La Jollan earns eight medals at martial arts tournament


Matthew Zucca, a sophomore at La Jolla High School, won the White Dragon Martial Arts Dragon Cup Tournament and was crowned Grand Champion 2012.

The event was held last month at the Jenny Craig Pavilion where 1049 students competed in multiple events. Zucca medaled in eight of the nine events he competed in, bringing home four gold medals, two silver medals and two bronze medals.

Zucca has been training at White Dragon Martial Arts in Clairemont since March 2005. He is currently a purple sash. His Sifu is Ben Stanley. His teacher is Leslie Edwards.

Below are the events in which Zucca earned medals:

Gold: grappling, push hands, two-man set, open form; Silver: weapons form,

sparring; Bronze: hand form, self defense techniques.