Brothers strike gold over seas
Andrew Schmetzer and his brother Kristopher Schmetzer represented the United States at the WAKO Junior World Championships on September 24-27 in Naples, Italy. Team USA had a very impressive showing with the 38member team bringing home 10 Gold Medals, 8 Silver Medals, and 19 Bronze Medals.
Andrew and Kristopher are natives of Conyers and have trained with the Jim Fuller’s U.M.A.S. Karate studios. Andrew is head instructor at Jim Fuller's Highway 212 karate studio, one of Fuller’s three U.M.A.S. Black Belt schools in Newton and Rockdale counties. Kristopher is head instructor at Jim Fuller’s Salem Road karate studio.
Andrew was grand champion (twice) in 2005, NASKA and ISKA Demonstration Team World Champion in 2006 and NASKA Creative Forms World Champion in 2006. Andrew appeared with K.I.C.K. Team, which has appeared on ESPN several times. Andrew has been in Tae Kwon Do magazine reporting his results at tournaments. Andrew is an eight-time World Champion and will finish 2008 with four more NASKA World Championships.
At the WAKO Junior World Championship, where more than 50 countries participated, Andrew won the Gold Medal in Boys 16-18 Hard Style Musical Weapons and won the Gold Medal in Boys 16-18 Hard Style Musical Forms.
Kristopher won the Bronze Medal in Boys 16-18 Hard Style Musical Forms. In the past, as stated on Kristopher’s Web site, he has been an eight-time World Champion, four-time National Champion and four-time Regional Champion, and Kristopher has appeared with K.I.C.K. Team on ESPN, ESPN2, M.A.C. and in Tae Kwon Do Times magazine.
“Relief that it was done after spending so many months training so hard. And seeing that hard work and pushing yourself pays off. So proud to be standing there on the podium draped in the American flag,” were Andrew and Christopher’s remarks after winning bronze and gold medals for Team U.S.A. Mark Schmetzer, their dad, added, “Andrew won his first gold on his sixteenth birthday and the American team sang happy birthday to him while he was on the podium. That was a moment in his life that he will never forget. I was thanking God for another wonderful Blessing.”
When asked about competing outside