This summer athletes from around the world will gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Olympics. However, in April of this year the road to Rio in the Olympic sport of taekwondo runs through Coto de Caza.
Taekwondo has achieved world-wide popularity and is the most popular martial arts in the Olympics. Just This summer athletes from around the world will gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the 2016 Olympics. a few months before the Rio Olympics, ten of the greatest athletes in the taekwondo world will be coming to Coto from around the world to be instructors in the third annual Global 8 Taekwondo Camp in Orange County, California from April 1 through 3.
The camp is designed to let young taekwondo athletes train and learn from Olympians. The first camp involved world champion and Olympian instructors from the USA. But because taekwondo is a global sport and this year is an Olympic year, the 2016 instructors will be global greats.
The list of instructors is literally a who’s who of the sport. Three of the four gold medal winners from the 2012 London Olympics will be among the 10 Olympians who will be instructors. Between them the instructors have won 15 world championships, 20 Olympic medals and numerous national and international championships. USA Olympic coach Jean Lopez will be the camp director. His brother, Steven Lopez, is also an instructor, and is a 5 time world champion, 5 time Olympian and 23 year member of the US National Taekwondo Team. Few athletes, in any sport, have achieved such success.
These great athletes are not highly compensated or well known outside of the taekwondo community. They are coming to the United States to support and grow the sport they love and they do it simply reimbursement of their expenses. It is an epic event in their sport. As Janet stated, it would be like holding a basketball camp and having Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, Steph Curry and 7 other hall of fame players not only participate in the camp but be on the court for the full 3 days instructing young athletes. Amazingly, following the camp they will travel to Rio to compete against each other for
Taekwondo athletes from around the world are recognizing the opportunity. Not only are local athletes attending, athletes from across the US, Canada, Mexico, Great Britain and Australia will be participating.