02 December 2013
RMIT WTF Taekwondo Club attends Haidong Gumdo National Championships
The RMIT WTF Taekwondo Club members
After months of training and preparation, on 19 and 20 October 2013, four RMIT WTF Taekwondo Club members took part in the Haidong Gumdo Australia Championship in Queensland among five hundred competitors from around Australia.
Haidong Gumdo, a Korean sword-based martial art, was introduced to the RMIT WTF Taekwondo Club by the club’s president Kevin Lo in 2011. The aim was to diversify the curriculum of the club and to attract those who would like to practice weapon-based martial arts. Since the introduction of Haidong Gumdo into the club’s curriculum, it has been well-received. It also has given all members the rare opportunity to train two elite Korean martial arts within one club.
The team amassed a total of 10 medals – two gold, three silver and five bronze. This is almost half of the state tally of 22 medals.
Filled with enthusiasm and competitive spirit, two members were competing for the first time in any martial arts competition. Overcoming the odds, Owen Jin beat a fellow Victorian who had over 20 years of martial arts experience, while Christine Ooi beat a competitor who was ranked two levels higher than her in the final. Both Owen and Christine came home with gold medals in sparring.
Both first timers continued with their outstanding performance in pattern and paper cutting competitions where they received silver and bronze respectively.
With international and two times national competition experience, the club’s committee executive members Kevin Lo and Xi Zhou (Cici) received bronze and silver in their division for paper cutting, bamboo cutting and pattern.
It was an exciting experience for the entire team who are now looking forward to the next year's national championship.
RMIT WTF Taekwondo Club trains Haidong Gumdo under the guidance of Kevin Lo, who currently holds a black belt third Dan instructor level. Kevin is also a qualified Australia’s national referee under the World Haidong Gumdo Federation.
The Haidong Gumdo training is held in the first week of the month at Virtus Fitness, Level 1, 198 La Trobe Street, Melbourne.
RMIT WTF Taekwondo trains Taekwondo every Tuesday and Thursday on RMIT’s City campus.