The past Sunday, Goldsmiths Taekwondo competed in the first ever LUSL Taekwondo Competition hosted by the University of East London. Although it was a small competition, with approximately 90 competitors, the performance of the team is acknowledged and highly praised. The Goldsmiths Taekwondo team has performed exceptionally well in past competitions, and has proven itself once again. Having brought nine fighters, the team came back with sevenmedals; three gold and four bronze.
The day kicked off with black belt Sophia Doe’s match, who put up a great fight against her opponent, but unfortunately lost by six points; and was awarded a bronze medal. Shortly following, Njabulo Mkhize, who started training only last year, put on an exciting fight. After landing some excellent shots, the match was tied, leading to a golden point round. Unfortunately, NJ’s opponent landed a solid push kick, winning the fight by a single point. Goldsmiths’ newest Taekwondo members, joining the team just in September were just as keen to compete. OrgilThompson and Desmond Pitt put on an impressive performance for the short time they had been training, with Desmond landing a bronze in his first ever competition. Goldsmiths Taekwondo returning students also left strong impressions on the judges and their opponents. Greer Aylece, training since last year, won all her fights, earning herself a well-deserved gold medal. The opposition was tough, but Greer held her own through the first two fights, and finishing the last match with an eight point difference.
The fourth medalist was Brad Charalambous new to the Goldsmiths Taekwondo team. Competing in B-class, Brad stood his ground, landing some excellent kicks; unluckily it wasn’t enough to get him into the final, and he brought home a bronze medal. Akram Hossain, a returning member from last year, put on a good fight, with superb footwork and distancing, however his opponent landed one too many head shots, leading to Akramtaking home a bronze. Our second gold medalist was Joanna Holmgren, a fighter who only started taekwondo a year ago, came back strong and swiftly won her fight with a 12-point advantage, ending the match early just as the second round started. Lastly, second Dan black-belt Georgina Ingram, Goldsmiths Taekwondo captain fought in A-class. With her quick foot work and accurate kicks, she ended the fight only half way in with a 12-point advantage bringing the Goldsmiths tally of 7 medals in total.
As well as competitive sparring, Goldsmiths Taekwondo competes in traditional aspects of Taekwondo. Student Asmana Matraimova and alumni student Bianca Porcucompeted in the British National Poomsae Championships in Nottingham on the same day. After both Bianca and Asmana performed outstanding patterns for a panel of judges, Bianca took home a bronze medal, and Asmana a gold. It was an incredibly successful day for the team, and are now preparing for the next sparring competition at the end of November hosted by Imperial College and traditional poomsae competition in January.