Asian Sun students have spent months preparing for the Amateur Athletic Union Taekwondo National competition, which took place June 30-July 6 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.

After qualifying for the national competition at state competitions, athletes traveled to Florida in order to test their skills.

The competition allowed athletes to compete in a range of events, including Olympic-style sparring, forms and weapons forms.The competition was fierce with more than 2,000 athletes competing from around the world.

Forms’ competitors were able to compete in a variety of forms’ styles, including Tang Soo Do, World Taekwondo, International Taekwondo Federation and an open category.

In the sparring competition, Master Anja Gardziola of Stow and Stow resident Maria Savarino received gold medals.

In the forms’ competition, Stow residents Erika Schmitt and Jessica Tackett earned gold medals.

Asian Sun was awarded a championship cup for being one of the top three schools producing the most overall medals in the forms competition.

Asian Sun also was awarded a championship cup for being one of the top three schools, producing the most overall medals in the sparring competition.

Asian Sun has nine schools, located in Aurora, Beachwood, Broadview, Green, Hudson, Medina, Montrose, Tallmadge and Wadsworth. For more information about Asian Sun, visit AsianSun.net or call 330-650-6333.

For more information on AAU Taekwondo and for complete competition results, visit AAUTaekwondo.com.