The TUNZ National Championship held 17 – 18th September 2016 was a big event for our club. Being the Host Club, the members were asked to help out with the set up the night before the tournament and good thing there was a pretty good turn up from everyone. I’ve seen eager and excited faces, I’ve sensed stress, anxiety and panic from some but of course it’s understandable. Personally, it’s always the fear of unknown. To manage our stress level, we rehearsed our Poomsae and planned our line up on the mat (an absolute privileged after our services rendered). We went home feeling and claiming we were gonna rake some gold’s!
And the day of the tournament came... it was nerve wrecking! With people rushing back and forth. It was busy, lively and just too many emotions. The morning schedule was allotted only for Poomsae. Although there were quite a lot of participants, it felt like the event went very quickly. All of a sudden, I had three gold’s and one silver medals dangling around my neck. Pretty heavy but cannot complain. Apparently, I wasn't the only one feeling that neck pain from those weighty, shiny medals as all competitors from our club did their Poomsae amazingly. And I haven't even talked about Kyorugi medals yet.
The second part of the tournament, Kyorugi or sparring started in the afternoon and ended the next day. That was reputably the most intense part of the whole event. Ever heard of the saying Taekwondo is a blood and sweat sport? Yes, it is! Fortunately though, there weren't a lot of blood and bone-breaking injury this time compared to how I’ve witnessed it a few years back, on the same event. There were quite a few bloody incidents but nothing major our medics cant handle. This probably means that players are becoming more clever and adept in the field of blocking. Needless to say, that tough love from instructors at training times gave every competitor a good conditioning both mental and physical.
In a nutshell, all the hard work, dedication and physical pain from intense training clearly paid off as all competitors gained a desired result. It’s not necessarily the award of medals that made it successful but most importantly the lesson learned from fighting a different opponent from different clubs, the application of skills and techniques during the match and the sportsmanship regardless of result.
The first time I set foot in this club, I was captivated and I feel so lucky to have been a part of this organisation where passion for this sport and camaraderie is truly inspiring. People spend a considerably great amount of time not only focus on personal progress but also helping and motivating each other to be the best. And for that outstanding effort, we are proud to show off our medals!! Need I say more?
Mary Lyncel Maravilla