*Jens just missed the photo
Excitement. Nerves. Butterflies?
Well, I am sure they were all present in the Banstead TaeKwon-Do under 13’s Yellow and Green Team that took part in the TKD Impact League competition on Saturday March 9th.
For most of the 10 Banstead junior TKD students that took part this was their first competition and they all took to it so well and I was so pleased with the effort that everyone put in. All the hardwork at training in class, especially in sparring recently, looked like it really paid off and we certainly took some points away and medals away from other teams who hadn’t expected such quality.
The 10 brave Banstead Competitors were:
- we also had Lewis from Epsom
Edie was first up I think with her yellow belt patterns, she chose Chon-Ji and performed it very well with good stances. Sadly the judges voted for the opponent who performed a higher pattern. Judges decision is final, :). Edie was also first of the team to spar, this being her first competition me, Dad, being the coach too – there was no pressure at all. Edie did very well and certainly got a few good turning kick points and one to the head too. However, the judges again voted for the opponent. But Edie came away with a big smile and sense of achievement.
Next up was Georgia: she had an extremely difficult first round of sparring, against the girl who won that division I think. She was a green belt, older heavier and taller. However, Georgia did a great job of fending off the continuing attacks, she used her side kick very well and kept the opponent away several times. However, judges awarded the bout the other way due to some clear points for punches to the head guard.
James, also in the same division as Georgia, had an excellent sparring experience. He really took his best sparring game and won 2 rounds clear and simple. Well done to James.
Jens did a great job in patterns but sadly the decision went the other way (sometimes patterns decisions can be so close and come down to something as small as a minor hesitation). However, when it came to sparring Jens really came in to his own and proved how tough he is overwhelming green belts which is skills and persistence.
Next up were three sets of brothers:
William and Mikey: William did an excellent job in sparring and special technique, getting a Bronze in Sparring and Silver in Special Technique. Well Done William, and well done Mikey for doing well in patterns and being part of the team.
Tom and Ben: Both Tom and Ben are full of energy. Ben is great at sparring and enjoys his patterns, he won a good couple of rounds in his sparring division really convincingly. Tom did great in sparring, working hard all the way through the final and coming away with a Silver and then a Silver in special Technique. Excellent.
Adam and Jacob: another two wonderful set of brothers who really enjoy training. Jacob took part in patterns and got through a couple of rounds, well done. Adam was brilliant in sparring, completely overwhelming his opponents and going to a convincing win and Gold medal and then a Gold in special technique too.
All in all an excellent job by the Banstead TKD Junior Team.
It Gets Better…
More impressive than winning medals and taking part and being part of the team was the Team Spirit than Banstead TKD students showed throughout the very long afternoon. All the competitors gathered round each other to offer support and encouragement through the highs and lows of the tournament – you’ll see by looking through the photo album, to follow, just what I mean.
There was a definite sense of Banstead TaeKwon-Do being at the tournament and that in itself was impressive, so I’d like to thank all competitors who took part and all parents who sacrificed almost all of Saturday afternoon and evening.