Earlier in May, eleven PCYC Ipswich Tans Taekwondo students competed at the 5th Gold Coast Open. For Jess, Samuel and Ryder, this was their first Taekwondo competition. They had plenty of competition experience to draw from the rest of the team, with several students having competed at both a State and National level. Their coach, Mr Kevin Donaldson, said “the team morale has been excellent; they really helped each other out during training and at the competition. This was a tough tournament because most of the sparring students had to complete two fights in order to win a medal”.
The Gold Coast Open, held at the Carrara Indoor Stadium, is the largest non State competition in Australia, and is organised and run by Master Michael Tan and his Tans Taekwondo team.
Every one who competed won a medal:
- Linsey, belt: White/Yellow 1, won silver for poomsae
- Tamzin, belt: Red III, won gold for sparring – this was also Taz’s first fight where she is allowed to kick to the head (and did!)
- Ashley, belt: Yellow III, won gold for sparring
- Ryan, belt: Yellow III, won silver for sparring
- William, belt: Yellow II, won silver for sparring
- Jessica, belt: Yellow II, first competition fight, won silver for sparring
- Scott, belt: Blue II, won gold for poomsae
- Abigail, belt: Blue II, won silver for sparring
- Marshall, belt: Red III, won gold for sparring
- Ryder, belt: White/Yellow I, first competition fight, won silver for sparring and gold for the jumping high kick competition
- Samuel, belt: Yellow II, first competition fight, won bronze for sparring
The next challenge for these (and other) students will be the 9th Caboolture Open Taekwondo Championships on 15 June at Morayfield, followed soon after by Taekwondo Queensland’s State Championships on 22nd June, at Brendale. If you are interested in learning sparring or improving your patterns for Poomsae competitions, talk to Mr Donaldson.
Competing at sparring and poomsae will improve your Taekwondo practice, which is just what you want considering the next grading with Master Tan is on Sunday, 29 June.