Regional News - Funday Report
The Annual Mahon Taekwon-Do Academy fun-day took place between 11am to 1pm on Saturday 9th November. The 2 hours of constant activity, included 60 sparring matches, a 30 foot obstacle course, bouncy castles and slides for the 60 Little Ninja and Junior Taekwon-Do students taking part in the event.
The guest of honour for this year’s activities was Master Patrick O’Rourke of Murrintown Taekwon-Do, Wexford. Master O'Rourke commenced his Taekwon-Do career in 1974 and has completed several International Instructor Training Courses and was promoted to VII Dan Master by the ITF Promotions Committee in 2011. Recently returned from the ITF world championships, where he represented Ireland as an umpire, Master O’Rourke brought the commemorative medal he received for this service to the Taekwon-Do world, along to the Fun-Day. It was an honour to hear his comment that he was impressed with the level of accomplishment evident from the youngest competitors at the Fun-Day. Master O’Rourke noted the high standard of training evident in the fact that not one single child backed away from competition, which he said is the more usual occurrence for such young students. All Little Ninja’s & Junior Taekwon-Do students took part in some fun Taekwon-Do sparring matches, wearing Taekwon-Do safety body protectors.
Assisting and refereeing for the day were Miss Sarah Sheehan 1st degree assistant instructor, Mahon Taekwon-Do Academy; Mr Ralf Bromberger, Miss Jasmin Creed, Mr Dylan O’ Callaghan, Mr Stephen O’Riordan and Miss Kate O’Riordan.
Many thanks were given to the management and staff of the venue, Mahon Community Center. They in turn commented that this was the most well behaved group to use the center, saying what a pleasure it was to see all the smiling faces arriving and leaving. This event, hosted by the Mahon Taekwon-Do Academy, is very important for students, as attending these types of Fun-Day tournaments, from a young age, is a crucial part of training. The Fun Day offers an opportunity to students to participate in their first ever sparring matches in a more relaxed environment than they might encounter in future competition.
This event is primarily a fun day out for all students, and their families; they can see for themselves the positive effects of competition. All students, who took part, received a Taekwon-Do Participation Trophy & Competition Tag, as winning or losing, is not the main focus of the day, the emphasis is on fun.
Leonard Coughlan 3rd degree
Posted by Stephen Ryan