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Brodhecker to compete in world championship

Posted: May 30, 2017 - 11:53pm
Jake Brodhecker is competing in four events this week at the International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championship in Athens, Greece.
Jake Brodhecker is competing in four events this week at the International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championship in Athens, Greece.

Jake Brodhecker left earlier this week on his quest for gold.

The Columbia County resident is competing today in the International Sport Karate and Kickboxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championship in Athens, Greece. The tournament runs through Saturday.

Brodhecker is representing Team USA and is trying to win a gold medal in the middleweight division. He is also competing in the creative open, creative weapon and musical weapon divisions.

"My No. 1 goal is to bring gold back for the U.S.," he said. "I want to bring gold medals back in all my divisions."

The 20-year-old Brodhecker teaches several times a week at Premier Martial Arts in Grovetown. He also attends Georgia Military College and is about to finish his associate's degree. He plans to transfer to Georgia Southern in the fall to get a mechanical engineering degree.

As a youth, Brodhecker played baseball, basketball and football. He played basketball his first two years at Evans High School, but he decided to focus on academics and kickboxing, which he began doing when he was 9.

"I was a little bit of a wild child," he said. "My parents wanted me to have more discipline and respect. I'm a lot more level-headed now."

Brodhecker said he was tall and lean as a child. Bullies targeted him for his awkward size. He took the heat and let it out when he did kickboxing.

"I have an outlet where I can get my aggression out," he said. "I can hit things. It's a release."

Brodhecker is now a third-degree black belt in the Premier Martial Arts system and a second-degree black belt in the Chuck Norris system. He said it's possible he'll move up a degree in November.

The 6-foot-5, 190-pound Brodhecker started competitive kickboxing about five years ago. He said he did OK in his first tournament, a stepping stone for future events.

In 2014, his first full circuit year, Brodhecker finished in the top 10 in all his divisions - weapons, open hands, sparring. The next year, he finished in the top 10 in weapons and forms, but he also won the world championship in middleweight fighting. He repeated his 2015 accomplishments in 2016.

Last summer at the Garden City Open in North Augusta, Brodhecker won his divisions, along with the grand championship, which qualified him to represent Team USA at the ISKA World Championship. Whether he wins gold or not this week, Brodhecker said he plans to give it his all.

"I want to do the best I can and leave it all on the floor," he said. "I'm just going to see how it falls."

 

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