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Generation Taekwondo 7th Anniversary Party

Carla Bayot

As he reflected on his 7th anniversary, Master Chino said, “My purpose is to share the things I’ve learned and the things I am learning with those that will have a chance to create a bigger impact than myself. This is all bigger than myself. Thank you God for giving me a platform to pursue my passion and fulfill my purpose.”   

Since opening the school, his outlook and purpose never wavered.  He reminisced, “I came back home to get back to my roots.  TKD is where it all started, and at the time the complete circle felt right to make a return to what I know best.”  The main difference was his return was not as an athlete, but as a teacher, mentor and coach.  Trying and unpacking all that he knew about the sport was the tricky part, and through the years the unpacking seemed to never cease.

He believed that his quest in learning from them is what helps him improve as a teacher.  He learned to be nimble and quick to grasp that the main focus was always about his kids.  Master Chino said with enthusiasm, “100% it’s always about the kids.  I try my best to teach them early on, that there is more to TKD than just kicking and punching.”  Doesn’t matter what age group he taught, Master Chino consistently talked his students in eye level.  He never spoke below them; never belittled nor made them feel small; and he never made them feel unwelcome.  

With years under his belt as a teacher, Master Chino whimsically said, “I can’t wait for the day, when my student will become the masters. And totally surpass all that I have done on my own as an athlete. Then only then, I will proudly say, I did something right.”

Generation TKD is not about him.  He started this because he thought he could add to the betterment of a kids’ upbringing.  Contributing to their growth was and still is his main purpose.  He delivers the purpose in the medium he knew best — TKD.

Here’s to more years to come!

2018 Canada Open Taekwondo Championship

Carla Bayot
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It is not unfathomable to feel the pang of disappointment creep on an athlete whenever the gold spot is within their reach.  Rather, the thirst to mollify that want to be the best is much more discernible than the defeat.  Angel Garcia competed in World Class Cadet Male Fly division, while Treven was in World Class Cadet Male Bantam division at this past weekend’s Canada Open held in Vancouver.  Master Chino Cruz, the ever present coach, was at the sidelines prepping and motivating them to fight with all their heart.

Like many of their fellow competitors, the cadet boys were there to win.  Their hunger to prove to themselves and their school that all their hard work was for naught, was always the one cadence in their heads.  They ran through all the play by plays Master Chino sets for them during practice.  They recalled all the mistakes needed to be avoided to out pace others.  If those were not enough, internal prayers to Lady Luck was added to make sure they covered all their bases.

Unfortunately for Treven, his journey did an abrupt detour.  As Master Chino summarized, “Treven lost a super close match last second 18-17 again.  a guy as tall as me at 41kg. He caught up from a 6 point deficit the last round, but fell a little short in the end.”  It wasn’t his time, and the purpose now is for him to get back to the drawing board.  The return back home will be hard, but Treven knows that the journey will keep begin anew with a new sense of vigor.

Angel’s trip to the Finals looked a little different than his comrade.  Master Chino was in constant communication with the rest of Generation TKD via Facebook Messenger.  Things started out the gate like business as usual, “Angel wins 9-1 against quest,” Master Chino quips.  The follow up from Master Chino created an uptick, “Angel wins in OT against TNT, really good fighter. Off to semis! Coming home with a medal.”  With another enthusiastic alert, Master Chino texted, “Angel just beat Peak in the semis 10-7, off to the finals baby!”  The GT show was out in full throttle.  The championship was within grasp, but with Master Chino’s last update, “Fell short in the finals against a really flexible and unorthodox fighter. 2nd place at the Canada Open!”  For his first time fray into an international stage outside US Open, Angel did well.  He did what he thought he couldn’t do a year ago.  He really did all of Generation TKD proud.  





Generation TKD Cross-Trains with Taema TKD

Carla Bayot

Master Chino and Master Andrew Suh grew up together in the world of TKD under the tutelage of different dojangs.  Their admiration and respect from another was evident even after they hung up fighting for glory and honor.  Their passion for the sport enacted a different kind of passion.  Their decision to open their own dojangs, Generation TKD and Taema TKD, was due to the love for the sport and the want to spread the joy it gave them.  

A few times a year, both Masters scheduled cross-training times between their black belt competitors.  The purpose of having their athletes meet was to break the monotony and be able to practice with different kids.  It was similar to the notion of a tournament where they meet new kids all the time, except the kids can practice and learn from each other.  The camaraderie between the kids were both educational and nurturing.  But don’t be tricked that once in an actual tournament, these kids will turn into fight mode.  Looking back and finding that parallel, both Masters were trying to impart such attitude to their kids.  Master Chino said, “I want the kids to cross-train with Master Suh’s kids hard, but I also want them to understand that they can respect and fight hard at the same time.  These kinds of relationships will transcend time.  Believe me it's a long career.”  He continued, “You’ll never know maybe one of my kids will open up their own dojang and one of Master Suh’s kids will open another.  The cycle then continues, and that is what we want to impart.”

In part, the premise of the the Generation Rumble that is happening on Dec 2nd was the cross-training between friendly schools, but now Master Chino opens it up to everyone in the TKD local community.  Master Chino summarized, “athletes need muscle confusion, and these rumbles/scrimmages are supposed to create that.  It will stimulate their fighting strategies and learn new things."

Generation TKD's Fall Rumble Scrimmage Early Bird
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Generation TKD's Fall Scrimmage Rumble

Early Registration online pricing is at $30, but after October 29th the fee will go up to $35 at the door.

We accept credit card or cash payments at the door.

When: December 2, 2017
Time: 11am-3pm
Where: Smash Gym
             616 S. Main Street
             Milpitas, CA 95035

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Generation TKD Attends Stanford Fall Scrimmage

Carla Bayot

Generation TKD and Manila TKD athletes’ eye on the prize for the upcoming 2018 US Open was in full display this past Saturday at the Stanford Scrimmage.  Attending this yearly event was top on the list for Master Chino because of the number of attendees from all over the bay, and some even from afar.  They all came in different ages, belts and sizes, which helped contribute to more sparring practice for his kids.  Rumbles and scrimmages offered some exceptional cross training to help gain confidence, practice what they know and get some new knowledge of themselves.

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From a movie perspective, one can surmise the premise of a scrimmage/rumble was similar to fight club where you can pick and choose who to challenge.  Minus the violent and bloody scenes, sparring athletes used events like these to size themselves against an opponent they believe can help them grow.  Master Chino said, “they should fight as many athletes of their similar weight and belt to help them get better.  I want them to bring back what they learn of themselves in the studio, and apply my teachings.”  

Up next in the docket is Generation TKD’s Fall rumble event.  Master Chino created such an event to make sure kids have the same opportunity of practices they get from Stanford’s scrimmages.  After all, it’s no coincidence both scrimmages are happening when the TKD season is leading up to the next TKD international event -- the US Open.

Generation TKD's 2017 Halloween Celebration

Carla Bayot

Miniature ghouls, goblins and ghosts roamed Generation TKD studio for most of Sunday afternoon.  It was an undeniable response of “oooooos, ahhhs and awwws” as they whizzed by the parents with all their cuteness and cuddliness.  Every year, Master Chino reveled at all the fun and levity Halloween offered, and it’s befitting that he invited all his students to the studio to come all dolled up to the scariest or cutest.

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Generation TKD decorations were led by Janelle Abcede and Pia Ramos with some help from the competition team family.  Their vision and plan came to full fruition as the kids entered the studio with their costumes and food trays.  It was an undeniable specter to not see the kids wearing their dobok and fighting gears.  Master Chino was alit in his own facial expressions as he cradled Kaleo in his arms.  He said, “I love it when the kids just chill and have a good time.”  

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Games, candies and guessing who-is-who were at the forefront on the kids’ minds.  They had not a care in the world as they tried to barter the contents of their own goody bags.  The athletes’ parents were no different.  They mingled, ate and took part on some games as well, but really they were there for the food upon food on hand.  Master Chino expressed with much satisfaction, “when the kids are having fun, I’m having fun.  These kids are infectious.  They work hard and play hard.  Watch come Monday, they’re all back to business.  I love these kids.”

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With that said, Master Chino and the athletes of Generation TKD wish everyone a safe and scary Halloween!

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Generation TKD Fall Rumble Scrimmage New Date: December 2, 2017

Carla Bayot

A letter from Master Chino Cruz:

Dear sirs and athletes,

Stanford TKD team released their Fall Scrimmage Classic this week.  Unfortunately, it will be held on November 4 on the same day as ours.  Generation TKD is an avid Stanford TKD supporter.  As a team, GT attends all their scrimmages every year.  Stanford TKD will offer plenty of opportunities for your athletes to find a good sparring partner from all over the Bay Area.  We have complete faith in their ability to create the perfect venue for all our kids to have a great time.

In effect, Generation TKD scrimmage will be postponed to December 2nd, and we hope you all will be able to join us on our event as well.  We will be extending the promotional code assigned to your school until November 20th, and we will honor those who already signed up with us.  We apologize for the schedule change.

Thank you,

Master Chino Cruz

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Vegas Strong at the President's Cup

Carla Bayot
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Whew!  What a weekend!  As the Generation TKD competition team descended upon Las Vegas, there was a surreal emotion fleeting about amidst the looming tournament at hand.  The Vegas shooting and the fatalities which incurred were atop in all the attendees’ minds.  The magnitude and severity of what happened shook people.  To add to that, the President’s Cup Tournament had athletes from Mexico, Puerto Rico, Texas and Florida, which were also ravaged by disasters were also present on the mats.  Fortitude, perseverance and moving forward were in full force in this tournament.  Amongst the crowd athletes showed their mental toughness amidst all the noise, and sure enough they did it all with class and grace.

Master Chino made sure that the Generation TKD team was doing just what they were trained to do — staying strong.  “I want them to know that we’re all in this together, and there is a job to be done here.  We keep in mind that life will have its bumps, but we have to learn to keep moving.  And this is part of what I teach them,” Master Chino said.  The tournament was well attended.  Countries from all over the world were there, and Team USA was well represented.  The GT kids were all in awe and felt the adrenaline course through them as game time started.

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Sparring resulted in some close matches and early round exits for Angelo Baraceros, Troy Asia, Colin Ramirez, Russell Sambrano and Treven Cullinane.  They came up short, but it was a resounding never give up mentality was the chant from all of them.  Redrick Sambrano and Kaelynn Agustin came out on top of their brackets.  The tournament was Kaelynn’s first outing as a black belt in the youth division, and she did not disappoint her proud coach and parents.  She fought tooth and nail to persevere, and she did not hold back.  Also new in the international stage, were silver medalists Nathan Clemente, Jayden Abcede and Tristan Ang.  Their showing were lit with lots of grit and their mentality of never giving up.  Last but not least, Evan Matsuda, Angel Garcia and Sydney Moon almost came back without a medal, but they fought it out and made sure they came home with some bronze to match their unwavering brawn.  “Overall, our kids did well, but we have lots to do back in the office.  The results came in varied at the end of the day, but I’m proud of all of them.  But showing up is never enough.  I want the kids to reflect on their results and think of where we can work together on getting better.  And I emphasize the WE, because I cannot do this alone,” added Master Chino. 

Forms (Sport Poomsae) in the black belt division was extremely tight in a very large bracket for the Youth division.  Lauren Matsuda and Sydney Moon faced against some of the best sport poomsae athletes.  Unfortunately, Lauren came up one short shy of the medal spot.  Coach Andrew Moon said, “the list of competitors in the final round was a tough one, Lauren will just need to get mentally tougher and believe in her ability at the next tourney.  It’s no doubt about it, she has come a long way.”  Sydney was able to capture the gold medal and beat out the girl who beat her at the US Open.  At one point during the final round, she said that she just needed to do her best performance and hope for the best because everyone in the final were really good.  Sydney was also able to capture a silver medal in Pairs Forms with Ethan Kim from Summit Martial Arts in Illinois.  It was their first time in practicing and competing together.  Master David Kim said, “this just means they will need to practice better next time.”

Overall, GT athletes’ “staying strong” attitude was true to form.  Win or lose, Master Chino’s outlook never wavered.  “Work is never done, and GT will keep on coming,” Master Chino emphatically proclaimed.  So Until next time.

Generation TKD Fall Rumble Scrimmage

Carla Bayot
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Generation Taekwondo is excited to host its Fall Rumble Scrimmage on Saturday, November 4, 2017 in the Smash Gyms located at 616 S. Main Street Milpitas, CA 95035

Athletes of all experience levels from age 7 to 17 are welcome to compete.

We look forward to providing young Taekwondo athletes plenty of matches and tournament-like experience without the high cost, long wait and single-elimination pressure. 
If you have never attended a sparring rumble, the premise is simple: 

  • We provide rings:
    • 1 Gen2 Daedo System Setup
    • 2 Gen1 Daedo System Setup
    • 3 Regular mats for all color belts
  • Participants, Coaches and Parents show up, check in and start finding someone interested in having a sparring match with their player. 
  • After the match, bow, shake hands, find another match and start again
  • Gatorade and water will be available for sale 

Take advantage of our early registration and join us. Come test your skills, practice for upcoming tournaments, and make new friends!

It is always a pleasure for us to see your level of progress, passion, and enthusiasm for Taekwondo. Special thanks in advance to parents and coaches for supporting and encouraging these young athletes!

Have questions about Generation Taekwondo Rumble? Please contact masterchino@generationtaekwondo.com

For your early bird pricing price click ADD TO CART below.

Generation TKD's Fall Rumble Scrimmage Early Bird
35.00

Generation TKD's Fall Scrimmage Rumble

Early Registration online pricing is at $30, but after October 29th the fee will go up to $35 at the door.

We accept credit card or cash payments at the door.

When: December 2, 2017
Time: 11am-3pm
Where: Smash Gym
             616 S. Main Street
             Milpitas, CA 95035

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Generation TKD Team Heading To Detroit

Carla Bayot

Yesterday was the last day of competition class before all the US National athletes all descend upon Detroit, MI.  Master Chino chanted, “Believe!  Believe in your abilities, capabilities and strategies.  I may be there with you as your coach, but you are the one competing.  You need to go in there and just believe!”  His parting words reverberated amongst his kids as they embark to another IOC sanctioned tournament.  They will arrive in Detroit representing Generation TKD, but some may actually come back representing both the US National team and Generation.

Perseverance and sheer determination will eventually be the athletes secret weapon.  Master Chino has done all he could to prepare them.  He spared no one’s feelings, stamina and nerves.  His desire was to impart in them all he could within his power to ready them on the National Stage.

As the athletes and their parents depart, competition jitters will surely creep up on the kids.  As Master Chino said, “my kids are not robots.  They get scared and their nerves will tremble.  But once they’re on that ring, all that worry will be replaced with giving it their all.  Win or lose, my kids will perform that will make me and their parents proud.”  In the end, Generation TKD athletes will strive to stand above the fray and perform with decorum and style.  

Good luck and God bless to everyone during this journey.

Generation TKD Picnic

Carla Bayot

Since the CA State Championship, the kids of Generation TKD were all working hard in preparation for the US National Championship TKD Tournament.  Outside the confines of the walls of GT, other schools were also honing their skills, drill and strategies, while some were working on their stamina and core.  But for the GT athletes, the gamut and array to prepare was to do it all and to do it hard.

Master Chino, Ms. Janelle Abcede and Mr. Ray Sambrano banded and created a great TKD boot camp.  There were a lot of huffing and puffing, sweating and swearing, but through it all the athletes knew that this is what they’ve all been working up to the past year.  Their desires and aspirations were also Master Chino’s.  He said, “for as long as these kids want the win, my staff and I will do all within my power to get them ready.”  He continued, “regardless of the outcome in sparring and poomsae, I want them to learn and grow from these experiences, and not take these moments for granted.  It’s the journey that matters.”

After 3 weeks of the boot camp, the countdown to the US National Championship has now become mere days.  How did Generation TKD close it up?  With a picnic of course!  Every year, Master Chino invited everyone from the studio to participate and bid the competition team some well wishes before they all fly away.  

The annual Generation TKD picnic started off with the competition team running a 4-6 mile light jog at Lake Elizabeth.  Mind you, running at Lake Elizabeth was no small feat for these kids.  The heat, walkers, bikers, duck poop, wind, pollen and lest we forget the ducks were challenging obstacles which tried to prevent them from finishing off the run under an hour.  The kids never wavered.  As much as they wanted to rest and just chill with the parents, the kids knew there was work to be done.  Master Chino concluded the afternoon with, “Good vibrations all around for a job well done for my kids.  They all deserve what is there in store for them.  Ok now party!”