Lauren Kheylik

Senior Black Belt
Taekwondo has given me a chance to express myself in a way the average human cannot. This sport has given me the opportunity to be unique, to network, and overall give me a different outlook on life. I have gained more confidence in myself, and have learned what hard work really is. My short term goal is to be able to learn how to keep processing information during my fights and to be able to look at things in the perspective of my coach.  My long term goal in Taekwondo is to keep growing within the sport competitively and keep advancing my knowledge of the Taekwondo art in the Dojang. I have also been blessed with making great friends and acquaintances within the Taekwondo community and hope to keep networking within the sport.
Being Jewish to me is being thankful for what my ancestors have been through. I feel blessed that I do not have to experience the same type of prejudicial behavior that they had to live with.  My grandmother moved to America from Russia in the 1970’s. Her family lived in Poland when World War II started in Europe. I remember the stories she shared with me of the hardships her family had to endure for their beliefs. She lost her dad to the war when she was 8 years old and her mom to bad health when she was 13 years old. She was forced to change her last name and grew up hiding her Jewish heritage until she came to America. I think that in today’s society being Jewish is a prideful part of one’s identity.  Hearing the stories of what my grandparents and my great grandparents had to live with makes me grateful and proud.

Competitive Accomplishments
  • 2019 NCTA High School Championships – Gold Medal
  • 2019 USAT California State Championships – Silver Medal
  • 2019 AAU Northern California Championships - Gold Medal
  • 2017 AAU National Championships – Bronze Medal
  • 2016 USAT California State Championships – Gold Medal
  • 2018 AAU Junior National B-Team Member