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A bronze medal for Scecina senior


  Chris Duncan plans to take his test soon for his fourth-degree black belt in taekwondo.  

By Beth Murphy 

Scecina senior Chris Duncan spent some of his summer out of the country. In Britain specifically. Although he wasn’t technically on vacation, he did bring back an impressive shiny souvenir: a bronze medal. 

Chris, who has a third-degree black belt in taekwondo, competed in his second international competition at the Taekwondo Alliance Great Britain World Championships in London. He came away with third place in his sparring division for the black belt light heavyweight cadet boys 15-17 years old. Facing competition from all over the world, Chris tied for third with a British competitor, winning the bronze behind the Swedish champion and a Russian who took second. 

“It’s kind of the pinnacle of what you want to reach in terms of competitions,” Chris described the TAGB world championships. 

A primer: Taekwondo is a martial art requiring self-discipline and a high code of personal conduct. Taekwondo emphasizes kicking techniques, while karate focuses on hand strikes. 

Chris trains three or four times a week and frequently drives or flies to Plano, Texas, to train with Grand Master Scott McNeely at PSA Martial Arts. It was in Plano last October where Chris qualified for the World Championship team. For Chris, taekwondo has been his ticket toward becoming a more self-assured and confident young man. 

“It really helped me to come out of my shell,” he said. “It forces you out. It builds really good character, and it kind of humbles you to see people who have done it for so long and do it so well. It’s helped a lot with my work ethic. I had really bad time management, but you have to work at it and be self-motivated.” 

Chris needs the self-discipline to keep up on his taekwondo, his academics and his other activities such as Scecina’s Robotics, Debate and Chess clubs. He plans to study engineering in college. 

Chris went to Little Flower Catholic School. He is the son of George and Margie Duncan. 

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Angie Therber wrote:
Wow, I admire you for your accomplishments! Congratulations, and have a great senior year!

Thu, September 8, 2016 @ 7:55 AM

2. Julie McAllen-Null wrote:
Wow, that's impressive! Congratulations!

Tue, September 13, 2016 @ 9:39 AM

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