On Sunday, June 8th, the University of Nottingham Taekwondo Club was engaged in yet another round of the Alumni Games, an annual opportunity for the Student Team to prove itself against the club’s Alumni. Both sides competed at the best of their ability and proved their value in a series of different challenges, which ended with a score of 4-3, marking the Alumni’s victory.
The Games had the two teams confronting each other in five rounds of patterns (Poomsae) events – Team, Male/Female Individuals, Pairs and Triples – and in a series of exciting sparring (Kyorugi) matches.
The Student team was determined to double last year’s result, and started with a series of great performances in both Team and Male Individual Poomsae, reaching a vantage of 2-1 on the Alumni. Pairs and Triples followed closely, and once more the Students managed to stay ahead, prevailing in the Triples challenge; the score went up to 3-2, with the Alumni winning Pairs Poomsae.
Sparring is the specialty of the Alumni Team, where their experience and skills always work as great advantages. After all of Male/Female matches, the Alumni had sprinted on top, winning the competition with an overall score of 4-3. A victory, but still a hard-won one!
A big ‘thank you’ goes to whoever took part in the Games and made them possible. It is always a fantastic experience, worth the effort and the extra training, not to mention an extremely rewarding opportunity for everybody in the club.
The Alumni are now back on top with a 2-1 overall result, but the Games will be back same time next year – and the Students are still determined to win!