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Black belt, 16, convicted of felony for brutal post-match kick

Sep 12, 2011, 11:05 AM EDT


What do you do if you’re a 16-year-old black belt who has just lost a match in a competitive taekwondo tournament? You wait until 20 minutes later, sneak up on the winner who is sitting in a chair, and then deliver a roundhouse kick to his face, shattering his jaw. That’s what Joshua Pena did recently following a match in San Jose, and last week the Florida native was convicted of felony aggravated assault. Because he is a minor, he’ll serve up to eight months in a youth work camp.

The victim, identified only as Dino M., spoke over the video feed from his Long Island home about the devastating and unprovoked attack. Although he is expected to recover completely, he still suffers form post-concussion headaches and doctors say he may lose all of his remaining teeth.

About 20 minutes after the match, the boy was sitting down watching another match. Pena walked by, let out a martial arts yell and delivered a roundhouse kick to Dino’s mouth, shattering his teeth, smashing his jaw and sending him into surgery.

Doctors later told the victim’s parents and coach that the kick could have killed him.

Pena, a junior at a Miami-area public school, is a straight-A student who has never been in trouble wit the law previously. But the most amazing part of this story to me is contained here:

Pena will stop practicing martial arts for at least a year and may be banned from taekwondo.

May be banned? What does one have to do, I wonder, to be immediately banned?

More info on the attack here. It seems that after the attack, Pena tried to run away, but the victim’s coach tackled him and held him for police.

Black belt gets 8 months for brutal kick at San Jose match [San Jose Mercury News]

  1. arkadyrenko - Sep 12, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    The kid ought to be banned for life from competition.

  2. chiefagc5675 - Sep 12, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Dino from Miami needs to have his teeth removed without anesthesia. Maybe Senator Rubio can splain things to him.

    • mypenissucks - Sep 13, 2011 at 1:03 PM

      Dino from Miami is the Victim…

  3. southernpatriots - Sep 12, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    agree with arkdyrenko. In addition, review the training center where he learned the discipline. That is a problem with many of the MMA training centers where the physical techiques are taught, without the underlying philosophy. Not only should the young man be banned and prosecuted but a personal lawsuit should be leveled at the young man, and his parents (which ever is allowable in his state) for pain and suffering.

  4. florida727 - Sep 12, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    He should have been tried and convicted in court as an adult. When you train in martial arts at that age and are as accomplished as he appears to be, your maturity level is raised (allegedly) as well. You’re not the normal 16-year old with acne and bad hair. You’re somewhat of an elite athlete, and as such, need to be held to a higher standard. Frankly, 8 months for what he did is getting off very lightly.

  5. doghousejohnny - Sep 12, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    You just can’t trust Cobra Kai.

  6. goforthanddie - Sep 12, 2011 at 9:24 PM

    Someone has a curbstomp coming their way.

  7. razedeyebrow - Sep 17, 2011 at 9:06 AM


  8. alligatorsnapper - Sep 17, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    FINISH HIM?!!!! How would you do this, at Levenworth, Sing Sing, Angola, or just off with his head?> He deserves punishment, absolutely, but this young man also needs help. Get his trainer involved, and his mother (because he along with many aberrant behaviored young men do not have their fathers at home) along with counsellors and law enforcement. Try to salvage this young man, if possible.