3rd Asian open Chuncheon Korea

On my way to the Asian open. Should be a really good tournament, several of the top teams are going to be there. Russia has a full team, turkey, Iran are attending. 6 top ten guys a will be there. Real potential to move up the world ranking with a good showing.

Weigh in the 30th and fight on the 1st.

Stay tune !!

Gold In New Zealand

Feeling very Blessed. I had the opportunity to Travel To New Zealand and compete in the Oceania Open May 13th. New Zealand is a beautiful country and people are super friendly. I made it to the Gold medal round and Faced Croatia, the number one rank athlete in the world in K44 +75kg division. The competition was fierce as you would expect from the worlds top rank athlete, but i was able to come out on top winning by a score 17-22 winning gold and accumulating 20 WTF points which will place me  4th in the world rankings.

Now its off to Korea to compete in the 3rd Asian Para Taekwondo open July 1st in Chuncheon, Korea. Looking forward to the competition. The roster is shaping up with some very good athletes to compete against  hoping to continue the winning ways and more WTF points.

Stay Tuned!!

 

Challenge Athlete Foundation

Just received news of a Grant I will be receiving  provided by Challenge Athlete foundation.  Very humbled to be one of  the many of athletes that they support.. Challenge Athlete Foundation (CAF)  is a Fantastic organization that has helped thousands of athletes with funding for training,  and equipment. Please go to link on my home page and find out more about them, maybe get involved with volunteering, or donating.  THANK YOU CAF I will being putting this to good use in the coming months .

Collegiate Championship Today

In San Diego with University of Central Oklahoma Taekwondo team.  Fighting in the able body Light Heavy weight division. Haven’t fought in able body in over a year so this is going to be interesting. I’m excited to get to compete. Had Plans to be in Rwanda Africa at this time competing in the African Open but ran into logistical problems. So decided to compete here as a tune up for the Oceania Open in  New Zeeland  May 9th-12th .

Another Incredible Athlete With Brachial Plexus Palsy

There’s no question about it: Disabilities don’t necessarily have to limit a person’s ability in sports. In fact, there’s an array of adaptive sports opportunities available to men, women, and children with intellectual or physical disabilities.

But boxing isn’t usually one of them. Particularly when a serious physical condition limits the use of an entire arm – boxing would seem impossible.

But this assumption has never stopped Joe Hughes – a 25-year-old British boxing champion – whose right arm is near-totally impaired by a rare condition called Erb’s palsy.

What Is Erb’s Palsy?

Erb’s palsy, a form of brachial plexus palsy, affects 1 or 2 of every 1,000 babies. The condition got its name in the late 19th century from Wilhelm Erb, a doctor who described the condition for the first time.

Erb’s palsy is generally caused by a complicated birth, when delivery is too forceful. In such cases, nerves between the neck and shoulder are stretched and damaged, which weakens – or even paralyzes – the muscles in the child’s arm.

The severity of Erb’s palsy depends on how many nerves are affected, and the extent of their damage. Accordingly, the aftermath can range from an affected individual being unable to bend the arm to developing Horner syndrome.

Treatments can include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, and nerve grafts. In time, some children’s nerves even recover on their own. Hughes, whose right arm is about 3 inches shorter than his left, wasn’t so lucky – as there is still a lot of nerve and muscle damage to his right shoulder. Still, he ended up becoming a professional boxer and achieving 14 wins out of his 16 to date.

Read Here for more of Joe Hughes story

 

Incredible Athletes with Brachial Plexus Palsy

Harold Vincent Connolly

  • Nickname: Hal
  • Date of Birth: August 1, 1931
  • Date of Death: August 18, 2010
  • Personal Best: 71.26 meters (223’9″) on June 20, 1965
  • Athletic Accomplishments:
    • 1956 Olympic Gold Medalist
    • Four-time Olympian (1956, 1960, 1964, 1968)
    • Six-time World Record Holder. Held the world record without interruption from 1956 to 1965.

Harold Vincent Connolly, Jr. was born in Somerville, Massachusetts in 1931 to working-class Irish-American parents.  At twelve-and-a-half pounds, he set the record for the heaviest baby born at Somerville Hospital.  His size caused his left shoulder to be dislocated at birth, crushing his brachial plexus nerves.   He struggled with the injury throughout his childhood, fracturing his left arm thirteen times.   By adulthood, he had a left arm that four-and-a-half inches shorter than his right and a left hand two-thirds the size of his right.

Determination, Drive and not take no for an answer, that’s what breeds success.

To learn more of this story on determination