Valley woman training for taekwondo team for Rio
If there's one young lady who has a fighting chance of winning gold at the 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio, it's Jenny Quezada. She's a master martial artist in taekwondo and just won a silver medal at the U.S. National Tournament.
"For me, it's just been little baby steps at a time," Jenny said. "And now it's again seeing it and it my head and envisioning it for myself; seeing me on that podium, with that us flag on the background with that national anthem.
"It's extremely exciting. It's the fire that keeps me going ... going to national -- again you work hard, you see a result. It just makes you want to achieve more."
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But Jenny almost never got to achieve any of this. It all started when she first got the taekwondo kick as a little girl.
"My parents are both from Mexico and they came here for that American dream for the family. My dad works at a dairy farm and we still live there. So he was working two jobs full-time. So, he really didn't sleep.""I was eight years old when I wanted to become a Power Ranger," she said. "I liked Kim because she was the pink Power Ranger. But Tom was the best Power Ranger -- the white one -- so I always wanted to be Tommy.
But it was worth it. Now that work and all of Jenny's hard work is paying off.
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"A lot of people have talent," said Jenny's coach, Grand Master Rubben Lolly. "But it's not that often that you find somebody willing to put in the work to become one. Jenny's special."
Jenny still has a couple big steps to climb before she makes it to Rio. First, she has to make the U.S. National Taekwondo Team. And then the U.S. Olympic Team.
Find out more about Jenny on her website and at First Taekwondo.
Student takes taekwondo to international competition
Jenny Quezada found her martial arts inspiration early on in life.
“I wanted to do any sort of martial arts, my dream was to become a Power Ranger,” she said.
Her aspiration to be one of the action heroes led her to take up taekwondo, and now she is competing internationally in the sport.
The exercise and wellness junior will be competing in the World University Games in Shenzhen, China, on the US National Collegiate Team in August.
Quezada will be competing in sparring, which is a type of free-form fighting that is common among many types of martial arts. She received in a gold medal in sparring at the Collegiate Championships in April, which qualified her for international competition.
This is Quezada’s second time competing at an international level. Last summer, she competed in sparring in the World University Games which took place in Vigo, Spain.
And it all started when interest was still sparked by those Power Rangers television shows.
“Then once the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie came out and I watched it on VHS every single day until my parents finally decided I could try out taekwondo,” she said.
Quezada joined the American Taekwondo Association when she was eight years old. She taught at a martial arts location in Mesa when she was in high school, but had to stop once she started college.
“I really miss teaching,” she said. “It was so rewarding to see students succeed in competitions and know that you were part of it.”
Once she moved to Tempe, Quezada started doing Olympic taekwondo through the World Taekwondo Federation. She also joined the ASU Taekwondo Team.
“Taekwondo is interesting to me because I love training hard and pushing through the pain,” she said.
Quezada enjoys getting to know other practitioners during tournaments.
“I am motivated by my teammates and can relate to the work that has to be put into preparing for competitions,” she said. “It’s my outlet. It’s nice to go out to train hard and forget about everything else going on in life at the time.”
In the future, Quezada hopes to continue qualifying for the US National Collegiate Team and eventually be on the US National Team so that she can keep competing internationally.
Quezada is currently a fourth degree black belt in Taekwondo. Some of the training she does for competition includes situational training, where certain scenarios are set up.
“Besides physically pushing my body I have to make sure my mental strength is at its best,” she said. “I have to trust is what my coach has been teaching me and believe in myself so that I can execute well in the ring.”
Even though the US National Collegiate Team doesn’t compete until August, Quezada has already been able to meet and train with her teammates in a camp in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
“It’s nice to get to spend time together because it forms a strong relationship within the team before we actually compete in China,” she said. “I think we have a solid team and we will have a great outcome in China.”
One of her favorite things about Taewkondo is that it gives her the ability to meet amazing people wherever she goes.
“It’s amazing how easy it is to get to know one another because we share the same passion in taekwondo,” she said.
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Quezada was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, where her father was a copper miner, and grew up in Ciudad Juárez. She immigrated to Pittsburg, California as a teenager after the death of her father from tuberculosis. She struggled in a school district that did not make a strong effort to help her transition from a solely Spanish-speaking school into an English-speaking one.
Quezada pursued her bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, graduating in 1975 with honors, and received her master’s from Cal State Sacramento. Despite earning a teaching credential, she was unable to get a job as a teacher in the Los Angeles school district, as the district did not consider her specialty, bilingual education, to be needed.
Before joining the school board she worked for the Chicana Service Action Center in Los Angeles
and as a community relations manager for the Carnation Company. She also served as president of the Comisión Femenil Mexicana Nacional in 1981, chaired Los Angeles County Californios for Fair Representation, and worked as a coordinator and delegate for the 1984 presidential campaign of Walter Mondale.
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In 1985, the trustees of the Los Angeles Community College District appointed Quezada to its board, after another member resigned to become City Controller. Although another Latino, J. William Orozco, had previously served on the board, Quezada became its first Latina. She left the board again in 1987, when she secured a seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board, becoming its first Latina.
As a LAUSD board member, Quezada pushed for an improved bilingual education program, increased parent control in local education, year-round schooling, and allowing non-citizen parents to vote in school board elections. During her time on the board, Quezada opposed lowering academic standards for student athletes and served as a strong advocate for Latinos and immigrants in lower socioeconomic classes.
During Quezada’s first year in office, "The Master Plan" was adopted into the school district. The plan called for an increase in the number of bilingual teachers and teacher training plans for bilingual assistants to eventually become teachers. In addition to being a voice for “The Master Plan,” Quezada also advocated for a $5,000 salary incentive for bilingual teachers and college programs for bilingual teachers in training.
In 1992, Quezada was elected as the President of the Board of Education, and was the first Latina to hold that position. As president, she recruited teachers from Mexico to make up for a shortage of bilingual teachers.
She led the board through some of its most chaotic years, which included a battle against state school vouchers (Proposition 174), teacher strikes, attempts to break up the district, a controversial redistricting effort that ensured greater Latino representation on the board at the expense of the San Fernando Valley, and $700 million in damage to district facilities caused by the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Two years after her election to President, Quezada announced that she would step down from the school board. Her departure coincided with the passage of Proposition 187, which forced public schools to bar undocumented children.
In 1992, Quezada ran for a seat in the United States House of Representatives, for California's 30th congressional district, but she lost in the primary to Xavier Becerra. Her campaign had been hurt by losing the support of United Teachers Los Angeles, the local teachers union which was unhappy with her over a contract dispute.
From 1995 until 2002 Quezada was the director of the Mexican Cultural Institute of Los Angeles. In 2003 she joined California State University, San Bernardino as the program manager for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Palm Desert, and in 2008 she became the university's interim director of extension programs in their College of Extended Learning.
Pair of Arizona Taekwondo athletes to try out for Olympic team
One wanted to be a Power Ranger when she was little. The other enjoyed watching her brother practice and thought she would give it a shot.
Both will have an opportunity to make the USA Taekwondo Olympic team for 2016.
Jenny Quezada, 24, of Mesa, and Yessica Wiryawan, 19, of Phoenix, both medaled earlier this month at USA Taekwondo national championships in Austin, Texas, qualifying them for a chance at the Olympics. The pair has trained together at First Taekwondo in Chandler, and most recently with a new club called Arizona United.
Quezada first tried Taekwondo when she was eight because she wanted to be Tommy, the white Power Ranger, from the "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" TV series. Her favorite was Kim, the pink one, but Tommy was the best and she wanted to be the best.
In Austin, she nearly was the best.
The Arizona State graduate lost the national championship match in the welterweight division to Brittany Strauss of Texas, but winning a medal of any kind was enough to qualify for Olympic trials.
Wiryawan won gold in the bantam weight class. A junior studying chemical engineering at UC Berkeley, Wiryawan had played other sports — track, figure skating — but she took up Taekwondo when she was in eighth grade and has stuck with it.
“I’ve always wanted to take my Taekwondo to a higher level and be able to hopefully someday go to the Olympics,” Wiryawan said. “This is one of the stepping-stones toward that.”
A date has not been set for team trials. In the past, trials usually take place during the spring of an Olympic year. Athletes will compete in fight-offs to narrow a field of more than 100 down to 16 — eight men and eight women, only one in each weight class.
“Oh, it’s pretty intense,” said Anthony Nguyen, a coach at AZ United. “To be an Olympic team member, if you Google them, there’s only a handful of athletes that can say that.”
Nguyen and his brother, Johnny Nguyen, also a coach at AZ United, both made it to team trials in 2012, though they did not make the Olympic team. They have been practicing Taekwondo for more than 20 years.
The brothers teach at NB Taekwondo and began with AZ United when it formed in April. The nonprofit club trains together once a week, while most athletes also train at their primary school the remainder of the week. A number of Arizona-based Taekwondo coaches and athletes kept seeing each other at tournaments across the state and country and decided they would be better off training together. It also makes fundraising for travel expenses easier.
“We wanted to try to bring the cream of the crop,” Anthony Nguyen said. “The two primary schools are NB Taekwondo and First Taekwondo. The head coaches came together, we’d been training together anyway, but we finally decided to do it under one banner.”
The Nguyen brothers and Rubben Lolly, a coach at First Taekwondo, make up the coaching staff at AZ United. At nationals last week, AZ United won nine medals, five gold, one silver and three bronze. Besides Wiryawan, other gold medalists included Cirrus Augustin, 17, Cody Conran, 16, Kyle Delacruz, 12, and Gwenyth Calaro, 12.
It was a good first run for the new program, which splits time between the facilities of First Taekwondo and NB Taekwondo, both located in Chandler. Athletes ages 8 and older can train with AZ United. For Quezada and Wiryawan, the experienced staff has been invaluable. Both had previously trained under Lolly of First Taekwondo.
“(The coaches) give us plenty of help,” Quezada said. “They’ve been through the process. We motivate each other, and it’s been such an inspiration. For all of us, we bring each other up. It’s a wonderful team environment.”
Lolly and Anthony Nguyen both said seeing the success of Quezada and Wiryawan is exactly what some of the younger athletes need to see.
“(They) get a bite at Olympic trials, all these (younger) athletes are not there yet,” Lolly said. “To sell as motivation for all these young people, for us to push AZ United as a team, would be great for us."
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