Please help support a wonderful and fantastic person, Justin Rankin. He is raising funds to attend Events to represent team USA Para- Tae Kwon Do and future events All money raised will support Justin an training that will aid him in his goals as a USA Para athlete
Justin was born with Cerebral Palsy, limiting the function of his lower extremities. However, despite the physical challenges of his disability, he has been pursuing his passion and training in the martial arts for over the past 30 years. He trains 5-6 days per week on his own and travels to Florida once a month with his coach. Justin dedicates the majority of his time on a daily basis to improving his skills and develop ways to adapt the martial arts for himself and others, focusing on strengthening and persevering through. With this experience, Justin's goal is to develop a program to assist other of all abilities in their competitive endeavors for taekwondo, primarily focusing on the para taekwondo athletes.
The World Taekwondo and the USA Taekwondo has identified Justin as a member of the International USA Para Taekwondo Team member. He holds has earned his 2 Degree Black Belt, is currently working toward his Kukkiwon 3 Dan indifferent styles in taekwondo/kukkiwon. Justin currently is an instructor/member of Trinity Taekwondo Academy and for Anthony's Adaptive Martial Arts and is a part of the Adaptive Martial Arts Association (AMAA). Justin earned two gold medals in his first debut at the US Open and at Iowa State Championships in 2018 and holds competition titles in Poomsae and Weapons.
Justin just finished attending his sixth national competition which result in a two-time USA National Championship. On June 18, 2018, Justin proudly signed his contract with Team USA/USA Taekwondo and he is the first athlete in his division and is ranked #1 in the USA and the World.
The next phase of his career requires tournament participation at an international level in order to maintain a qualifying world ranking. Justin is required to travel to any Team USA international competitions, which area held around the world. The upcoming events take place in Chile, Canada, Turkey, Mexico, and England. The cost of travel and tournaments will be significant but are an important piece of qualifying for the world ranking.
Justin appreciates any and all donation toward his journey in taekwondo. He is grateful for all the support he has received and looks forward to representing Team USA. " My ability is stronger than my disability." - Justin
￼Below are Justin's career experience:
2018/2019 USAT National Para Team Member (+58KG P31)
2020 Summer of Poomsae (P31) BLACK BELT) -GOlD
2020 New York State Championship Poomase (P31) BLACK BELT) -GOlD
2020 U.S Open: POOMSAE (P31 Black BELT) - GOLD
2019 USAT National Champion: POOMSAE (58 BLACK BELT) GOLD P31
2019 PAN-AM: POOMSAE (58 BLACK BELT)-GOLD P31
2019 PAN-AM: POOMSAE (58 BLACK BELT)-SIVER P31
2019 Georgia State Championship Poomase (P31) BLACK BELT) -GOlD
2019 U.S Open: POOMSAE (P31 Black BELT) - GOLD
2019 U.S OPEN: POOMSAE (P34 Black BELT) - SILVER
2018 PAN-AM: POOMSAE (58 BLACK BELT)-SIVER P31
2018 USAT NATIONAL CHAMPION: POOMSAE (58 BLACK BELT) GOLD P31
2018 WISCONSIN STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS: POOMSAE (P50 RED BELT) - SILVER
2018 USA TAEKWONDO IOWA STATE CHAMPION: POOMSAE (P50 RED BELT) - GOLD
2018 U.S OPEN: POOMSAE (P50 RED BELT) - GOLD
2016 SANTA ROSA TOURNAMENT: POOMSAE, WEAPONS, EXTREME MARTIAL ARTS - GOLD
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