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Maple Grove Fifth Grader Ready to Face the World

Jun 19, 2017 03:23PM ● By Doug Erlien

Trevor McGuire (photo by Doug Erlien / Maple Grove Voice)

Trevor McGuire is like many 10-year-old in Maple Grove. He loves playing video games, drinking root beer, and eating pizza. This Maple Grove fifth grader is a little bit different though. He has qualified to represent Team USA in the World Karate and Kickboxing Commission World Championships in November.

“Yeah,”  Trevor said when asked if he was nervous about his championship match at the National competition. “But I practiced everyday.”

A first-degree black belt, Trevor won a free session at the Rogers Dojo Karate in a raffle when he was three and hasn’t looked back since.

“Mr. McGuire works very hard at what he does,” Mr. Zepeda, trainer at Monticello Dojo Karate, said. “His dedication to reaching his goals is very inspiring for any kid his age or any age at that matter.”

Trevor is working on his second degree black-belt and, in addition to training for Worlds, is helping lead in the classroom helping a student achieve black-belt status.

Trevor McGuire works with a student at Dojo Karate in Maple Grove. Photo by Maple Grove Voice
“I taught him Exedous, a musical Form, which you must know as a requirement to get your black-belt,” Trevor said.

Trevor worked with instructors in Waconia, Monticello, Maple Grove, and Rogers to help him get ready to meet his goal -  to make it to the World Tournament.

"Trevor is truly an example of perseverance,” Trevor’s trainer in Waconia, 
Ms. Cote, said. “...continuing to work at overcoming obstacles and challenges even if it takes more than once. He never gives up!”

The World Tournament takes place in November  in Orlando which gives Trevor time to train and prepare. There’s a part of the experience that he is excited for.

“The Opening they have in the Olympics,” Trevor said. “You walk in representing Team USA.”

As is the case with martial arts, there is more learned than simply competition. Mr. Morse, who has trained Trevor at Maple Grove 
Dojo Karate since it opened, sees big things ahead.

“Mr. McGuire has made great improvement and will continue for the next several years as he develops into a leader in our community,” Morse said.

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