.J. De Rego (junior male)-Gold

Amarion Cabrero (cadets male ) – Gold

Sebastian Recta (Tiger male) – Silver

Aizayah Cabrero (youth male) – Bronze

Lucas Pacson  (Tiger male)-Bronze

JULY 4 - 10

10 athletes from Kiffmann’s Maui Elite Taekwondo competed at the largest Nationals to date

Jerico San Agustin becomes the first Taekwondo athlete from Maui to win a National Championship in a Black Belt Senior Olympic sparing division. He dominated the fin weight division winning four straight matches, three of them with point gap.

Team Kiffmann medalists were:

Black Belt:

Jerico San Agustin: Men’s Fin weight Olympic Sparring- Gold


Jozea Sanchez: 8 to 9 year old female Olympic Sparring – Silver

Kristina Duarte: 10 to11 year old female Olympic Sparring – Silver


Baba Sanchez: 6-7 year old male Olympic Sparring – Bronze


Isaiah Perreira: 6-7 year old male Olympic Sparring – Silver


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Jerico San Agustin and  Miles Kiffmann make AAU Taekwondo National Team

Miles Kiffmann and Jerico San Agustin of Kiffmann’s Maui Elite Taekwondo competed at the 2019 AAU Taekwondo National team trials in Greensboro, NC , August 1-3, 2019. They both qualified for the event by medaling at AAU Taekwondo Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, June 30-July 6, 2019, where Jerico took first and Miles took third place.

In the Junior 15-17 black belt  Olympic sparring -48kg division Jerico San Agustin won all 4 matches, defeating the 2018 national team member Jaden Baxter twice by point gap. Jerico placed first and is now the 2019/2020 AAU Junior fly weight A-team member

In the 18-32 black belt Olympic sparring -68kg division Miles Kiffmann lost a very close match in finals to Henry Beckwith. Miles placed second and  is now the 2019/2020 AAU Senior light weight B-team member

Both athletes will be representing USA by competing at several World Taekwondo events starting with the Canada Open Taekwondo Championships  OCT 4 - 6, 2019 / MONTREAL, QUEBEC

San Agustin wins bronze at U.S. Open

Jerico San Agustin of Kiffmann’s Maui Elite Taekwondo claimed a bronze medal at the U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships, held Feb. 28-March 3 in Las Vegas.

San Agustin won his first three matches in the junior sparring (15-17) male flyweight (48 kilograms) division before losing a close match to eventual champion Kenneth Victoriano of California, 37-33, in the semifinals.

San Agustin started the tournament with a 17-8 win over Jacob Du, defeated Dorian Walczak 38-27 and then beat Guillermo Rodriguez Ponce of Mexico 13-11.

The U.S. Open included over 2,400 elite black belt athletes, including Olympians, from 80 countries.

2018 World Taekwondo Federation President's Cup results

The 2018 World Taekwondo President's Cup was held in Las Vegas, NV from October12-14, 2018. It featured Olympians and elite athletes from more than 50 Countries making it the highest ranked international Olympic Qualification event (G2) in the USA along with the US Open Taekwondo Championship.

In the Black Belt Boys 8-9 (-30kg) division Ka'ale Mailou Kaiwi (8-9) earned a Gold medal after receiving a bye in semis and defeating a competitor from USA in the finals.

Black Belt Olympic Qualifier Division:

Miles Kiffmann competed in bantam weight (-63kg) and won his first match against the 2018 US Open Gold medalist Gabriel Marques from Brazil, before losing to William Da Silva also from Brazil.

In the junior fin weight (-45kg) division Jerico San Agustin defeated Alejandro  Carmona  Magana from California by point gap before losing to eventual silver medalist Jake Seo (USA)

Kiffmann Taekwondo also had color belt athletes compete as this year’s event featured one day of color belt competition in addition to the Olympic qualification.

Color Belt Sparring Medalists:

Jan San Agustin (15-17 jr female) – Gold

Kiarie Lei Kaina (6-7 Girls) Gold

Kristina Duarte (6-7 Girls) Silver

Hi’ialo Mailou Kaiwi (6-7boys) Gold

Kaeo Kaina(10-11 boys) Gold

Andre AJ Valdez (6-7 boys) Gold

Lesili Bertelsen (10-11 boys) Silver

Radyn Yap (10-11 boys) Bronze

Tama Bertelsen (6-7 boys) Silver

Kristina Duarte also got Bronze in Breaking division .

Jerico San Agustin wins Silver at the 2018 Canada Open Taekwondo Championship

The 2018 Canada Open Taekwondo Championship was held SEP 14 - 16, 2018 in  RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA. It was an international Olympic Qualification event (G1).

Miles Kiffmann competed in the senior feather weight division and won his first match against BENAOUDA Bachir from Canada. He lost in Quarter Finals to the eventual Gold medalist Yosvel Perez

Miles also coached Jerico San Agustin in the Black Belt Junior fin weight division. Jerico first defeated Bryon Shon(USA) by point gap to reach the semi finals, where he won against Dofat (USA). He lost the finals to Omar Salim (USA) to earn a Silver medal.

Event site:

Maui News Article

2018 Hawaii Sate Championship/USAT National Qualifier -Feb 24-Oahu

Black belts:

Ka'ale Mailou Kaiwi: sparring- gold, poomsae-gold

Lydia Tan: sparring- gold, poomsae-gold

Jerico San Agustin:  sparring- gold

Anisha Patterson: sparring- gold

Miles Kiffmann: sparring- gold

Kathryn Kiffmann: sparring- gold


Color Belts:

Travis Cohan: sparring- gold, poomsae-gold

Radyn Yap: sparring- silver, poomsae-gold

Lesili Bertelsen: sparring- gold, poomsae-silver

Tama Bertelsen: sparring- silver, poomsae-gold

Zayden Collins: sparring- gold, poomsae-silver

The team also earned several medals in exhibition divisions.



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!!