Aug. 14, 2006

13-year-old earns junior black belt

By Samantha Schommer
Staff Intern

Lorin Andrews of Waverly just turned 13 years old and is a force to reckon with.

Andrews is a junior black belt in TaeKwonDo.

At the young age of 5, he began training in the art of Taekwondo, and has been hooked ever since.

After achieving his junior black belt at age 8, he competed in the US Junior Olympic Championships for the first time in 2002.

Now, four years later, he went back to the 26th annual Junior Olympic Taekwondo Championships which took place in Atlanta, Ga this past month.

While competing in Atlanta, Andrews won his first sparring match against a competitor from Florida 11-7, and lost his second match, 2-8, against a competitor from Maryland.

Andrews, the son of Dexter and Jennifer Andrews, was promoted in June to the World Taekwondo Academy’s National Team, based in Maple Grove.

There are 20 athletes on the national team, ranging in ages from 9 to 17.

For the past two years, he has been competing in a circuit of tournaments in Iowa, Illinois, North Dakota, Indiana, Missouri, and Minnesota.

Andrews recently became a member of Peak Performance, which has team members in a nationwide training program developed by three-time Olympian, two-time silver medalist Master Juan Moreno of Miami, Fla.

Andrews trains three nights a week in Maple Grove, and takes one to two classes a week at Delano’s World Taekwondo Academy, where he has been training for eight years.

In addition to his weekly trainings, he participates in day-long training sessions with other athletes from the Midwest at the Peak Performance Training Center in Waterloo, Iowa throughout the year.

Every year, he takes part in a week-long Olympic Taekwondo Sparring Camp in Maple Grove.

Andrews’ goal is to achieve a medal in sparring at the Junior Olympics, just like some of his teammates on the national team have done.

Andrews loves working and training hard to become a better athlete, traveling, and being part of a great team of athletes, his mother said.

In December, he plans on testing for his second-degree black belt.

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