Union eighth grade student Ethan Sen is making a name for himself in national and international taekwondo competition. Sen recently won three medals at the 2017 U.S. Open Taekwondo Championships in Las Vegas, held Jan. 31 through Feb 3. He is the son of Kenneth Sen and Linda Ting of Tulsa.
Sen won a gold medal in Cadet Male Team Poomsae and two bronze medals in Cadet Coed Pairs Poomsae and Cadet Male Individual Poomsae.
The awards follow wins that Sen received last fall when he won two bronze medals in the 10th WTF World Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Lima, Peru.
Sen’s father, Kenneth Sen, said Ethan transferred to Union in seventh grade and has been in love with his new school.
“Ethan loves to go to Union Schools because it is a huge school with a lot of students and school programs. He is a very social person, and he quickly blended himself into the environment. He participates in the MathCounts program, and he is also taking debate class this year,” his father says.
In addition to taekwondo, Ethan is active in debate and hopes to fulfill requirements to be inducted into the National Junior Honor Society.
“His future plans are to continue to excel in school academics at Union and produce better results in national and international taekwondo tournaments. His goal is to be able to get into one of the Ivy League schools that has a taekwondo college team affiliated with the National Taekwondo Collegiate Association in order to compete in the Universiade (World University Games),” his father says.
Ethan Sen plans to compete in several more events including:
• 2017 Texas State Taekwondo Championships – National Qualifier (Mar. 17–18);
• 2017 Oklahoma State Taekwondo Championships – National Qualifier (Apr. 1);
• 2017 Pan American Open Taekwondo Championships (Apr. 20–23);
• 2017 ATU National Championships at Orlando, FL (May 26–27);
• 2017 USA Taekwondo National Championships at Detroit, MI (Jun. 29 – Jul. 6);
• 2017 USA Taekwondo Poomsae National Team Trials; and
• 2017 Canada Open Taekwondo Championships at Montreal, Canada (Sept. 28 – Oct. 1).