With over 150 competitors, 15 clubs, three rings and the
STOMP title up for grabs, the scene was set for once again an exciting day of
friendly competition. With the seating filling with eager supporters and the
umpires all allocated to their rings, we were ready to rumble!
Up first onto the mats were our youngest students of the day.
After a warm welcome and recital of the oath, it was time to perform patterns.
Aged 4-7yrs, it was inspiring to watch as our Generation-X stepped up as ambassadors
for Taekwon-Do and their clubs, performing strong and skilful patterns, far
surpassing their years.
Patterns finished, it was time to pad up and prepare for
sparring. In busy divisions, there was no easy route to the top spot, with all
students fighting hard with confidence and determination.
The morning finished with our junior black belts taking to
the floor. With Our Generation-X watching on, this was a fantastic opportunity
for the youngsters to watch our up and coming champions battle it out for the
gold. Whether win, lose or draw each decision was taken with grace and humility,
once again showing how great a role model our juniors are fast becoming to our
After a short lunch break, it was time to restart the event
with our colour belt cadets. As always, the patterns were performed to a high
standard and were a true pleasure to watch. As we progressed from white belts
through the grades it was encouraging to see their competition experience
shining through, shedding light on the importance and positive impact these
local events have on the development of our junior competitors.
Once patterns had finished, students were instructed to pad
up, warm up and set themselves for sparring. With eager spectators and team
members encouraging from the side lines everyone was excited to watch as the
competitors stepped onto the ring. As with previous STOMP Championships strong
performances were put in by all, with each student showing the heart and
determination of a true Taekwon-Do practitioner.
We would like to thank and congratulation all competitors,
coaches and spectators that attended the event as well as the regional umpires
that worked tirelessly throughout the day to ensure the event was run both
smoothly and professionally. We look forward to seeing you all at the next big