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Glory Days: Temple Junior Heads to Ottawa; Represents America in TKD World Championships

TaeKwonDo (TKD) is a Korean Martial Art and is the national sport of South Korea. In Korean, “Tae” means to strike of break with the foot; “Kwon” means to strike or break with the hand; and “Do” means discipline, art, or way. Hence TaeKwonDo means, “the art of the feet and the hands” or “the art of kicking and punching.” TKD combines combat techniques, self defense, sport, exercise and in some cases meditation and philosophy. However, for Temple phenom Sean Hoffman, TaeKwonDo is a way of life.

Growing up Sean Hoffman was just like every other kid on the block who loved sports.  Hoffman played many years of baseball, basketball, and lacrosse but those sports didn’t seem to work out well for him.

In 2000, the Hoffman family received the most disheartening news of their life when they found out his mother had breast cancer. Sean’s life changed when his mother’s life was taken from him at eight years old.

It wasn’t until age 11 when Sean found his true passion of TaeKwonDo, which is now an essential part of life.  Hoffman developed his today’s success from past failures. “Discouragement and failure are two of the surest stepping stones to success” stated Hoffman. Sean’s commitment,  hardwork, determination, perseverance, and dedication differentiates himself from everyone else today competing at his level.

As a third degree black belt, Hoffman currently represents the ITF (International TaeKwonDo Federation). He also represents Dragon Star Martial Arts under head instructor Robert Benedetto (fifth degree black belt).

Sean Hoffman has one vision and one vision only right now. He is competing in the TaeKwonDo World Championships which is being held August 7-12 in Ottawa,Canada. Hoffman has had nothing but success since first participating in TaeKwonDo at 11 years old. Hoffman was a participant in three National Championships and two World Championships.

To make the United States National Team, you must MEDAL (1,2,3) in the divisions you wish to compete in at World Championships. If you fail, you cannot compete in that division at the World Championships

Hoffman’s trophy case is filled with over 60 trophies and medals (more than Michael Phelps). Hoffman is a three time National Champion and two time World Champion. He has 12 total National Championship medals which consist of 5 Gold, 5 Silver, 2 Bronze. He also has 6 World Championship medals 3 in which are gold as the other 3 are bronze.

In 2007, Hoffman and Team USA were awarded the Best Overall Junior Team in World Championship play. Hoffman was a part of a six man team which resulted in winning the overall cup.

Below is a list of locations in which Sean Hoffman has competed in:

National Championship Qualifiers
 2007- Pleasanton, California (3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze)
 2010- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania( 2 Gold, 1 Bronze)
 2012- Houston, Texas (3 Silver, 1 Bronze)
World Championships
 2007- Birmingham, England (2 Gold, 2 Bronze)
 2010- Cheongju, South Korea (1 Gold, 1 Bronze)
 2012- Ottawa/Quebec, Canada (havent competed yet)

Below is a list of other local members who are also on the United States National TaeKwonDo Team.

Junior Members:

  1. Ryan Balog, 16, PV High School
  2. Josh Bartlett, 16, PV High School
  3. Nate Balog, 14, PV High School
  4. Grace Gvodas, 14, Hill School/Wyndcroft)

 Adult Members:

  1. Sean Hoffman, 20, Temple University
  2. Matt Pierce, 20, Temple University
  3. Brandon Pierce, 17, PV High School
As a son,brother, boyfriend, and most importantly fighter, Sean Hoffman gladly represents the United States of America under the International TaeKwonDo Federation. Sean Hoffman is also an influential coach to the younger generation. Sean Hoffman gives time back to the place that tought him how to be a fighter at Dragon Star Martial Arts.He tells the kids, “Don’t aim for success if you want it; just do what you love and believe in, and it will come naturally.”
 “80 percent of success is showing up. If you show up, anything can happen. Fear Nobody.”

Sean Hoffman has a mindset of warrior and is a proven champion. As a smaller fighter, Hoffman doesn’t let his size interfere with his fighting abilities. “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. I let my fighting do the talking, and the results speak for itself.”

Below is a video of Sean Hoffman at the International World Championships:

Sean Hoffman recently taught Alex Morgan how to fight and land a vicious kick to the head:

Best of Luck to Sean Hoffman and the rest of the fighters representing the United States of America in Ottawa this weekend. Make Philadelphia proud because the Phillies sure aren’t.