Taekwondo legend Juan Miguel Moreno was recently in Milpitas teaching a “quick camp” at Blue Dragon Taekwondo Academy (1485 N. Milpitas Blvd.) between June 11-13.
Moreno, who has a national training program called Peak Performance (based in Miami, Florida), has been a part of every summer Olympic event since 1988, as a taekwondo competitor or coach, and has won 2 medals from Olympic silver. For this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, Moreno helped qualify 5 Olympic taekwondo competitors from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
The owners of Blue Dragon told The Beat that they are honored that Coach Moreno comes to Milpitas and coaches the AAA (Amateur Athletic Union) high performance sports taekwondo fast camp. Grandmaster Thac Nguyen, owner of Blue Dragon, sits on the AAU Taekwondo Executive Committee and is the Regional Chairman of AAU Taekwondo Region 13 (California and Nevada) and AAU Taekwondo, and the District Chairman of karate for the AAU Pacific District (Northern California). Blue Dragon has competed in the AAU National Taekwondo Championships since 2014, consistently racking up the highest number of medals in both forms (patterns) and sparring.
Around Coach Moreno’s appearance, Mayor Rich Tran approved a commendation and Milpitas key for Moreno. Deputy Mayor Carmen Montano, Council Member Evelyn Chua and Council Member Anthony Phan came to present Moreno with the Commendation and Key, and a trio of police officers from Milpitas also appeared to show their support.
Nguyen began working for Moreno to become a coach at AAU after Moreno organized a camp for more than 200 taekwondo athletes in Orlando, Florida. Also present in Orlando were 3 Olympic athletes who took a break from their Olympic preparations to come and cheer on the amateur students.
Via email, Jade Dang of Blue Dragon wrote, “Moreno is not only a great athlete and trainer, but also a great motivational speaker. Besides his Olympic status, that sets him apart from all the other guest coaches we have had at our school.