Taek­wondo stu­dents strut their stuff

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TAEK­WONDO

WHIT­SUN­DAY Taek­wondo Oh Do Kwan held its sev­enth in­ter-club tour­na­ment on Satur­day.

A to­tal of 39 stu­dents (21 from Proser­pine and 18 from Air­lie Beach) com­peted in the tech­ni­cal and spar­ring di­vi­sions.

All stu­dents were en­cour­aged to par­tic­i­pate as they would be com­pet­ing against their fel­low club mem­bers and the spar­ring was light body con­tact only.

The in­ter-club tour­na­ments are de­signed to al­low stu­dents to put into prac­tice the skills they have learned with­out the full con­tact as­pect of a reg­u­lar tour­na­ment.

It was also de­signed to give stu­dents a feel for what it is like to be in a com­pe­ti­tion sit­u­a­tion, be it spar­ring or tech­ni­cal, should they de­cide to par­tic­i­pate in a higher level tour­na­ment.

The events were judged by head in­struc­tor Vicky Gil­lam - fourth Dan black belt, who was as­sisted on the day by first Dan in­struc­tors Jim Hodges, Bowie Hodges and Jar­rad Arthur.

There were some great dis­plays of tech­ni­cal skill in the self de­fence, jump­ing front kick and poom­sae events and the spar­ring re­sults were ex­cel­lent, es­pe­cially from stu­dents who were par­tic­i­pat­ing in their first tour­na­ment.

The se­nior belt fight­ers were a sight to see as were some of the Tigers aged four to six years.

It was also great to see the par­ents who train with their chil­dren com­pet­ing on the day as well. A huge con­grat­u­la­tions to all those stu­dents who com­peted.

Whit­sun­day Taek­wondo Oh Do Kwan has train­ing ses­sions on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days at the Proser­pine and in Can­non­vale on Tues­days and Thurs­days.

For any queries re­gard­ing Taek­wondo or train­ing times, please con­tact Vicky on 4947 3467 or 0416 350 439 or at info@whit­sun­daytkd.com.au.

SELF DE­FENCE: Lilly Cor­rie, Malita Mail­man and Holly Smith won awards for their self-de­fence at the taek­wondo tour­na­ment on Satur­day.

JUMP­ING FRONT KICK: Zoltan Holeczy, Alice Bren­ton and Tael­lum Friend won awards for their jump­ing front kick at Whit­sun­day Taek­wondo Oh Do Kwan In­ter-Club Tour­na­ment on Satur­day.

POOM­SAE: Do­minic Di Benedetto and Zachary Foote were named the best ju­nior and se­nior in poom­sae at the Whit­sun­day Taek­wondo Oh Do Kwan tour­na­ment on Satur­day.

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