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Proud Cordilleran kid is USA's "Best of the Best" in Taekwondo

Photo Courtesy || Dennis Candelaria

Cordillera - Taekwondo sensation of Cordillera, Miss Juliana Mykahil Candelaria is making waves in the United Sates as she bagged numerous awards in the United States Taekwondo Cadet World Class Competition. 

Considered the "Best of the Best" in USA Taekwondo, 12-year old Candelaria won the Gold medal in the 2020 US Open individual and Team Cadet Poomsae. 

Photo Courtesy || Dennis Candelaria

On the same year, she landed the number one spot in the USAT Grandslam Finals in Individual and Team Cadet Poomsae and became the youngest member/athlete of the USAT National Team.

She recently won Gold Medal in the Taekwondo Pan Am International Championship and silver medal in the World Taekwondo Championship.

She is training at Apex Tigers  Martial Arts in New Jersey, under the Guidance of Master Giduk Kwon. She is also training the freestyle Taekwondo of Coach Jeordan Dominguez from La Trinidad, Benguet

Juliana's parents are from Baguio City, Mr. Dennis Candelaria and Mrs. Janie Candelaria. She is the great grand daughter of former Baguio city mayor Jaime Bugnosen. They are now based in Chicago.

Starting her career in Taekwondo in 2016, here's a list of  Juliana's achievements:

2020 - US Open - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Cadet - Gold

2020 - US Open - Team Poomsae - Black Belt - Cadet - Gold

2020 - Cadet Poomsae Grand Slam - Individual - Black Belt - Cadet - 1st place

2020 - Cadet Poomsae Grand Slam - Team - Black belt - Cadet - 1st Place

2020 - AAU Illinois State Championship - Individual Poomsae - Cadet - Black Belt - Gold

2020 - AAU Illinois State Championship - Cadet Sparring - Black Belt - -30 (Fin) Gold

2019/2020 - AAU Mini Cadet Sparring National Team Member

2019 - USAT Nationals - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Youth - Gold

2019 - USAT Nationals - Youth Sparring - Black Belt - -30 kg (Fin) - Bronze

2019 - US Open - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Youth - Silver

2019 - President's Cup - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Youth - Gold

2019 - President's Cup - Sparring - Black Belt - -30 (Fin) - Youth - Bronze

2019 - Pan American International - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Youth - Bronze

2019 - Pan American International - Youth Sparring - Black Belt - -30 (Fin) - Gold

2019 - Athletic Taekwondo Union Nationals - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Youth - Gold

2019 - Athletic Taekwondo Union Nationals - Youth Sparring - Black Belt - -30 (Fin) - Gold

2019 - Midwest 10.0 Sparring - Youth Sparring - Black Belt - -30 (Fin) - Gold

2019 - AAU New Jersey State Championship - Individual Poomsae - Youth - Black Belt- Gold

2019 - AAU New Jersey State Championship - Youth Sparring - Black Belt - -30 (Fin) Gold

2019 - Michigan State Championship - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Youth - Gold

2019 - Michigan State Championship - Youth Sparring - Black Belt - -30 (Fin) - Gold

2019 - Illinois State Championship - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Youth - Gold

2019 - Illinois State Championship - Youth Sparring - Black belt - -30 (Fin) - Gold

2019 - Minnesota State Championship - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Youth - Gold

2019 - Minnesota State Championship - Youth Sparring - Black Belt - Youth Gold

2019 - Wisconsin State Championship - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt -Youth - Gold

2019 - Wisconsin State Championship - Youth Sparring - Black Belt - -30kg (Fin) - Gold

2018 - IL State Team Member (ITSO)

2018 - USAT Nationals - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Youth - Silver

2018 - President's Cup - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Youth - Gold

2018 - President's Cup - Youth Sparring - Black Belt - -30 kg (Fin) - Gold

2018 - Illinois State Championship - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Youth - Gold

2018 - Illinois State Championship - Youth Sparring - black Belt - -30 kg (Fin) - Gold

2018 - Wisconsin State Championship - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Youth - Gold

2018 - Wisconsin State Championship - Youth Sparring - Black Belt - -30 kg (Fin) - Gold

2018 - Las Vegas Open - Youth Sparring - Black Belt - -30kg ( Fin) - Silver

2017 - USAT Nationals - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - 8-9 years old - Silver

2017 - USAT Nationals - Tiger Sparring - Black Belt - 21 to 25 kg - Gold

2017 - Illinois State Championship - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Tiger - Gold

2017 - Illinois State Championship - Tiger Sparring - Black Belt - 21 to 25 kg - Gold

2016 - USAT Nationals - Individual Poomsae - Blue Belt - Tiger - Silver

2016 - Illinois State Championship - Individual Poomsae - Black Belt - Tiger - Gold

2016 - Illinois State Championship - Tiger Sparring - black Belt - 21 to 25 kg - Gold

Dennis Candelaria & teamusa.org

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