Poomsae is becoming more popular.
2015 The Otago Poomsae Development Tournament, hosted by Green Island Taekwondo.
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.
AS you may have heard the WTF Peace Corps accepted TNZ's invitation to come to New Zealand. For those who don't know too much about the Peace Corps, they are Taekwondo-practising University students from Korea who travel throughout the world promoting Taekwondo and Korean Culture.
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.
On Saturday 8th August, our dojang had the honour of hosting the world-class athlete Dafydd Sanders. Dafydd currently holds the 12th position in the WORLD for Kyorugi in his division and plans to make it into the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Christchurch Olympic Taekwondo took part in the Top of the South tournament, at the Marlborough Lines Stadium in Blenheim on the 25th of October. We had a large team competing in both poomsae, sparring, and helping with refereeing and judging.
The weekend was a fantastic insight into the challenging role of Referee which will assist us as we step up to give it a go at the next tournament and also to assist us as coaches who will benefit from having a good knowledge of the current rules and systems.
"When you start to train for that level of competition you need to know the rules inside out, as part of the preparation we studied what the judges will be looking at and what will result in deductions".
On the 25th-27th July I participated in the New Zealand Elite Taekwondo Kyorugi and Poomsae Development Camp in Palmerston North. As one of the new Poomsae Technical Directors for the Taekwondo Union of NZ I was invited to attend the Poomsae component of the weekend. The Camp was held at the Massey University Sport & Rugby Institute which is an extremely professional facility which has been used by the All Blacks and many other high performing sports teams.
CHRISTCHURCH OLYMPIC TAEKWONDO SPARRING SEMINAR - 6th April 2014 - On Sunday 6th April our club played host for one of TNZs National Coaches, Gina Guo. The event was organized as part of TUNZ's kyorugi development programme and was open to all clubs in the area.
'Congratulations to all those that participated in the Adult Grading on Saturday 12th April. It was a hard grading with the introduction of our new syllabus on top of the usual physical elements that we have come to expect! I want to make a special mention to the large team of white belts who all performed really well on the day. The first grading is always nerve wracking and intense but you all looked well prepared and that can be attributed to all the hours practise you have put in.
Travelling to play sport in another location outside of Christchurch
Representing the Christchurch Olympic TKD Club we have the best club by far
Having the crowd cheer you when you are fighting our team and supporters are very loud
Learning from the best our coaches are second to none and we are so lucky to have them
Watching and cheering for our team
Having lots of laughs with the team during the tournament day and getting to know th