Glorious 6th

The 6th of June 2010, brought forth a Taekwondo outing of mixed fortunes.

The day started with the Patterns Competition, in which we had representitives in all the categories

Junior Kup grade (Maya Subberwal),
Senior Kup Grade (Anya Subberwall, Melissa Ball),
Junior Black Belt (Euan Ross),
Senior Black Belt (Tom Ball)

Maya Subberwal came out the winner of the Junior Kup grade competition, beating several higher grades with a brilliant display of technique (she managed this while carrying an injury which mean’t she couldn’t compete in the sparring later on)

Anya and Melissa both were unlucky to lose out in the early rounds to competitors who would go onto the final, despite this both caused the judge to take some serious consideration before finally making a decision.

Having just passed his black belt, Euan Ross performed very well in what was the most competitive category, the standard at this level was really high. Euan lost out to an older, more experienced competitor who performed the third dan pattern.

In the senior Black Belt Category, our very own Tom Ball came third, losing out to Boston Taekwondo’s Kimberly Stancer who claimed 2nd. This is a reversal of a previous competition, in which Tom beat Kimberly.

After the Patterns section came the main event. Yom Chi had 5 (should have been 6 but Maya was injured) competitors in the kyorugi (Sparring) Section.

Tom Ball was up first showing his usual boundless energy and enthusiasm against younger taller opponents. Unfortunatly in both fights the extra reach of Toms opponents helped them to achieve narrow points victories.

Melissa Ball put in a spirted performance, showing no fear for her higher grade opponent. Mels opponent was quite happy sitting back letting Mel do all the attacking and then picking of counter kicks, showing that she was quite experienced, despite more experience Melissa’s opponent only managed a very narrow 2 point victory.

Anya Subberwal’s first compeitive fight outside of the club, showed a lot of composure, and a desire to get stuck in. Lack of fight experience showed in a fight that on the surface looked quite even, on points showed a different story. Anya produced a lot of good kicks, with power, unfortunatley her opponent frequently managed distance better nullifying Anya’s kicks while setting herself up for a scoring point.

This was Euan’s first fight of the year, and the first since passing his black belt, and as usual for Euan becuase of his height he ended up fighting someone much older. Maturity showed the difference as Euans opponent controlled the fight, causing Euan to make mistakes then punishing him. Euan showed strength of character to continue pushing forward taking the fight to his opponent, and was starting to dominate when he hurt his foot, after signalling to the referee, Euan dropped his guard to attend to his foot when his opponent unaware of the injury kicked him in the face.

The final fights of the Day (after leaving louth at 7am it was now 4pm) belonged to Peter Steele in the heavyweight category. Peter who hasn’t been in a competition for at least 4 years faced a taller, younger opponent. Lack of recent fight experience and a tendancy to take a few hits to be able to gain a point meant that Peter had to chase his opponent to catch up on points, his oppenent then capitalised on this to get in a few more good shots.

Peter’s last fight (and 3rd last fight of the event as a whole) was against someone affectionally named Big John. Despite losing 1 1/2 foot in height to his oppenent Peter went into the fight full of optimsim and the fight showed more composure than in his first fight. His opponents reach was the telling factor in what at the end of the day was a well matched fight.

After all the bruises and the memories of kicks that scored and shots that didn’t, we all came away learning something, either about martial arts, about fighting or about ourselves. And its that experience that will make the next one even better!

3 Responses to “Glorious 6th”

  1. tom ball says:

    Have to totally agree with this we all had a great day and enjoyed the experiience.
    I am so proud of everyones effforts that took part and grateful for the support we all recieved not just from our memebers but from other clubs, It really did feel like we had put together a real team this time and seem to heading down the right path and building spirit :D so looking forward to the event with Team Yom Chi :D

  2. ian says:

    Well done everyone, keep yourselves injury free, looking forward to August maybe

  3. Leanne Gowler says:

    I hope to come along to a future competition and really use the skills I’ve been taught :-D

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