The Tuesday night Poomsae class instructed by Rafael Neves is becoming more and more popular as Students realise that this class has so much to offer. Whether you are looking to compete in Poomsae Competition or just want to have that technical edge for Grading this class is for you. As you'll see from the photo, Rafael's class is averaging approx 20 people every Tuesday night with a good mix of kids and adults. I encourage everyone to get along and make use of Rafael's expertise.
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.
‘‘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.
‘‘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.
‘‘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.