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Milton's Cohen named state Taekwondo champ

Maya Cohen, 7, was named state Taekwondo champion. She displays her medals from this tournament year and holding her bo staff, the weapon she competes with. (click for larger version)
May 13, 2013
MILTON, Ga. – Seven-year-old Maya Cohen of American Taekwondo Association (ATA) Karate Atlanta, trained by Showtime Martial Arts' Nate Andrade, has been named 8U state champion in three categories – creative forms, creative weapons and extreme martial arts (XMA) forms – and placed third in traditional forms, second in traditional weapons and fifth in sparring.

She will compete for district champion (best in the seven Southeast states) in six categories June 8. In July, she will compete at the ATA World Expo. Recently, she was accepted into Maxwell VanEck's XMA team training – the youngest and lowest belt child, one of three girls accepted out of a total of 18 kids. VanEck is an ATA world champion appointed by the grand master to run this special class.

Cohen has placed over 40 times in competition. Not only does she excel in Taekwondo, she is also an accelerated and TAG student at Birmingham Falls Elementary, maintaining an "A" average while working a grade level ahead.

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    Maya Cohen <3
    May 15, 2013 | 09:18 AM

    So proud of my sweet girl! She really is so incredibly well-rounded, focused, and determined in so many ways! Thank you for the story!

    Elizabeth Cohen
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    Omission acknowledgement and mistake
    May 17, 2013 | 06:11 PM

    I just want to add that Maya was also trained by Mr. Jimmy Bell of Karate Atlanta Milton school. Also, we recently realized that she was the second lowest belt in Mr. Van Eck's class. Thank you!

    Elizabeth Cohen
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    July 10, 2013 | 11:23 AM

    Maya Cohen went on to earn the District Champion title in all three of the same categories: Creative Forms, Creative Weapons, and Xtreme Forms! :)
    We are off to Worlds this weekend!

    Elizabeth Cohen
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