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The 2016 MSMAP Team.   front row (l-to-r): Frank Cortese, Odin Nichols, James Osterberg, Chase Lapthorne, Niko Mann, Nova Tynsky.
  Back row: Vitaliy Tveritin, Chuck Buhs, Shane Klebig.   Missing: Summer Lapthorne.

Photo Credit: Lily Chou   /   Wild About You Photography   /   www.WildAboutYouPhotography.com

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Yongmudo Action.   A roundhouse kick by James Osterberg. The intermediate Yongmudo division includes (A) kicking and striking — to the body — in Round 1; and, (B) non-submission wrestling in Round 2.   Learn more

Photo Credit: Lily Chou   /   Wild About You Photography
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Taekwondo Sparring Action.   Vitaliy Tveritin (l) going for gold in the black belt division. Taekwondo sparring requires nimble footwork; flexible yet strong kicking techniques; and, a fearless attitude. It's thrilling, fast-paced, adrenalin-charged action.   Learn more

Photo Credit: Lily Chou   /   Wild About You Photography
www.WildAboutYouPhotography.com

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Round 2 Yongmudo Action.   Frank Cortese shows the effort that groundwork requires. This is the intermediate division so no submissions or chokes. It's non-stop grappling for two minutes.

Photo Credit: Lily Chou   /   Wild About You Photography
www.WildAboutYouPhotography.com

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First Place.   Vitaliy first competed in the UC Open in 2011 when he was 9-years-old. Over the years he has shown remarkable composure — win or lose — setting a fine example of sportsmanship, leadership, and class.

Photo Credit: Lily Chou   /   Wild About You Photography
www.WildAboutYouPhotography.com

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Getting started.   Vitaliy begins Round 2 in the yongmudo competition against another Cal taekwondo black belt. Vitaliy stepped up — and into — the yongmudo competition at the last minute and put his newly-minted yongmudo yellow belt skills to good use.

Photo Credit: Lily Chou   /   Wild About You Photography
www.WildAboutYouPhotography.com