Our Oceania Taekwon-Do Championships team has returned from the Cook Islands with lots of stories to share about a wonderful tournament, the incredible hospitality of our Cook Island hosts and the beauty of Rarotonga! The team did extremely well, with individual medals to all of our team members and a silver medal in the team patterns event. A special mention also to Roisin Giles who won the Best Overall black belt trophy, and to the parents, supporters, officials and helpers who helped make it all happen. We posted live updates during the tournament and have posted lots of photos from the event which you can view here.
Sonya Robinson - 4th Degree Patterns
Kavita Jaduram - 1st Degree Patterns
Kavita Jaduram - Women's Dan Special Technique
Roisin Giles - Women's Dan Middleweight Sparring
Roisin Giles - Women's Dan Power Breaking
Zach Patai - Male Red Belt Patterns
Zach Patai - Int Male 1-4 Gup Sparring
Danielle Patai - Female Blue Belt Patterns
Danielle Patai - Jnr Female 1-4 Gup Hyperweight Sparring
Debbie Hart - 3rd Degree Patterns
Debbie Hart - Women's Dan Power Breaking
Roisin Giles - 1st Degree Patterns
Zach Patai - Int Male Power Breaking
Suhaila Sayid Ghoolam - 1-4 Gup Microweight Sparring
Suhaila Sayid Ghoolam - Int Girls Special Technique
Anton Keay-Davies - Int Boys 1-4 Gup Middleweight Sparring
Anton Keay-Davies - Int Boys Special Technique
Warrior Team - Team Patterns
Roisin Giles - Best Overall Black Belt
(Incredibly, we all made it back through Auckland Airport without setting off the metal detectors...).
Pee Wees - It's Your Last Chance to Register!
The Pee Wee Tournament is this Sunday! Already we've got 11 Warrior members registered for the event. The tournament is about a 30min drive from Ellerslie to Wesley College, which is located between Drury and Pukekohe, and we will meet up together at the beginning of the tournament so we can all help and support each other on the day.
Not sure what it's all about? We've put together an article called 7 Ways to Maximise Your Pee Wee Tournament Experience with some tips on what to enter, what to expect and how to get the most out of the tournament.
Register for the tournament here.
Last Week of Holiday Timetable
This is the last week on our holiday timetable, with our full timetable resuming on Monday 21 July. Starting from next week we are adding a new TKD Kubz class to our timetable for kids aged 3-5 which will be on Mondays at 3.30pm. Taekwon-Do Kubz is a one-of-a-kind, fun filled, safety-first children's program for 3-5 year olds, inspiring great behaviour, teaching social interaction and of course some cool taekwon-do techniques. If you have or know any young children who would be interested in TKD Kubz please contact us to find out more.
Have a great training week!
We're just about to head to the airport to fly to the Cook Islands as part of the last wave of the Warrior contingent competing and contributing to the 6th Oceania Taekwon-Do Championships!
New Zealand, Cook Islands and Australia are competing in Rarotonga on Saturday Cook Islands time, which is Sunday New Zealand time.
Zach Patai, Danielle Patai, Anton Keay-Davies, Suhaila Sayid Ghoolam, Roisin Giles, Kavita Jaduram, Debbie Hart, and Sonya Robinson are all competing in individual events, and we also have a Warrior team made up of Roisin, Kavita, Danielle, Zach and Suhaila competing in team patterns as one of the patterns teams representing New Zealand at the tournament.
Also there will be Master McPhail as a committee member of the Oceania Taekwon-Do Federation and as an official, and myself as a helper and supporter.
The first and last time I saw the Cook Islanders compete was at the Star Series Tournament in Pukekohe in 2010. They were very strong there, as you will see in the video below, so it will be interesting to see how the tournament goes!
We will try and share some updates here and on Facebook if internet and time allow.
Go New Zealand!!!!