The British Tae Kwon Do Student Nationals happened over the weekend so my team travelled down all the way to Bristol City Academy on a late Friday evening ready to complete in both Poomsae (TKD patterns) and Sparring (fighting).
It was an epic weekend! I was slightly late catching the coach on Friday due to work ;-; but luckily they waited for me. Road trip down was good and had no issues; apart from me having to hold in my desperation for the toilet during our two and a half hour journey. Some played yellow car, we also did a little sight seeing in the coach driving past London tourist attractions ^^
We stayed at Holiday Inn which was surprisingly nice and comfortable. They also had a swimming pool and sauna which most of us took advantage of the next morning.
There was a LOT of incidents that happened but didn’t ruin the trip. Such as a 3.5 hour delay on Saturday Poomsae competition because they were over run from the ITF sparring competition; everyone seemed confused and wasn’t notified of the delay, I could have gone sight seeing! The poomsae part of the event wasn’t organised very well. The judges rushed everything and never told participants what their score was so how do you expect them to improve?! They also gave students false hope by deliberately making them sit in the waiting area whilst calling names out to come out to perform. If you don’t get called, you didn’t get through but also couldn’t leave the arena until it all ended…
We also had a fire alarm that went off at our hotel at 1am that evening when we really needed sleep >.< The fire brigade had to come and check it out, so I spent a lot of my wait photo bombing people taking photos of the fire engine, mostly from Imperial College hehe; I think the alarm was caused by someone smoking in the room (whhhy?!)
Sparring was held on Sunday and everyone enjoyed themselves. The whole team was cheering for the competitors, the scene was very lively! Our grand master, Master Bae, came down with his wife and son to root for the team ^^ Many fights gave me a heart attack due to the close score and I believe it was the voices of all those cheering for the competitor that helped our team win matches ^^
Despite all the incidents above, everyone had a great time and managed to perform very well in sparring. The team won 2 golds, 2 silvers and 3 bronze out of 10 competitors. So we did pretty damn good!
I think I should try to compete in some competition in the future but I’m so scared! What do you think?