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Local taekwondo participants earn medals at Jr. Olympics

Local 17-year-old Jacob Grace took the gold medal in the Black Belt Junior division for ages 14 to 17 at the USA Taekwondo Junior Olympic Championships in Dallas.

He now holds the title of 2012 U.S. national champion and USA Jr. National team member.

Aloha Kaeo-Wailehua, 12, earned the bronze medal in the Black Belt Division for ages 12-13 in Individual Poomsae and Pairs Poomsae.

Grace and Kaeo-Wailehua train at America Taekwondo Center in Central Point.

Their coaches are Grandmaster Chae Mun, Art Jackson and Christine Kaeo-Payne.