Local boy making name for himself in taekwondo

Devin McLoughlin is a rising star in taekwondo. (WNCN)

Taekwondo is a fast-rising sport that teaches so much more than just kicks and self-defense.

To get to the next belt level, candidates are required to do a project to raise awareness to taekwondo.

One rising star in the sport is 11-year-old Devin McLoughlin. He  is a first-degree black belt currently working his way to second degree.

He started in tae kwon do three years ago to help his confidence and now he hopes to continue his upward rise – which he hopes will get him to the Olympics.

Devin already has the basics down pat.

“You have to have respect, confidence, courage and responsibility,” Devin said.

Todd McLoughlin, his father, said Devin has matured a great deal this year.

“It’s interesting to watch,” Todd McLoughlin said.

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