The June grading was followed by the club’s annual Alumni Games during which current students were pitted against alumni members in a battery of tests and challenges. Participants from both teams were able to show off their Taekwondo skills and physical endurance in a bid to take this year’s title. Certainly, it was a great deal for the student team to come out victorious in these friendly games, which have been dominated by the alumni group in numerous occasions.
In this year’s games, teams were able to showcase their creativity as they put their own spin on traditional Taekwondo poomsae patterns. The student team, led by the club’s Vice President Socrates Charalambous, triumphed as they topped the scoreboards for their synchronisation, originality and preparation. The kup graders kickstarted their interpretative poomsae with Il Jang followed by the introduction to Sam Jang, care of four senior black belters. They finalised it with Kibon Poomsae, ending their routine on a high note.
The rest of the day’s program was filled with competitive feats, with participants being subjected to tasks such as side kick holds, long distance flying kick and speed breaking. Nevertheless, the games culminated to golden point sparring. With years of experience, it seemed like the Alumni team had a greater advantage over their opponents. Despite a win for the Alumni team, the students produced a fantastic performance and proved that they have potential to be worthy competitors.
The weeks leading to the Alumni Games have been busy and stressful. A massive acknowledgement to all the organisers of the event as well as to those who participated. It has definitely been a memorable and exciting day, especially for our newcomers. No doubt that it will serve as a motivation for our club members to train harder and sharpen their skills in time for next year’s games, with hopes of a win for the student team!