All AB Taekwondo students placed at Edmonton championship

Pearl Lorentzen
Lakeside Leader

All 18 students from AB Taekwondo received a medal at a championship in Edmonton.

AB Taekwondo is one of two Taekwondo ‘dojangs’, studios, in Slave Lake. Students from six years old to adults competed at the tournament. Belts ranged from yellow up to red belt with a black stripe.

From easiest to hardest taekwondo belts are: white, yellow, orange, green, blue, red, and black, with a stripe of the next colour indicating a sub-level.

The tournament was the 36th Annual K. H. Min Invitational Taekwondo Championship, on Saturday, October 26th at the Kinsmen Sports Centre, in Edmonton.

The youngest participant from AB Taekwondo, Kaiden Dreelan, is six. He placed second in poomse and third in sparring.

‘Poomse’ or ‘poomsae’ /puumsah/ refers to movements in a set pattern which become more complex as the level increases, says taekwondo-training.com. It is a way to practice each part of various aspects of martial arts at once. There is usually one poomse per belt level.

Riley Flanagan (7) placed bronze in sparring.

The eight to 10-year-old age group has both intermediate and advanced competitive classes.

In the advanced class, Alexa Briones (8) won two medals: silver in poomse and bronze in sparring. Akio Cijon Thapaliya (8) placed silver in sparring and bronze in poomse.

In intermediate, Keegan Warman (8) won gold in sparring. Hannah Joseph (8) won gold in poomse and silver in sparring. Jacob Bagadiong (8) placed silver in both poomse and sparring.

Jordan Badry (9) placed bronze in sparring and poomse.

In ages 10 to 14, AB Taekwondo has intermediate and advanced competitive.

In advanced, Jaiden Ducusin (12) won gold in poomse and bronze in sparring.

Sam Carson (11), with a red black stripe, placed bronze in poomse. Ericka Holden (13) placed bronze in both poomse and flying side kick.

Bailey McClanahan (11) placed bronze in sparring and silver in flying side kick. Gabriel Menier (10) placed silver in poomse and bronze in sparring. Ashton Lee (14) placed silver in both poomse and sparring.

In intermediate, Charisse Calves (10) placed silver in sparring and bronze in poomse.

From the adults, all three are yellow belts. In poomse, Lalaine Muise won gold and Jilian Weidhaas silver. Arlyn Pascua placed bronze in both poomse and sparring.

AB Taekwondo, from Slave Lake, medalists at a Taekwondo Championship in Edmonton on Oct. 26.

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