On Sunday 23 June, 31 brave Junior Warriors stepped onto the mats to represent De Silva Taekwon-Do at the Pantera TKD Under 18s Championship 2019. For many of the students, this was a first outing in their new White Doboks as students of full ITF (International Taekwon-Do Federation) syllabus Taekwon-Do , having recently graduated from our Lil’ Warriors age 5-6 classes. For many some it was their first time testing their skills against students outside of our Association. For others it was a further chance to sharpen their skills and fulfill Grading requirements as well as make new friends.
With roughly 150 Taekwon-Do students in attendance from 6 different Taekwon-Do Associations, there was a sense of healthy nervousness and anticipation in the air as the event opened with an address from the host, Master Janitzio Moreno (VII Degree). Master Moreno stressed that this tournament, which has run and grown for a number of years, was all about promoting the positive benefits of healthy sporting competition to Junior students of Taekwon-Do.
Our own students of De Silva Taekwon-Do will know that we do place a certain emphasis on regular competition for those looking to progress up the belt grades. This is not based on any particular medal results at a young age, but just in recognition that we are studying a martial art which brings a number of benefits such as confidence, self discipline, fitness, courtesy and practical skills which can be applicable in sporting and self defence situations. In order to gain the maximum from these benefits it is important to test our skills in a pressured but safe environment. Considering these points, every single Warrior who plucked up the courage and competed made us, the Instructors and their parents and families proud.
There were some great and notable performances right across the board. Our students successfully competed in all of the disciplines available, namely Tuls (Patterns) , Sparring and Special Technique. We had outstanding performances and even medals in each discipline, which shows we are training well rounded martial artists at our Academies.
The lasting memory of the Tournament was as usual the excellent camaraderie shown between our Junior Warriors throughout the day. From the Team Photo at the start of the day to the final cheering from the sidelines for the closing events, our Warriors took it upon themselves to cheer each other on, console each other if results didn’t go our way and demonstrate excellent fair-play. A record number of finals were contested among De Silva TKD students, something which added to the fun and a fact the Instructors from Ealing, Ruislip and Wembley took great pride in.
The occasion was all the more special as we were joined by students from our After School Clubs at Notting Hill and Ealing School and Christ The Saviour.
The Association thanks the Black Belts who gave their time to help out. Miss Jaymie Phow (II Degree) swapped her England Competition uniform for an umpire’s suit. Mr Johann de Silva (VI Degree) our Founder , CEO and National Team Coach for Wales swapped his usual Tracksuit for an umpire’s suit. Mr Calvin Thomas (IV Degree) , a former World and European Medalist, had the largest number of personal students competing and since many were young and entering their first event, he was on hand to offer some coaching where possible and also a point of contact and pulling the team together.
Special thanks to all the parents who gave their time on a Sunday to bring our Warriors to the competition and were just as enthusiastic watching the Events and supporting the Association.
Our Official Photographer, Mr Soody Kim (I Degree) also gave up his time to capture our Warriors in action. Please follow the link below to view the images from the day and contact Mr Soody if any families would like to purchase any high resolution images as a memento of the event.