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Tulsa teenager headed to World Poomsae Taekwondo Championships in Lima, Peru at end of September

Posted at 10:42 PM, Sep 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 23:47:10-04

A Tulsa teenager is preparing for the world Taekwondo Poomsae Championships. With a few medals already under his belt, Ethan Sen is the only Oklahoman and one of the youngest competitors going to Lima, Peru in September.

Taekwondo is a way of life for Ethan Sen.

"I'm here normally three hours a day, six days a week," he said. "So about 18 hours in a week."

Sen's fists and feet started flying at four-and-a-half years old. Within two years, he earned a black belt. A 13-year-old phenom, Sen is headed to the World Poomsae Championships in Peru at the end of September.

Poomsae is a pattern of defense and attack motions. Sen sways getting to Peru wasn't all fun and games.

"Recently, I went to Colorado Springs in Colorado for the National Team trials and I made it on the National Team," Sen said.

At the National Championships, the Union eighth grader brought home two gold medals and a bronze in three different events. While a shot a the World Title sounds impressive, Sen stays humble.

"I wouldn't say I'm a big deal," he said. "I've only gotten to this level because of Master Seo."

"I rarely cry, but when I saw him place first at the National Championship, I cried," Golden Dragon Owner Master Seo said.

"I feel sort of special that I get a chance to go," Sen said.

Since he's such an expert, 2 Works for You reporter Katie Wisely wanted to learn some moves.

In just two short weeks, Sen will combine his skills in defense with tactical offense to take on the worlds best in Peru.

"I'm pretty excited," he said.