This seminar had many focal points and many moving parts just like sparring itself. Sparring is like a puzzle, explained Master Perlaza and Julio Carlos. Just as a puzzle has many pieces and pieces that need to fit together to make the puzzle complete, you must have all your techniques (puzzle pieces) so that your time in the ring to spar showcases your complete puzzle.
Everyone welcomed the challenging drills, the hands-on instruction given to each student and the technique showcased along with fun group exercises. Part of the finale of the day was one of the most highlighted moments for many. This was a great opportunity given to each student to step into the ring and have a sparring moment with World Champion Julio Carlos. Master Perlaza did what he does best and coached alongside each student and Julio as each and every student and instructor was taking turn on a memorable challenge they will cherish. As the parents, instructors and students cheered everyone on until their turn arrived, you could see all those in the ring and those anxiously waiting the bell to call them in dig deep to find that extra bit of energy they had tucked away after a long, hard day. Julio showed amazing control with those younger, less advanced and still brought challenge and encouragement. For those of equal level and or age, Julio gave an amazing show to student and spectators filled with challenge and respect. Julio truly delivered an experience that will not be forgotten to everyone who tapped gloves with him.
“The sparring seminar was an experience that my daughter, Emma, will cherish. Emma has been with Advantage TKD for about 4 years and we cannot say enough positive things about the school, the families and of course the instructors. Advantage has really become an extension of our family. This seminar made that extension larger and even greater with new friends, connections and experiences. All those who participated were amazing. Emma left this seminar with a deeper love and respect for TKD. Emma and her TKD friends bonded deeply over this experience and through such a challenging day to leave it wanting more shows me as a parent this seminar was just what these students needed. Our very own Sir, Luis Mejia, always listens to his students, parents and supporters. He heard us when we asked what can we do to challenge our students, show them other aspects of sparring and training? Sir not only heard it but he more than delivered with this seminar. We thank you Sir. We thank you Master and Julio. We truly do appreciate your time, efforts and passion for the sport and our students. “
“The Sparring Seminar at Advantage Taekwon-Do with Master Perlaza and Julio Carlos was the single best seminar I've ever attended. The level of training and detailed instruction is like nothing we've ever experienced. The value of the seminar will no doubt improve the quality of our entire program for years to come.”
-Dan DeArmas - Kick Connection
“The techniques presented at the NTA-ITF sparring seminar provided the fundamentals to compete in National or International competitions. The seminar reinforced the mantra that any student can be a winner if they study and train like the current and past former champions. I witnessed great improvements in confidence and self esteem after our son completed the seminar. Master Perlaza and his World Champion student Julio Carlos knocked it out of the park with professionalism, advanced fundamentals and fun!”
“When we moved here from Texas we were hoping to find a good place for Tanner to continue with the sport he loves...Taekwondo! We have been blessed to find his new Taekwondo school at Advantage Taekwondo in Lititz with Luis Mejia! We have been there almost 6 years now and we love it! Today Tanner got to take a sparring seminar with the WORLD Taekwondo Champion...Julio Carlos! What a fabulous opportunity and honor!!!!”
“Brody spent the day training with a Taekwondo World Champion and his coach today. Such an honor to spar with him!! Thank you Julio Cesar Carlos, Master Perlaza, Luis Mejia, and the other instructors for an amazing experience!!💪”
“Dominic had such an amazing day today. He loved training with Julio Carlos and Master Perlaza to help work on his sparring techniques. As always a huge "Thank You " to our Sir Luis Mejia for hosting this event and as always looking for ways to better educate his students. Thank you Sir, when we found you we found the best!”