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Kamel Abuharthieh grew up in the Middle East and started training gymnastic at age 8 with his father and other members of his family which gained him exceptional conditioning and great flexibility. At the age of twelve kamel was invited to observe a Tae Kwon Do training session with a Six Dan black belt Korean Master yo yang yo in a simple warehouse in Amman -Jordan .It was his first professional training experience with older and stronger students. Soon after, Kamel became the center of attention with his strength and flexibility and became one of the highlights in the very first Tae Kwon Do school in his whole entire country.

Kamel Abuharthieh grew up in the Middle East and started training gymnastic at age 8 with his father and other members of his family which gained him exceptional conditioning and great flexibility. At the age of twelve kamel was invited to observe a Tae Kwon Do training session with a Six Dan black belt Korean Master yo yang yo in a simple warehouse in Amman -Jordan .It was his first professional training experience with older and stronger students. Soon after, Kamel became the center of attention with his strength and flexibility and became one of the highlights in the very first Tae Kwon Do school in his whole entire country.

     After one year of training and sparring in double sessions with his age groups and adult groups, Kamel gained his red belt and started sparring with 2nd Dan degree black belt adults. He seemed to become his Master’s hope to reach the Olympics in 1981. As a thirteen year old boy, Kamel didn’t have the vision his Master had for him and rejected the offer. Kamel couldn’t travel on his own and had to pass the opportunity to participate in the Olympics. A few years later, his Master had to return back to Korea and Kamel started training with other trainers and kept his passion for the sport.

     In 1996 Kamel found his second inspiration in the United States when he met a world champion from Morocco who came to fight in Madison Square Garden in New York. Realizing that he had walked away from his biggest life opportunity; Kamel redirected himself for the next 5 years assisting and training with the champion. Soon after, he started teaching and coaching with great emphasis on sparring techniques. Kamel became an independent 2nd degree black belt trainer and coach for 3 community centers in 3 different counties. Now, Kamel is waiting for his 3rd degree black belt certificate from Kukkiwon, The World Tae Kwon Do Headquarters. He continues to serve as an active coach in the biggest local Tae Kwon Do tournaments such as Yong In, America Open, The Big East, Garden State Cup and more. Currently, Kamel works with all ages and grades including special needs as a school teacher and has been training and working with kids for more than 15 years.