For the past three years, seventeen-year-old native San Antonian, Arman Diego Polanco, has spent his summers abroad in Taiwan, training in taekwondo with the National Taiwan Sports University. Diego admires the Taiwanese culture, and believes his trips abroad give him a further sense of purpose with his sport while being able to perfect his poomsae forms without distractions.
Diego is a gold (2015), silver (2017), and bronze (2016) medal recipient in the Individual Freestyle Poomsae competition at US Nationals, a Kukkiwon Second Dan Black Belt, and a junior at Reagan High School in San Antonio where he studies Mandarin as a second language, and is a member of the choir. It is our honor at Elite Karate to announce that on August 29, 2017, Diego will be attending the Pan American Cadet and Junior Championships in Costa Rica as a member of the USA Taekwondo Poomsae Team, competing in the Individual Freestyle Poomsae competition.
Diego began Taekwondo lessons at the age of nine at Elite Karate under the mentorship of Grand Master Raymond Hsu, whom himself is a Kukkiwon Eighth Dan Black Belt and world renowned Poomsae referee and instructor. Diego has spent his spare time volunteering, as a member of the Demo Team, working as a junior instructor and developing his taekwondo skills daily at Elite Karate. Outside of taekwondo he enjoys bowling, golf, and watching movies.
Elite Karate is proud to home Diego’s talents, determination and perseverance. Other mentors and coaches who have guided Diego during his Taekwondo career are: Master Elva Pai Adams—1988 Olympic Bronze Medal Recipient and 2016 Rio Olympic Taekwondo USA Referee, Master Yu Cheng Ou— head instructor at Elite Karate, and Master Amber who resides in Taiwan. Diego says, “…Taekwondo gives him the skills and knowledge to push himself physically and mentally.”