Resort Owner Coaching U.S. Taekwondo Team
Kristi (Koch) George, a neurologist in Indianapolis and a native of Santa Claus, Ind., has been selected as the poomsae coach for the U.S. Collegiate National Taekwondo Team, according to a news release.
The team will be in Seoul, South Korea, Aug.t 4-12 for an exchange program with several Korean Universities. George will coach the athletes during friendly competitions with the Korean Universities during the weeklong program. The competing athletes were selected from a team trial held several months ago in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and are from colleges all over the country.
George is the daughter of Pat Koch and the late Bill Koch and is part-owner of Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort and the Santa Claus Christmas Store located in Santa Claus.
George was on the collegiate national sparring team in 1989 and 1990. She won a bronze medal at the Collegiate World Championships in Santander, Spain, in 1990. Just last year, she competed in the World Poomsae Taekwondo Championships in Tunja, Columbia, and earned a silver medal in the individual 2nd master division helping the U.S. team secure third place in overall competition, their best finish since 2006.
George will also be the team physician for the U.S. National poomsae team traveling to Bali, Indonesia, Oct. 26 – Nov. 5 for the World poomsae championships.
“Poomsae” means “articles of cultivation” in Korean. It is a series of standardized movements, kicks and punches to demonstrate balance and power.