Taekwondo, wrestling come together in Maple Grove as cold weather closes schools

The Maple Grove High School wrestling team earned only the second state tournament berth in school history two weeks ago. If they could give out assists in wrestling, the Crimson would surely give one to Grand Master Lee and his World Taekwondo Academy.

During the month of January, Minnesota experienced some of the coldest winter weather this area had experienced in a long time. This caused school closings state wide and made it difficult for area high school teams to compete or practice as a lot of after school activities were also cancelled. This is when two Maple Grove athletic teams joined forces to help out the student athletes affected by the cold weather.

With Maple Grove High School closed to any and all student activities during each of the school closings, the Maple Grove wrestling team needed a place to practice. Lee, Maple Grove resident and owner of World Taekwondo Academy, was eager to step in and help. Being a big supporter of the student athletes, Lee was more than willing to open his facility up to the Crimson wrestlers so that they could continue to train and not skip a beat as they were in the heart of their wrestling season.

“We’re always here to help. Anything we can do to be a positive influence on our community is something that we take extreme pride in,” Lee said.

Maple Grove assistant wrestling coach Chad Shilson said: “Grand Master Lee is alwaysthe first person to step up and offer assistance. We really appreciated the opportunity for our wrestlers to work out at his school when the cold weather hit. He has helped our program in the past and we are grateful to have him in our corner.”

Lee, an Olympic Taekwondo coach and multiple time national champion, also took some time to run the kids through some of his cardio and strength training routines and it obviously helped as the Crimson recently qualified for the state tournament.