Students also earn black belts, and others qualify as TKD referees
by: John Brewington, Alex Masog, 10, shows some of his technique prior to testing for his 1st Degree Black Belt on Saturday. Masog also put on a sword demonstration. He is a student at Otto H. H. Petersen Elementary. He passed both the black belt and sword tests.

Eight athletes and three referees from Lewis Taekwondo School had a successful tournament at the Pan American Open Championships, held for the first time in Portland at the Convention Center on May 26.

Grand Master James Wade Lewis reported there were 800 competitors from 20 countries.

Eight students from the school brought home a total of 13 gold medals, one silver medal, and one bronze medal. They also had three referees in the tournament: Senior Master, 6th Dan, James Wade Lewis; Mark Waggoner; and Riann Waggoner.

Pan Am performances included: Ashley Jobin, gold in sparring; Alex Mason, gold in forms and sparring; Noah Masog, gold in forms, bronze in sparring; Tristan Johnson, gold in forms and sparring; Jasmine Dietrick, gold in forms and sparring; Carson Anderson, gold in forms, silver is sparring; Madeline Masog, gold in forms and sparring; and Jimmy Vanek, golf in forms and sparring.

On Saturday, June 2, the school had five students test for 1st Degree Black Belts. They were Alex Mason, Madeline Masog, Mark Waggoner, Hanna Brumbles, and Jose Lujano. The testing was held at their training facility on Millard Road in St. Helens.

All the students were sccessful in their black belt quests. Alex Masog, Madeline Masog, and Noah Masog also passed their sword forms test.

Additionally, Lisa Masog has been certified as a Taekwondo instructor by the PATU and is now teaching an afternoon class at the school.

Six members of Lewis' Taekwondo School have qualified as new Pan American Taekwondo Intentional referees. They included: Mark Waggoner, Riann Waggoner, Grand Master Wade Lewis, Senior Master Sara Lewis, Lisa Masog, and Jeff Masog.

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