SDTKD in first ‘Online Taekwondo C’ships’

SOUTH Dublin Taekwondo Club were in competition last weekend, taking part in the first ever 'Online Taekwondo Championships' which was held in place of a tournament that had been cancelled.

SDTKD had its team primed to travel to Belfast to attend the Northern Ireland Taekwondo Champ-ionships which had to be cancelled as a result of the global Covid-19 threat.

Natalia Julia and Samantha Malecka compressor

South Dublin’s Natalia, Julia and Samantha Malecka pose with their certificates

However, the event organisers opted to hold the 'Poomsaae' [Patterns] element of the tournament online.

The event proved to be a massive success with taekwondo practitioners from around the world uploading videos of their technical performances from inside their living rooms, back yards and green spaces outside in an effort to be part of this global initiative.

SDTKD Club members pulled together to perform their pieces and share online as well as with team mates with entries coming from Tudor Popescu, Angelica Zaleska, Kornel Zaleski, Samantha Malecka, Natalia Malecka, Julia Malecka, Nicholas Buffini-Taaffe, Isha Nair, Adam Belmaati, Sydney Fowler, Bobby Fowler, Kate McGovern, Maksymilain Ciejka, Ben Nugent, Bobby Nugent, AJ Carney.

Even SDTKD Coaches Taaffe, Niamh Buffini and Jack Woolley all took part in this worldwide event.

Just days after the success of the tournament, World Taekwondo Europe announced the first Online Open European Champion-ships open to all taekwondo practioners.

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