On Sunday the 29th of January, Dorset Taekwondo Association took a fairly large team up to Basingstoke to compete in the first Bluewave open Poomsae competition. We had a team of 14 competitors taking part in singles, pairs and teams. Master Naraine and Master Smedley also took to the mats, a first for us both for over 10 years, and although we didn’t medal, we were not far of from the final and gained valuable experience to aid us and our team for future events.
Our team, however, performed very well with some great results. For many of our team, it was a first time experience, and although there were some nerves, all had the courage to step up on the mats, in front of lots of spectators and perform their Poomsae.
We also had two members of DTA who have recently trained as Poomsae judges, join the team of judges watching our every block, punch and kick. I am sure that they also gained valuable experience with help from GM Shin. With a healthy stash of medals, including team golds and silvers, and individual golds, silvers and bronze, we left the venue at around 6pm with a very tired but happy team.
Dorset Taekwondo Association would like to thank Master Reilly and all at Bluewave for working tirelessly before, during and after the event, we feel it was very well organised competition and we look forward to to the next one.
Master Kjeld Smedley