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Master Dennis Kim, USTigers’ Secret Weapon

 

Champions are made, not born. It takes a family to produce a potential champion; and an old Chinese Proverb says that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. When Brandon Ivey, Christian Yun, and Josh Liu and other champions from the USTigers Taekwondo School were ready, the master teacher appeared. That teacher is Master Dennis Kim from the USTigers World Taekwondo Federation School of Taekwondo, Haymarket, VA. Master Dennis is also an Olympic coach to the USA International Taekwondo Olympic Team.

 

 

(Master Dennis Kim with the 2013 Washington,DC Sparring Champion’s Trophy)

 

 

He has been recognized by the Governor of the State of Virginia for his contributions to the State of Virginia.

 

 

 

 

Master Dennis was appointed an advisory member of theWorld Taekwondo Federation Headquarters at Kukkiwon in Seoul, Korea.

 

 

 

 

 

 Josh Liu has been a member of the USA Taekwondo Cadet National Team multiple times. Most recently, he represented USA at teh Cadet World Taekwondo Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan in July, 2014.

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On March 23, 2014 Brando Ivey represented the USA in the World WTF Taekwondo Championship Tournament in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. He defeated FIVE heavy weight black belt fighters from various countries around the World. It was a single elimination tournament and Brandon went undefeated.

(Master Dennis Kim, above far right, with his twin brother Master Alex Kim, left foreground, and  Brandon Ivey, 2014 Junior World Heavyweight Taekwondo Black Belt Champion.)

 

Brandon Ivey has studied the Taekwondo art since he was 7, learning “the way of the fist and the foot” and its tenets of discipline and respect from Master Dennis Kim.

“He wants to win so bad, he’s willing to go that extra mile to make it happen,” said Kim, owner of the US Tigers school and a coach for USA Taekwondo, the sport’s governing body in this country. “His desire to win is greater than anyone else I’ve ever trained.”

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A Blogger commented that the USTigers’ website doesn’t do them justice. Current students of USTigers have the privilege of being steeped in raw potential: all instructors at USTigers are Kukkiwon-certified fourth-degree black belts or higher, and have competed at national or international levels in Taekwondo, either in Poomsae (forms) or competition sparring. Regular classes over the past four weeks have been taught by Masters Charlie and Kyle, both friendly and vibrant characters who clearly possess skill enough to teach even higher-degree black belts and an earnestness to teach that makes even the newest beginner feel welcome. USTigers also apparently has very close ties to Phoenix Taekwondo, another local dojang, and Phoenix’s excellent instructors (namely Masters Won and Jeong) have visited to teach classes. Upon simple conversation with Master Dennis Kim, the proprietor of USTigers, it is clear that he is much more concerned with instilling the values and skills of Taekwondo in his students than he is with extracting their pocketbooks. The system of payment works much more similarly to a gym than to other dojang that the reviewer has visited: students pay once a month and are allowed to attend as often or as little as they like, with there being a class to attend nearly every day of the week. However, the belt-testing system occurs and is paid for separately, and not attending classes will probably have an effect on the length of time it takes to be allowed to escalate in belt level. Finally, USTigers has the gamut of competitive teams: a sparring team (the S.E.T or Sparring Elite Team), a Poomsae team, and a Demonstration team. Practices and qualification for these teams are both extremely rigorous, and has as a result produced several outstanding members. The S.E.T, especially, has seen a two-time United States Junior Olympic team member, as well as a Virginia State Champion in Taekwondo; Master Dennis is, himself, an assistant coach on the United States National Team for Taekwondo. 

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 As a 10-year-old, Christian Yun envisioned big plans for himself in the Taekwondo realm—he craved a spot on the U.S. Junior National Taekwondo Team. It was a five-year process, but Christian finally achieved that goal.

From the beginning, Christian has trained with Master Dennis Kim, owner of USTigers Taekwondo, for about 12 hours per week Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The student/coach relationship has lasted eight years and is ongoing.

Originally, Kim’s business was based in Ashburn. He later opened another location in Gainesville and operated both schools until 2010, when he handed over the Ashburn location, which is now called Phoenix Taekwondo. He now solely works out of the Gainesville location, which is still titled USTigers.

Christian’s sessions with Kim resemble those of CrossFit, a core strength and conditioning program. “My belief is that if you don’t have the body for it, you just won’t succeed, so we work on their body a lot,” Kim said, noting his students don’t spend the majority of their workouts kicking and punching, despite stereotypes.

The vigorous training has obviously been worth it, as Christian has competed on the regional, state and, of course, national level.

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Champion Of The World, Brandon Ivey

Brandon Ivey is the first Heavyweight Black Belt Taekwondo Champion from America since 1986. He is a junior at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia.

Champions are made, not born. It takes a family to produce a potential champion; and an old Chinese Proverb says that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. When Brandon was ready, his master teacher appeared. That teacher is Master Dennis Kim from the USTigers World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) School of Taekwondo, Haymarket, VA.

On March 23 Brandon Ivey represented the USA in the World WTF Taekwondo Championship Tournament in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. He defeated FIVE heavy weight black belt fighters from various countries around the World. It was a single elimination tournament and Brandon went undefeated. All of his fights were razor-edge close. The final match was a sudden death overtime match against Hamza Kattan of Jordan. Brandon won the match 5-4. His opponents were champions from the republic of the Philippines, Azerbaijzan, Spain, Russia, and Jordan.

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Brandon Ivey Reclaims The World Heavyweight Black Belt Crown For The USA

 

Meet Brando Ivey the first Heavyweight Black Belt Taekwondo Champion from America since 1986.

Brando Ivey is the first Heavyweight Black Belt Taekwondo Champion from America since 1986. He is a junior at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia.

Here he is with his coach, Master Dennis Kim, from the USTigers WTF School of Taekwondo, Haymarket, VA. Last week Brando Ivey represented the USA in the World WTF Taekwondo Championship Tournament in Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. He defeated FIVE heavy weight black belt fighters from various countries around the World. It was a single elimination tournament and Brandon went undefeated. All of his fights were razor-edge close. The final match was a sudden death overtime match against Hamza Kattan of Jordan. Brandon won the match 5-4. His opponents were champions from the republic of the Philippines, Azerbaijzan, Spain, Russia, and Jordan. CONGRATULATIONs to Brandon. He is only 16 years old and a “master of his game”.

Listen to the Brandon Ivey interview after winning the championship  http://vimeo.com/89990145

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The number one athlete in the world has always been recognized as the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World. Every other major sport is a team sport. In basketball there are five men on a team who can play at one time. Baseball has nine players, football has eleven players, and soccer has eleven players on the field competing at one time. In boxing there is only one. It is one against one, head to head and toe to toe; and may the best man win. Boxers fight with their fists, but Taekwondo fighters use both their hands and feet. Full contact Taekwondo fighting is closer to boxing than any other sport in the world. Taekwondo tournament fighters are amateurs and do not get paid, whereas professional boxers are professionals and make large sums of money. Beyond that they are similar in many respects.
Brandon was successful because of his mental approach to his sport, Taekwondo. He is a fierce competitor and has mastered a winner’s mindset, which he began to develop at a very young age with the help of his long time coach, Master Dennis Kim.
Brandon had a compelling reason for continuously working hard and sacrificing on a daily basis. When Brandon was only 7 years old, Master Dennis taught him to set and write down his specific goals. He said he wanted to be the Champion of the World.
Master Dennis tells all of his fighters at the USTigers Taekwondo School that there is absolutely no substitute for consistent, daily, hard work! You can’t just work hard whenever you feel like it. It can’t be a sometimes thing! It has to be an every day thing. This is true in all sports, but especially so in combative sports, like Taekwondo. To become a champion you  have to train yourself to continuously step outside of your comfort zone, physically, mentally and emotionally. Brandon Ivey was able to do this. Whenever he trained, he didn’t just mindlessly go through the motions. He focused on making sure his kicking and punching techniques were precise. Master Dennis believes that one must perform a technique ,at least, one thousand times to learn it, and ten thousand times to perfect it. Only then can you say that you have mastered it.
Master Dennis says that part of the reason for Brandon’s success is that he has ice water in his veins and he thoroughly believes in himself.  One thing that separates really great athletes from everyone else is that no matter what happens and no matter how many failures or setbacks they suffer, they never stop believing in themselves.
It is impossible for a fighter to fight his best when it counts the most if he or she gets too nervous before the fight. Anything more than a case of minor butterflies in the stomach is not good. One can be the best coached, the best conditioned, the strongest, fastest and most talented fighter in the match, but if you cannot control the pre-fight nervousness, you are not going to win. Brandon has never suffered from pre-fight juitters. He has learned to maintain his composure under pressure. In a few of his fights when he was behind on points and the time clock was running out, Brandon remained as cool as a cucumber, and he managed to win the fight.

 

Brandon Ivey

USA Taekwondo

Height: 6-0
Weight: 168 lbs.
High School: Briar Woods High School (Ashburn, Va.)
Year of Graduation: 2015
Coach: Dennis Kim

AWARDS:
2013 USAT Junior Male Athlete of the Year

Other Sports Played in High School: football

Hobbies: computers
MAJOR COMPETITION RESULTS:
2014  USA Taekwondo Junior National Team Trials (men’s heavy): FIRST
2014  U.S. Junior National Team member (Heavy)

2013  USAT National Championships (Jr. Heavy): GOLD
2013  USAT Junior National Team Member (Heavy)

2012 
World Junior Championships (Jr. Lt. Heavy): Round of 16
-lost to Nikos Karamangiolis (GER), 5-2, in Round of 16
2012  U.S. Open (Jr. Lt. Heavy): SILVER
-def. Zeph Putnam (USA), 3-2, in quarterfinals
-def. Jacob Bolanos (USA), 9-4, in semifinals
-lost to Misael Lopez Jaramillo (MEX), 7-4, in finals

2012  Junior World Championships Team Member (Jr. Lt. Heavy)
2012 
Junior World Championships Open Team Trials (Jr. Lt. Heavy): 1st

IVEY,
Brandon

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FIGHTER

Stats*

  • 14 registered fights, fighter won 11 out of them. That’s a rate of 78.6%
  • 80 hitpoints distributed and 51 collected during fights.
  • Won 2 golden point(s) and lost 0.
  • Participated at 6 tournaments, 6 with international and 0 with national valuation.
* These data may not be used to assessing an athlete, as the level of the tournament (national / international, etc.) is not considered. Calculated on the basis of all available data.

Career Ranking

livetime ranking of all international fighters
Brandon is on place 1.625 with 74 points.

Saison Ranking

Ranking calculated: 10.04.2014 21:57:38
Categorie Weightclass Ranking Points
youth male -73 1.188
youth male -78 29.344
youth male +78 55.126

Results

Results international

result year tournament city weight category
bronze 3. 2011 US Open Austin +78 youth international 1.50 0
silver 2. 2012 US Open Las Vegas -78 youth international 2.50 0
PAR 2012 World Championships Sharm El-Sheikh -78 youth international 5.00 2
gold 1. 2013 US Open Las Vegas +78 youth international 3.50 0
silver 2. 2013 Pan American Championships Queretaro +78 youth international 10.00 4
gold 1. 2014 World Championships Taipai City +78 youth international 35.00 10

Rivals and results

Rivals and results international

winner points looser

2012

US Open,
-78 youth
1/02-Finale IVEY, Brandon 9 : 4 BOLANOS, Jacob
1/01-Finale LOPEZ JARAMILLO, Misael 7 : 4 IVEY, Brandon
World Championships,
-78 youth
Trainer / Coches:
MORENO, Juan Miguel
1/16-Finale IVEY, Brandon 5 : 2 KATTAN, Ahmad
1/08-Finale KARAMANGIOLIS, Nikos 5 : 2 IVEY, Brandon

 

In 2013 at the US Open these were the fight results

+78 youth
1/02-Finale IVEY, Brandon 12 : 10 STEWART, Jordan
1/01-Finale IVEY, Brandon 5 : 3 LI, Yanfeng
Pan American Championships,
+78 youth
1/04-Finale IVEY, Brandon 8 : 6 POGONZA, Javier
1/02-Finale IVEY, Brandon 17 : 1 SENA DENICOLA, Cesar Augusto
1/01-Finale LOPEZ JARAMILLO, Misael 1 : 0 IVEY, Brandon

At the 2014  World Championships In Taiwan, China these were the points scored in the Finals

+78 youth
1/16-Finale IVEY, Brandon 6 : 5 ALEJANDRO, Joel Felipe
1/08-Finale IVEY, Brandon 4 : 2 KANAMATOV, Magomedrasul
1/04-Finale IVEY, Brandon 1 : 0 GARCIA VAZQUEZ, Victor
1/02-Finale IVEY, Brandon 6 : 5 KHADEEV, Emil
1/01-Finale IVEY, Brandon 1 : 0 KATTAN, Hamza

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