Family kicks it together

The Suan family. Front: Sharon Suan, Back from left to right, Jennifer Suan, Eric Suan, Maria Suan and Camerin Suan. By Gabe Monte: Cannon Connections As Eric and Marie Suan flip through the family photo album in their martial arts gym on Thornton Street, Eric remarks he can tell the ages of their children by […]

Brown second at tae kwon do world championships

By Mickey Winfield, PNT Staff Writer Portales resident Audra Brown came home from the tae kwon do world championships last month in Birmingham, England, with a silver medal and plenty of smiles. The 18-year-old Eastern New Mexico University student captured second place in third-degree black-belt female patterns. “I was thrilled to win second,” Brown said. […]

Martial Arts with heart

Airman Elliott Sprehe Instructor trains mind, body and spirit into a force of one The two opponents cautiously bounce around each other, waiting for the other to make a move. Suddenly one of them steps in for a strike, only to be countered with a bullet of a roundhouse kick to the chest. This is […]

Many hope for bond to pass

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The best in the world traveled to South Korea for the International Tae Kwon Do Federation World Championships and competitors from Portales and Clovis battled others, with Audra Brown from Portales, winning a bronze medal. “The competition was very tough and challenging,” Brown said. “I […]

Athletes return from world tae kwon do tournament

By Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The best in the world traveled to South Korea for the International Tae Kwon Do Federation World Championships and competitors from Portales and Clovis battled others, with Audra Brown from Portales winning a bronze medal. “The competition was very tough and challenging,” Brown said. “I […]

Tae kwon do students to compete in Korea

By Dave Wagner Qualifying for the tae kwon do world championships was quite an accomplishment for three students of Eastern New Mexico Taekwon-Do in Portales. Instructor Steve Blakeley, who has taught tae kwon do for 32 years, said it’s the first time he’s had anybody make it to that level. But he knows the competition […]