Steve White, owner of ATA Martial Arts Academy in Havelock, recently won two medals at the American Taekwondo Association World Championship Tournament held in Little Rock, Ark.


Steve White, owner of ATA Martial Arts Academy in Havelock, recently won two medals at the American Taekwondo Association World Championship Tournament held in Little Rock, Ark.



White, 55, was crowned national champion and earned the gold medal in creative forms in the 50 to 59 age division. He beat out nine other top 10 finalists for the honor.



White also won the silver medal for second place in traditional weapons in his age division.



White also earned national championship gold and silver medals during last year’s competition.



The week-long event featured about 5,000 competitors in various age divisions, and also included seminars, special training and high-rank belt testing for taekwondo instructors from throughout the world. About 20,000 people attended the world championships.



The American Taekwondo Association has about 300,000 members worldwide, about 60,000 of whom are black belts. The organization promotes taekwondo and supports instructors and participants.