Broth­ers strike gold over seas

The Covington News - - News -

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

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