MANILA — The best and brightest taekwondo jins in the collegiate level take center stage soon as the Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) on Tuesday announced the holding of the 2022 SMART-MVP Sports Foundation National Inter-School Taekwondo Championships from October 1 to 2 at the Ayala Malls, Manila Bay, Pasay City.
The competition has two categories – the Novice and Advance – with five (5) divisions under each category namely: Seniors, Juniors, Cadet, Grade School and Toddler – to be played separately for male and female competitors. It also includes Poomsae which is open for colored and blackbelt students for the following events: Individual, Pair and Team events.
Poomsae means “Forms” and is performed by a systematic time of movement in a consecutive sequence against an imaginary opponent or multiple opponents. It consists of movements using the hands and feet and interconnected techniques like blocking, punching, striking, thrusting, and kicking. Constant training of Poomsae will help improve flexibility and control in breathing, balance, power, eye focus and mental discipline.
About 2,000 students from all schools affiliated with the Philippine Taekwondo Association all over the country are confirmed to participate in the biggest school-based tournament supported by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), Philippine Olympics Committee (POC) and MILO.
Among the schools and universities that will participate in this two-day event are Ateneo de Manila University, University of Sto. Tomas, St. Paul Pasig, Diliman Preparatory School, Emilio Aguinaldo College,De La Salle University, University of the East, National University, University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Competition will start at 9 AM onwards. Martial arts enthusiasts and sports aficionados are invited to witness this event, especially children who are interested to learn the sport. (ai/mtvn)
A young player in blue armor connects to the body of his opponent during the recent competition.