Lucas Resident is a USAT Taekwondo State Champion
On March 17, Lucas resident, Allie Johnson won the USAT Taekwondo State Championship for her division as a second degree black belt. This is a single elimination competition. She laughingly said that she thought she had lost the final fight due to confusion as to which chest guard color she was wearing. Master Chris Adamson realized her confusion and used it to encourage her to work harder. She said, “I had won state and national championships before, but never as a black belt. I laughed at myself and let it sink in that I was State Champion. I was really happy and couldn’t stop smiling.”
Allie had tried many sports but never felt like she had found her ‘sports home’ until she was nine-years-old and stepped into House of Dragons Taekwondo (formerly NTA Frisco), met Master Chris Adamson (5th degree black belt) and instantly felt like she was a part of the Taekwondo family.
Her favorite aspect of Taekwondo is the adrenaline rush she gets while competing and connecting with her Taekwondo family, “It’s fun doing it together.”
To become a black belt in Taekwondo one must know blocks, kicks, forms, combinations, how to spar, board breaks and one weapon. To become a second degree black belt the same skills are required, but at a more advanced level and a second weapon is added. After you earn your first degree black belt, you must wait a year before testing for the second degree. After earning your second degree black belt, you wait two years before testing for third degree, and so on.
Allie said that through her Taekwondo experience she has gained confidence, self-control, determination, perseverance, how to work with others, how to act under pressure and self-defense. Testifying to Allie’s Taekwondo infused confidence, Amy Johnson, Allie’s mother, tells of a time early in Allie’s Taekwondo experience when she was at school and a child was being bullied, Allie stood up to her peers and told them to leave the child alone.
Rod Johnson, Allie’s father, said, “It’s scary to watch her spar.” She’s at the level where they can do kicks to the head. He said the thing he is most proud of is that each year she has competed at State Championships, she has received the Academic Achievement Award for earning all A’s in school. He is also proud of his daughter’s graciousness, “She didn’t lose often, but when she did, she was gracious. Now that she is winning, she’s gracious as well.”
Allie is fifteen-years-old and a freshman at Lovejoy High School. During the school year, Allie spends 15 hours training weekly; that time increases to 20-24 hours a week in the summer. Training includes taking classes to increase her endurance interspersed with bursts of energy as well as strength training. She takes sparring classes to prepare her for the unexpectedness that occur in fights as well as reading her opponent. Some classes are dedicated to drills for muscle memory. She also coaches younger students, which she really enjoys.
In 5 years, Allie has competed in 29 Tournaments. 12 of those were state championship tournaments through various Taekwondo organizations, seven were national championship tournaments and ten were open tournaments.She has won 47 medals in various events, including Kyorugi (Sparring), Poomsae (Forms), Board Breaking, and Jumping High Kick.31 of her medals were gold.17 of her Gold Medals were State Championships in various events. This year's USAT Championship was her first as a Black Belt. She has won 4 National Championships including the 2015 USAT National Championship in Sparring. She has won three consecutive National Championship in Jumping High Kick at the US Open, which includes international competitors. The 29 total tournaments include 8 since becoming a Black Belt. As a Black Belt, she has earned 1 Gold (this year's USAY) and 7 Silver medals in sparring. As a Black Belt, she won her most recent (third) National Championship in the Jumping High Kick. During practice, Allie has kicked straight up to break a board 7'10" off the floor. Her personal best in a tournament is 7'6”.