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!