Tae Kwon Do

Taken from the Daily Herald of March 14th 2006
Naeem Juliana won a gold medal in the heavy weight division of the International Tae Kwon Do Championships in Puerto Rico this weekend (Mar 11th 2006). Juliana, at age 16, competed in the 72 kilo and up division.

More than 600 athletes from the USA, Dominican Republic, Barbados, Puerto Rico, St. Barths and St. Maarten competed in the 13th annual event.

Juliana was not the only St. Maartener winning gold at the 2-day long tournament.
The St. Maarten team under the leadership of Theo Liu, master at the King Yen Tae Kwon Do School, consisting of 15 athletes, age 6 to 16, won 8 gold medals, 3 silver and 8 bronze.

"It was a very tough competition", said Liu, upon his return to the Friendly Island yesterday. "I'm very proud of the results."

Also winning gold medals were;
Martzia Gumbs, Theo Dupont, Roberto Patrick, Darryl York, Armani Aventurin and Shakeel Marten.

The entire St. Maarten squad competed in the junior division, age 14 to 17.
At age 13, Gumbs competed in the female 54 to 58 kilo group.
7 year old Dupont fought in the male 18 to 10 kilo division.
Patrick won gold in the male 32 to 36 kilos. He is 9 years old.
15 year old York competed and won in the 62 to 66 kilo division.
Aventurin, age 10, won his gold medal in the 32 to 36 kilo division.

The team had 3 athletes finish in second place.
Gregory Peterson, Martienne Gumbs and Sean Larmonie all earned silver medals.

Bronze medals went to 6 year old Justin Lee, 7 year old Lee-Ann Liu, Cameron Lee, Frank van Es and Shakeel Marten.

Three members of the team also entered in the Tae Guks competition.
Tae Guks are the practice patterns of kicks, blocks and punches the athletes study and perform.
Sean Aventurin won a gold medal in patterns.
Frank van Es and Naeem Juliana both earned bronze medals.

The St. Maarten team, training at the King Yen School, will take a short break, before resuming training.
The school is scheduled to see action again in St. Croix tournament March 25 to 26th



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Taken from the Daily Herald of April 6th 2006

Jason Juliet

Jason Juliet of St. Maarten won a gold medal at the Caribbean Tae Kwon Do Championships.
Jason was part of the Netherlands AntillesTae Kwon Do team. The team placed third overall in the competition held in Barbados this past weekend.

Juliet competed in the 70 kilo division. Other fighters on the Netherlands Antilles team also medaled.
Gerral Doran took gold in the 62 kilo group. Reynare Koeyers won a gold medal in the 84 kilo weight class. Audy Mullet won bronze in the 54 kilo weight class.

Juliet returned to Curacao to continue training with the national team. April 26th, Juliet has been invited to Canada to train with the National Tae Kwon Do team for two weeks.


Still on the horizon for Juliet and the Netherlands Antilles team is participation in the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) championships in Colombia, the Pan American Championships in Argentina, The U.S. Open in Dallas and the World Championships in Spain.

Juliet has been a member of the national team for two years. He started training with Master Oster Herbert of the Dragon Princess School on St. Maarten and worked his way up to a black belt.
He has already represented the Netherlands Antilles in several international competitions and was selected to attend a high performance Tae Kwon Do seminar in Mexico in December 1st to 15th last year.


Taken from the Daily Herald of July 3rd 2006
Jason Juliet of St. Maarten won silver and a gold medal in Mexico in the Tae Kwon Do championships this weekend.
Juliet took silver in class in combat and gold for patterns. Juliet was the only St. Maartener on the Netherlands Antilles team of five athletes. Four of the five, including Juliet, qualified to compete at the Central American and Caribbean games that will be held in Colombia later this month. In addition to Julietís medals, the Netherlands Antilles team won one gold, one silver and one bronze medal. One athlete injured his hand and did not qualify for the CAC games.

Jason Juliet has been on the National Team for more than two years and has competed in several international competitions in the Caribbean, Canada and Europe.
In April 2006, he won a bronze medal at the Caribbean Tae Kwon Do Championships. The Netherlands Antilles placed third overall in the competition held in Barbados. Juliet competed in the 70 kilo division.

After the CAC games, Juliet also hopes to compete in the Pan American Championships in Argentina, the US open in Argentina and the World Championships in Spain