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Lim wins taekwondo national championship

August 04, 2004

Local martial artist Daniel Lim has brought a national championship

to Burbank.

Lim, 16, captured the title in taekwondo July 6 at the 24th annual

U.S. Junior Olympics in Atlanta.

Lim -- who lives and trains in Burbank -- bested competitors from

across the country to win the gold medal in the 121-130 pound weight division.

When he turns 18, Lim hopes to try to make the U.S. National Team.

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A third-degree black belt in the sport, it's easy to see why Lim

has been successful in martial arts. The studio in which he trains --

J.K. Taekwondo Academy on Fan Fernando Boulevard -- is owned and

operated by Grandmaster Jin Ki Lim, who also happens to be Daniel's

father.

Jin Ki Lim is a champion martial artist and former national

champion who has trained and competed around the world. He is

accomplished in a variety of disciplines, including Hapkido and nun

chucks.

In addition, the instructor is an accomplished Master in Ki Gum

Do, an ancient Korean combative sword training system.

National Gymnastics Day event slated

Burbank's Golden State Gymnastics will be holding a National

Gymnastics Day event and open-house celebration from 10 a.m. to 2

p.m. Saturday at the facility at 1828 N. Keystone St.

Along with booths, demonstrations, an inflated bouncer and a

concession stand, the family-themed event will feature "The Road to

Athens Performance Showcase." Door prizes will also be awarded.

There will be kindergym, Level 1 and beginning cheerleading and

tumbling events from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Level 2-4 boys'

and advanced tumbling from 12:30 to 2.

Admission for adults 18 and over is $2.50. Everyone under 18 is

free.

Also appearing will be former Golden State Gymnastics standout

Aimee Walker.

Although deaf and partially blind, Walker has enjoyed a successful

gymnastics career. This upcoming school year, Walker -- who lives in

Valley Village -- will be a sophomore on the defending national

champion UCLA women's team.

Roller hockey not just for children

Adults can enjoy the sport of roller hockey at the Burbank Roller

Hockey Rink -- 3211 W. Victory Blvd.

The Burbank Park, Recreation and Community Services Department is

signing up players for an adult league.

Signups will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 9-20 Monday through

Friday at Olive Recreation Center.

When registering, adult teams need to have cash, check, money

order or credit-card payment for league fees and the USA Hockey

InLine fee of $25 per player -- if not already registered for the

2004-05 season.

Other than the mandatory individual player USA Hockey InLine

registration fee, fees for participation in the adult league are paid

on a team basis.

Each team is responsible for league fees, officials' fees and

uniforms. Players will be assessed their portion of the team fee by

their team managers.

Practice games begin Sept. 7, with league play beginning the week

of Sept. 20. Players are responsible for providing their own

equipment. All individual skaters need to have the appropriate

equipment to skate on the rink

For additional adult roller hockey league information, call

238-5330.

Jeff Tully

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