Christchurch Olympic TKD Poomsae Team traveled to Dunedin during the weekend for the Otago Poomsae Development Tournament
Poomsae -- Appealing discipline
Poomsae is becoming more popular.
The Otago Poomsae Development Tournament, hosted by Green Island Taekwondo on Saturday, was proof of that, co-ordinator Suzanne Keen said.
About 56 competitors, from six clubs, competed over three divisions, individual, teams and pairs.
‘‘Poomsae is growing,’’ Ms Keen said.
‘‘The competition went smoothly. There were a lot of positive comments.
‘‘We had two clubs that had three times the number of people entered compared with last year.’’
The youngest competitor was 8 and the oldest was 51, she said.
It is the second tournament the club has held and there are plans for a third later this year.
‘‘The medals didn’t seem to go to just one club. They went to all of them.
‘‘You could see they had been practicing. It was really impressive.
‘‘We are seeing more improvements and more people are giving it a go, which is really good.
‘‘We are also trying to push the judging side of poomsae and get competitors involved in that too,’’ she said.
The hard work that went in behind the scenes had proved a worthwhile ‘‘stepping stone’’ for the club, Keen said.
Taekwondo in Dunedin was starting to gain a name in the North Island. It no longer stops at Christchurch.
‘‘There are just as many people doing poomsae as there are fighting.
‘‘I love seeing kids develop their technique through poomsae. It makes them better. . .they get deeper into their stances and use their muscles a lot more.
‘‘Poomsae is harder training than fighting — there is nowhere to hide.
‘‘Any mistake shows,’’ she said. › Green Island Taekwondo will host the South Island taekwondo tournament on May 16 at the Caledonian Ground. The tournament will cover poomsae and taekwondo.
Winners . . . Christchurch Olympic Taekwondo club member Josh Craythorne (9, left) and Teviot Valley Taekwondo club member Caleb Darling (8, centre) won their individual categories. Christchurch Olympic Taekwondo club member Will Greenstreet (8) came second in the individual category. PHOTOS: SAMANTHA MCPHERSON
Focus . . . Green Island club member Laekin Roberts (20) won the individual category.
Good effort . .. Green Island’s Luke van der Vliet (15) gained second in the individual category.
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