Archives for March 2017

National Student Championships 2017

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The new season of competition this year for the University of Nottingham Taekwondo Club has already begun, with the National Student Championships spearheading the bouts for our members. The recently concluded annual British Student Taekwondo Federation (BSTF) tournament, which took place at the University of Worcester earlier this month, was the biggest event the club has participated in so far. Boasting a team of more than 30 delegates, UoN Taekwondo Club went against other representatives hailing from 50 universities in multiple events including individual Poom sae, pairs Poom sae as well as individual sparring for both WTF and ITF styles.

Day one of the competition saw the club excel in the Poom sae competition and ITF sparring. Having a competitor in each division gave the club a strong line up for the Poom sae events in what was described as a true test of great form and pattern discipline. In the end, UoN Taekwondo club finished second overall in these events with 1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze medals. Continuing on from this success, support was lent from the team for the finals of the -57 kg Female Class A ITF sparring before eventually clinching the second gold medal of the day for the club.

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National Student Championships 2017 UoN Taekwondo Club Poom sae team

Day two of the National Student Championships shifted the club in full gear as most of the delegates prepare for a full day of WTF sparring. Team spirit echoed through the arena with cheers being given to fellow members who bravely faced their fights through to the podium. Having witnessed a series of bouts that were both exhilarating and tense, UoN Taekwondo once again triumphed across the different classes and weight divisions, achieving a haul of 14 medals and subsequently putting the club in third place overall.

 

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University of Nottingham Taekwondo Club finished third overall at this year’s National Student Championships

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Four UoN Taekwondo club members have successfully qualified for the European Universities Games and Championships this year in Portugal. L-R: Uriel Soberanes (Silver, A Class -87kg), Thangaeswaran Nithirajah (Gold, A Class -63kg), Itzel Cacique (Gold, A Class Female Individual Poom sae), Gary Skinner (Club instructor), Alice Cardall (Silver, A Class -53kg)

The event concluded with four of the UoN Taekwondo Club members qualifying for this year’s European Universities Games and Championships in Coimbra, Portugal. The club also placed third overall after a two-day performance, making it the most successful feat for the club at the National Student Championships to date.

 

The Road to BSTF 2017

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After months of training and preparation, the University of Nottingham Taekwondo Club is about to face another tough challenge as members take on the annual National Student Championships that will take place this weekend at Worcester. The event will play host to a number of events including Poomsae patterns and Kyorugi (sparring) which will cater to both ITF and WTF styles of Taekwondo.

The club hopes to follow on the success that was achieved towards the end of 2016 at which delegates were sent to participate in two independent competitions. The first of which is the 33rd TTA Individual Championships held in Glasgow, where participants of all classes gathered from different sister clubs around the country to engage in a friendly tournament. UoN Taekwondo club topped the medals table, having garnered 9 golds, 5 silvers and 5 bronzes across the different disciplines, with three of its delegates being recognised in the event’s Top 10 performing individuals. The club was also awarded the Team Spirit Cup as the competition drew to a conclusion.

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Representatives from the University of Nottingham Taekwondo club at the 33rd TTA Individual Championships in Glasgow with the Team Spirit Cup and a haul of 19 medals.

UoN Taekwondo also received an invitation to partake at the 5th Imperial College Open Tournament held in London, which marked the club’s debut at this annual event. Captained by the club’s president, Vinotharan Annarasa, the team fought their way onto the podium securing 1 gold, 1 silver and 3 bronze medals. The successful feat gave the club a recognition that would hopefully catapult the university team’s identity in this sport and pave way for more future competitions in a bid to maintain its glorious streak.

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A successful sparring debut for the University of Nottingham Taekwondo club at the 5th annual Imperial College Open in London. L-R: Sokratis Charalampous (Vice president), Llewellyn Godfrey (Bronze), Thangaeswaran Nithirajah (Gold), Sam Vickers (Silver), Vinotharan Annarasa (Captain, Bronze), Arwa Hasan (Bronze), Binh La (Club Event Coordinator).

The British Student Taekwondo Federation (BSTF) Championships indicate the start of a new season of challenges for the university’s Taekwondo club. The event will particularly pose a huge venture for the new members who have yet to experience the thrill of competing.

The club most certainly wishes everybody the best of luck this weekend and have a fantastic time!