The Hutt City Taekwondo Open 2015 Tournament
I attended the The Hutt City Taekwondo Open 2015 Tournament on July 4. A group of us competed in Poomsae (patterns) held at the Hutt Valley Badminton Hall in Lower Hutt. This was the 6th tournament I have competed in but the first in the North Island. Initially, seeing the other Individual competitors was a little bit intimidating because there were so many. The singles division had a total of 9 competitors ranging from blue belt to red belt and they all performed very well. While in the Pairs division, Jemesa, who is a Black Tab, competed with me against 4 other pairs that included mostly black belts. I didn't place in the Individual division but Jemesa and I placed 3rd in Pairs. I was especially proud of taking 3rd place with Jemesa as we were not only competing against higher belts but also our instructors. The chance to compete in the North Island before the TUNZ tournament in September was a bonus allowing me to understand the level of the competitors we are likely to encounter, motivating me to improve my power and train more.