Martial arts: Wais student wins silver at taekwondo national championships
by Bob Brownne
Jul 24, 2014 | 2405 views | 0 0 comments | 22 22 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Faith Murphy has a good head start on her goal of attaining a black belt in taekwondo.

On July 3, the 9-year-old yellow belt from Wais Martial Arts Academy in Tracy finished just shy of a national championship.

She won the silver medal in the 8-9 girls ninja sparring competition at the USA Taekwondo National Championships, July 1-7 at the San Jose Convention Center.

Faith was one of 12 competitors from Wais Martial Arts at the event, but she was the only one to bring home a medal this year. Her division included six other girls, and Faith won two matches to get to the final, where she lost on a 5-4 decision.

Faith is going on her second year of taekwondo, and this was her first national competition. She works out at Wais Martial Arts Academy five days a week.

“It keeps me busy,” she said. “I feel like I have to work hard.”

Her mother, Anna Gonzalez said that taekwondo sparring had turned out to be the right sport for her otherwise shy 9-year-old .

“At first she was nervous, but now she loves it,” Gonzalez said. “She’s constantly working out and doing exercises at home.”

Contact Bob Brownne at or 830-4227.

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