Meet the shy, soft-spoken teen who's making a big name for herself in taekwondo

Updated: Sep. 7, 2018 at 5:24 PM HST
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CALIFORNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A Hawaii-born teenager is making a name for herself in the rugged sport of taekwondo.

Zhoe Christian has had a banner year, first capturing a national title in Utah, then her first international title in Costa Rica.

"It felt amazing! This year really has been a year of winning," she said, from her home in Chino Hills, Calif.

At 13, Zhoe's climbing the taekwondo ladder.

She started the martial art when she was just seven after seeing a taekwondo class.

"She said to mommy and daddy that she wants to do this. So we walk in there and that was the end of it," said her mother, Janice.

Soccer and softball instantly took a back seat. Zhoe's now on Team USA's taekwondo roster.

She's shy and soft spoken. But make no mistake, she has a killer instinct..

"Once I'm on the mat, face to face with them, I have no fear. I just want to beat them," she said.

Zhoe was born on Oahu.

Her family moved to California but many relatives live in the islands so she comes here on family visits and vacations.

"She's so proud of Hawaii and her culture," Janice said.

Because she's homeschooled, Zhoe can train a lot and travel to competitions.

Her dream is to make the USA Olympic team in 2024 or 2028.

"All of my idols are Olympians. I watch them," she said. "To be in their spot would be just crazy."

To get there, Zhoe has to keep competing and winning. Her next tournament is next week in Canada.

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