Mar­tial artists get a taste of the ac­tion

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

Whit­sun­day Taek­wondo Oh Do Kwan held its 10th In­ter-Club Tour­na­ment on Satur­day.

Stu­dents from both the Proser­pine and Can­non­vale clubs came to­gether to com­pete in the tech­ni­cal and spar­ring (fight­ing) 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 is 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 fifth dan black belt Vicky Gil­lam, who was as­sisted on the day by sec­ond dan in­struc­tor Jim Hodges and first dan black belts Zac May­nard and Nick Mar­sio­nis.

There were some awe­some dis­plays of tech­ni­cal skill in the self-de­fence, jump­ing front kick and poom­sae events and the spar­ring re­sults were su­perb – es­pe­cially from those stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated in their first tour­na­ment.

“The fe­male yel­low tiger fighters were quite a sight to see. As were some of the blue and red belts – they were sim­ply fe­ro­cious,” Vicky Gil­lam said.

“All up it was a great day for both com­peti­tors and spec­ta­tors alike.”

Whit­sun­day Taek­wondo Oh Do Kwan has train­ing ses­sions on Mon­days and Wed­nes­days in Proser­pine and in Can­non­vale on Tues­days and Thurs­days. For more de­tails call Vicky on 0416 350 439.

TAEK­WONDO PLAY­ERS: (From back) Lu­cas O’Toole, Jasper McKin­non, Chelsea Howard, Madi­son Tay­lor, An­gus Kelly, Rhyanna Zo­nu­iter, Jody Van Wyk, Malita Mail­man, (mid­dle) Jonah Rose, Vivien Rose, Tavis McDon­ald, Ry­lan McDon­ald, Amelia Zon­ruiter, Josh Faletti, (front) Jesse Smylie, Am­ber Tay­lor, Lil Kelly, Kody Smylie and Josh King.

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