BC Taekwondo Championship Tournament

BC Taekwondo Championships

Congratulations to BC Taekwondo Championship Competitors!

The BC Taekwondo Championships were hosted at BCIT this year on January 20th.  Five participants represented East side Taekwondo in sparring events. Once again we had a great time at the tournament and are proud of all of our competitors.  Great job team!

Women’s Competition at  BC Taekwondo Championship

eastside taekwondo women at BC Taekwondo ChampionshipOur competitors in the women’s field were Maxine and Alpha. Alpha is working on control and finesse in the ring.  She therefore took a cautious approach to sparring during this tournament, but her competitor quickly capitalized and took control of the match.  Alpha found that she was perhaps too cautious; she was leaving herself open to her competitor’s tactics and was behind in points after the first round.  She had a lot of ground to catch up on during the second round, so the goal was to return to her naturally aggressive sparring instincts and regain control of the match through well placed movement and hits. Her second round was extremely successful but she ran out of time, narrowly loosing the match to take silver in her category.

Women BC Taekwondo ChampionshipMaxine’s tournament goal was to focus on using different techniques; she wanted to take some of the advanced sparring skills she’s been working on at the club into the tournament ring.  She had a bye in the first round so was fighting for the gold medal in her category.  Maxine’s competitive skills are improving all-around; she has developed more stamina in the ring and the new kicks she’s using are hitting their target and working for her.  She had control of her match throughout and walked away with the gold medal.

Men’s Competition at BC Taekwondo Championship

Angelo, Kasper and Ben were competing in the men’s field.  Angelo was matched with a much larger opponent and found himself pushed into the corner at the beginning of the match.  He was trailing after the first round and had to overcome the size difference he was facing.  For the second round he focused on faster movement and offensive (rather than defensive) tactics and had a very successful sparring minute, coming up short of a win and landing himself the silver medal.

Double silver at BC Taekwondo championshipKasper was the sole eastside taekwondo competitor participating in both sparring and poomsae (patterns).  In the poomsae competition he demonstrated a beautiful taegeuk 4 pattern. In sparring he was matched with a competitor who was the same age and belt level as him, which was a much more competitive pairing than last tournament, in which he sparred against an older, higher-belt opponent.  Kasper is showing some definite improvement in the ring.  He won his first match and lost the second.  At the end of the day Kasper had two silver medals; one in poomsae and one in sparring.

Ben was eastside taekwondo’s final competitor.  As a yellow belt, this was Ben’s first tournament and we hoped to find a suitable opponent for a competitive and safe introduction to sparring. This means someone in his age range at roughly the same belt level and physical size. Unfortunately we felt that any potential match-ups had too much risk for injury as one competitor was much bigger than Ben while the other was several belt-levels higher, so the match was declined.  We look forward to Ben competing at the next tournament.

Congratulations again to all of our competitors!  If your’e interested in giving taekwondo a try, or if you’d like to get some extra sparring practice, be sure to get in touch!


Congratulations to the EastSideTKD BC Master’s Team!

Eastside Taekwondo at BC Master's Taekwondo Tournament

BC Master’s Taekwondo Tournament

The W.T.F Taekwondo Federation of British Columbia hosted the 2017 Master’s Cup this year on October 28th at Capilano College.  Four students represented EastSideTKD at the tournament.  Congratulations to Maxine, Alpha, Kasper and Angelo on their success at the competition! Taekwondo tournaments test an athlete’s mental and physical preparation and these kids were up for the challenge.

Our athletes prepared for the tournament through their regular training at EastSideTKD along with extra sparring-training sessions each week.  Tournament sparring matches are only two minutes long (two one-minute rounds) so competitors need to step into the ring completely warm, focused, and ready to take control.  Their best foot must come flying forward, and they need to be ready for anything that comes their way in return.  Sparring matches are extremely high intensity, so cardiovascular fitness is key, along with the ability to think strategically while completely exhausted.

Kasper (green belt) competed against a division of more experienced kids so his was an uphill battle from the start. He fought with determination and energy and landed himself double bronze in both sparring and Poomsae (Poomse). Angelo (blue belt) had a tough first round sparring match and competed well but didn’t move forward to next rounds.

Maxine (red belt) and Alpha (red belt) both won their first matches to take each of them to their respective gold metal rounds. As these young women are only a year apart, there was a small possibility that they would be competing in the same division, so we were thankful there were enough competitors to put them in separate categories to develop experience with a variety of unknown fighters (instead of known competition from the same studio!)

While Maxine’s preliminary match was a convincing win, the gold metal fight was a more evenly-matched competition which was tied at the end of the second round, bringing the athletes to a sudden-death third round. Maxine stuck to her game plan and was able to connect for the win, taking her to the podium for a gold medal.

Alpha brought all of her speed and strength to her matches and came out flying at her competitors for the gold medal win in her category.  Throughout her matches she demonstrated incredible intensity, putting pressure on her opponents at all times.

Eastside Taekwondo is extremely proud of our four competitors and we look forward to continued success in upcoming tournaments.  Over the coming months we’ll be working on high-intensity controlled targeting, pushing ourselves to try new skills in the ring, and channeling energy for quick, strategic attack and defense.  Again, congratulations to all of our competitors on a successful Taekwondo tournament!


Eastside Taekwondo Student Spotlight

Taekwondo testing – new yellow stripe in the house!

Johnny_yellowstripeCongratulations to Johnny, east side taekwondo’s newest yellow stripe belt! Johnny earned his yellow stripe by showing incredible discipline and determination.  Johnny is a grade six student who began training in the fall. He’s come a long way in a short time.  Johnny is a focused child who has great potential in the art of taekwondo.  We look forward to helping him continue his journey in the world of martial arts!  Great work Johnny, and great workout this evening too!

World Taekwondo Junior Championships in Burnaby Nov 16-20!

The World Taekwondo Junior Championships are being hosted in Burnaby November 16-20, 2016.

This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in martial arts in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland to catch some amazing live action!  Men’s and women’s categories will be competing in 42 kg to 78 kg weight classes. Tickets can be purchased for a single day or for the entire event.  Kids 12 and under are free. Ticketing and schedule information

Join Taekwondo BC and Taekwondo Canada in welcoming the world to British Columbia!

BC Master’s tournament at BCIT Burnaby October 15th 2016

Congratulations to all of the competitors who participated in the BC Master’s Cup Tournament on October 15!

As usual, the tournament was broken into poomsae (patterns) in the morning followed by sparring in the afternoon and into the evening.  Our club had representatives ranging in age from 10 years to adulthood, and in belt categories from yellow to black. Two of our competitors participated in both poomsae and sparring and walked away with double golds, winning their categories in both competitions.  Well done Kenneth and Matthew!

The remaining competitors focused on sparring and had successful bouts all round.  Tips from our competitors include having a game plan (and trying to stick to it), coming out strong right at the beginning of the match, staying focused even as exhaustion hits, and training well beforehand.

Tournaments are a great opportunity to become engaged in the competitive aspects of tae kwon do.  They’re also a great team building event as competitors warm up together, encourage each other, chat while waiting for matches, and cheer each other on.  We always welcome new competitors and encourage you to give it a try if you’re interested. Coaches and competitors alike had a great day.  Congratulations again to our team!

East Side TKD at LMA Open in Washington State

East Side Tae Kwon Do competed in our first cross-boarder tournament this weekend at the LMA Open in Renton, Washington, just south of Seattle. Congratulations to our competitors Maxine and Tate – both walked away with gold medals!  Maxine and Tate represented Canada in two girls’ sparring categories: 14/15 yrs blue belt competition, and 12/13 yrs red belt competition.  We were impressed with the well run and organized tournament that saw competitors from BC, Washington state, Montana, California, and more.

At the tournament all of us, including Master Ellis, were surprised to learn that head shots were allowed in the colour belt matches for young competitors. Compared to a single-point turning kick shot to the chest targets, head shots were valued at 3 points, so if the girls agreed, their heads would certainly become targets. Both of our athletes had the opportunity to decline head shots prior to their matches but they took the tournament rules in stride and agreed to the additional target.

Tate and Maxine both had their work cut out for them but they fought strong during their matches and came out on top. Congratulations to both girls on their first international tournament and matching gold medals!