Baystate Taekwondo, a premier school in Framingham, recently sent over 30 students to the 4th Boston International Taekwondo Championship at Boston College High School, one of the largest teams that took part in the competition. The tournament included over 300 competitors from 28 schools, both local and international (including teams from Brazil, Canada, and Japan). Students from Baystate competed in sparring matches, forms (set patterns of movement performed by each competitor), and board breaking. The team from Baystate Taekwondo took home 3rd place overall and a plethora of individual gold, silver, and bronze medals. Owner and instructor Master John Alves is justifiably proud of his students and their representation of his school and their respective communities at the Championship.
Many of the 30 students from Baystate that competed at the Championship are younger students, still early in their Taekwondo training, showing great promise for the future of the program. They are all eager to compete again and Baystate looks forward to expanding the number of competitions they attend and sending strong teams to future tournaments. In additional, several high-ranking students upheld the honor of their school, including one instructor who brought home a gold medal in sparring.
Master Alves explains that one of the best things about his school is that everyone who joins (and their family) becomes part of an extended family, making for lots of fans cheering on his students at competitions such as this one. Baystate seeks to instill in its students a respect for others, hard work, cooperation, and caring about fellow students! This training also comes along with a strong sense of competition and a desire to excel. This combination helps his students grow into confident, industrious young men and women. Master Alves takes a personal interest in every student and works to help them excel not just in Taekwondo, but in life.
Master John Alves
Baystate TKD Academy
Framingham MA 01701