At 15, Ramirez is world-class

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Taylor Ramirez, a freshman at Oxnard High School, teaching at family business Twin Tigers Tae Kwon Do, gears up to compete in the sport in both the United Sates and Mexico Junior Olympics. © Karen Quincy Loberg/VC Star

Oxnard High’s Taylor Ramirez was born to be a taekwondo star.

Her dad, Mauricio Ramirez, has been teaching martial arts for more than 20 years at the Twin Tigers studio in Oxnard and Port Hueneme. Mauricio’s two brothers, Dennis and John, also run Twin Tigers Martial Arts studios in Oxnard.

Ramirez, 15, has enjoyed the family tradition that goes back to when her dad and uncles all boxed in the 1970s at a gym in Los Angeles where Oscar De La Hoya trained.

When the Ramirez clan moved from Burbank to Camarillo in 1981, they turned to martial arts and have all been champions in the sport. Master Yong Shin of Camarillo’s Tae Ryong Taekwondo started teaching the brothers in 1982.

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