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Teen taekwondo champ tackles training

Adrea Shadbolt poses with her trophies and awards.

Adrea Shadbolt poses with her trophies and awards. Photo by Katherine Cummins.

Not many people can claim to be a world champion.

Even fewer can claim to have achieved it before age 12.

Fulton eighth grader Adrea Shadbolt is one of those few.

In June 2012, Shadbolt competed at the Songahm Taekwondo World Championships, where she won the title of world champion in forms.

Adrea, who trains in with Master Jeff Hockman and Hockman’s ATA East in Columbia, said she got started with taekwondo five years ago because she had never done a sport before, “and we went there, and I thought it looked fun.”

The 13-year-old has been practicing and competing in taekwondo ever since, winning a slew of trophies — including eight state championships, a district championship and her world title — and gaining confidence and focus along the way.

“It’s done a lot more than just win her championships,” Shadbolt’s mother, Portia, said. “It’s done wonderful things for her self-esteem and confidence. When she started she was only 8, and she was pretty quiet.”

“—And now you can’t get me to shut up,” Adrea interjected.

She said her favorite part of taekwondo are the forms with which she has won so many awards.

“I don’t really know why I like the forms, I guess because I’m not as good in weapons and sparring,” Adrea said.

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