Players from both the Junior and Master categories showed off their abilities at the National Taekwondo Demonstration Championships. (Photo by VoxSports)
The second edition of the National Taekwondo Demonstration Championships took place on 29 December 2013 at Toa Payoh Sports Hall, and saw players from both Junior and Master categories competing to bring glory to their respective clubs.
There were up to six categories in each event - Young Junior for participants aged nine to 12 years, Junior 1 for those aged 13 to 15, Junior 2 for those aged 16 to 18, Senior 1 for those aged 19 to 29, Senior 2 for those aged 30 to 39, and lastly Master, for those aged 40 and above.
In the Male High Jump Kick event, Marc Tay from Aljunied CC scored a record 2.2 metres in the Young Junior category, while Kang Jun Jie from ACME Taekwondo scored the record 2.55 metres in the Junior 1 category. Also from Aljunied CC was Dilon Ho, who scored the record 2.45 in the Junior 2.
Michael Ow, Song Jeong Ho, and Thiong Chee Seng scored the record 2.4, 2.5, and 2.2 metres in the Senior 1, Senior 2, and Master categories respectively.
“I’m very happy with the results... I liked it,” said Song Jeong Ho of his performance.
Despite setting the record in his category, however, the 25-year-old expressed disappointment at not being able to challenge higher than 2.5 metres as he was experiencing pain in his hamstrings.
Meanwhile in the Female High Jump Kick event, Angela Wang from Aljunied CC clinched the top score of 1.86 metres in the Young Junior category, while Sally Phee and Grayce Tan rounded up the Junior 1 and Junior 2 categories with 1.95 and 2.3 metres respectively.
For the Senior 1 and Master categories, Cheryl Foo from NTU scored the record 2 metres while Linda Sim scored 1.65 metres.
Kang Jun Jie also scored the record in the Junior 1 category for Male Long Jump Kick, with a score of 2.8 metres. Also scoring a record 2.8 metres in the Junior 2 category is Laurence Church. Bernard Kuah and Woon Yong Chuang scored a record 2.4 and 2.3 respectively in the Senior 1 and Senior categories.
In the Male Reverse Kick Breaking event, Yoo Chang Yong registered seven pieces in the Junior 1 category, while Mohd Hejaz managed 14 pieces in Junior 2. In the Senior 1 category, Low Chin Hang from SMU managed 15 pieces to set the record, as did Soo Jeong Ho and Thiong Chee Seng in the Senior 2 and Masters categories.
Meanwhile in the Female Reverse Kick Breaking event, Jeraldine See set the record at 15 pieces also.
In Male Flat Breaking, Baek Moo Jin scored 11 pieces in the combined Senior category, with Yap Onn Hoe finishing with 10 pieces in the Master category. Baek Moo Jin also set the record in the Male Knife-Hand Breaking event, with a score of 10 pieces. Edmund Lim scored 8 pieces to set the record in the Master category.
In the Taekwon Aerobics event, Team Induk won with a score of 7.07 in the Young Junior 1 category, but lost to Team ACME in the Junior 1 category with ACME scoring 7.40. In the Senior 1 category, Singapore Poly scored 7.27.
Jay Yap, 49, who took part in the championships for the first time after doing Taekwondo for 33 years says, “I wIll definitely come back for next year in order to improve.”
Siti Fajriyah, 14, who was taking part in the Creative Poomsae team event with her St Teresa team-mates, shared the benefits of practising Taekwondo.
“You have more confidence because you do Taekwondo… and have the courage to perform in front of others.”
Even though her team did not emerge first place, she was optimistic about her experience.
“I’m here just to enjoy myself and to perform at the best that I can, because the team has been training for very long,” she said.