Jeegoo Brooklodge 2015
he Brooklodge Taekwon-Do Club held their Friendly Tournament in the Little Island Sports Complex on Saturday the 28th of April.
This tournament, an annual friendly event, was run by Father and daughter team - Alan Troy and Amy-Jane Troy, instructors at the Brooklodge Taekwon- Do club based in Glanmire. The Brooklodge club, members of the Irish National Taekwon-Do Association and affiliated to the International Taekwon-Do Federation open this competition to all clubs as a means to promote Taekwon-Do in Cork and throughout the rest of the country.
This year the tournament saw instructors and students from all over the country take part. Locally, clubs from a variety of Taekwon-Do associations including Farranree and Rathpeacon clubs, under the instruction of Mr Alan Walsh (IUTF), Passage West run by Master Paul Delea and Turners Cross Taekwon-Do Academy owned by Mr Ken Leahy (ITA), and a number of clubs from the INTA including Rathcormac (Mr Tony MacDonagh), Trabeg (Mr Denis Gannon), Togher and Great Island Taekwon-Do Clubs (Mr Wayne Delea). Further afield saw Master Franks and Waterford ITF, Portarlington (Mr Nigel Stobie), Naas (Mr Jeroen Wezelman), Kildare (Mr John Ng) and MDTS (Master Val Douglas) all travel to attend the event.
Special VIP guests on the day were Master Brendan O'Toole (president of the INTA), Master Val Douglas (vice – president of the INTA) and Mr Liam Carberry (treasurer).
The tournament started at 10am with and medal awarding to all those 12 and under who had registered for the competition. This was followed by the Special Technique categories which saw students take part in the overhead kick. This technique requires students to perform a flying kick a number of feet over head height while hitting with a specific part of the foot. The four rings then catered for colour belt patterns.
Students contested against their own grades and ages in an attempt to reach the top three positions.
The final sections of the day focused on sparring. In accordance with ITF rules, all participants wore hand and foot pads, shin guards/groin guards, helmets and gum shields.
Alan and Amy-Jane would like to thank their organising committee, Mr Michael O'Keeffe, Mr Keith Ryan and Ms Carmel Barrett for their help with the event, all of the umpires who enabled the day to run smoothly and efficiently and the staff of the Little Island Sports Complex.