The DIT Taekwondo team embarked on the journey to the 2018 Open Style intervarsity competition hosted in UCC on Friday the 26th of January. For many members traveling this was their first experience in a competition setting.
Things kicked off with patterns in the beginners section, where, Aisling Lee took 1st in the women’s division and Brinsten Abraham 2nd in the men’s. We then moved onto the intermediate patterns where Adam McEnroe took 2nd and Jeff Lagman 3rd in a large and highly impressive division.
After all patterns had concluded the sparring began with first the points sections being ran. Hana Macadle flew the DIT flag where she fought her way to a nail biting final and took second in the female beginners section.
In the beginners Mens Division, DIT dominated the light and heavy weight divisions. Capturing all 3 podium positions in the points lightweight division were Jerico Laguerta, Kieffer Nadurata, and Brinsten Abraham. In the heavyweight division our 2 entrants of John Nason and Rojay Ffrench battled their way to 2nd and 3rd in both their first ever outings.
While Adam McEnroe stormed his way through the intermediate division to receive 2nd, Jeff Lagman, also competing in the intermediate division, was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury in the early on in the knock out stages thus ending his tournament.
After the points concluded everyone’s favourite category of continuous fighting was up. Again, as before, the beginners men made their presence felt with similar replications of their earlier success. Jerico again winning 1st and Kieffer this time getting 3rd. Both John and Rojay tied for 3rd in the heavyweight division after having tough battles.
Hana Macadle matched her earlier success in a close second place finish and having missed out on medals in the points, Aisling found her rhythm in the continuous division and reached 3rd place.
Sunday afternoon at Neptune stadium Hana, Adam and Aisling took to the mats once again at the Scion Open Taekwondo Championships where another impressive haul was won. Adam, up first, showed great power in his patterns winning 3rd and again demonstrating impressive skill and technique to get to the finals where his injuries caught up an he came out with a 2nd place finish.
Not long after Hana and Aising were back up against each other for patterns. With some nice displays of technique the ladies found themselves in pole positions, with Aisling going into a tie breaker and coming out victorious in 1st place. With little time to celebrate a quick change to fighting was called and the DIT ladies were back up. Aisling up first this time in the beginners women’s heavyweight division, with great control and movement, she came 1st. Hana rounded out the weekend with a great 2nd place finish in the finals against an opponent with an impressive reach advantage.
DIT Taekwondo would like to thank UCC Karate, Kickboxing, and Taekwondo for hosting and organising a brilliant intervarsity competition and the Scion Club for too providing us with great competition and experience.
Lastly the team would like to express our gratitude to Coach John for all his hard work and efforts to help get us to where we are.