Mega Martial Arts Championship Coming to the Peg
Thursday, 30 October 2008 08:32
Written by Amie Lesyk
This is the fourth largest taekwondo championship in the world and to compete at this level has taken some hard work. Juniors have had to be ranked in the top four nationally and seniors have had to be in the top four in point standings nationally.
“They’ve been working three or four years in order to get their points up,” Kate Nosworthy says about senior competitors. Nosworthy, apart from doing communications for the event, also has students competing in the championships.
She says competing at this level is a huge commitment and most of her students have been training at least two hours a day, five days a week for two years to get to this point.
Taekwondo is a well-known Korean martial art with a long history that is meant to train both the body and mind. The art is highly physical including punches, jabs, chops, block and also a heavy amount of foot and kicking skills.
But taekwondo is also about unity of the mind, body and soul with the notion that one cannot entirely defeat an enemy until they achieve unity and it’s often said that taekwondo is a way of life.
Be sure to check out Niverville’s Kelsey Wiebe as she defends her 2006 senior women’s championship title and several Olympic athletes, fresh from Beijing, who will be competing. Juniors will be on the mat Saturday with seniors competing on Sunday.
Not only is this a chance to check out some high-caliber talent, but it’s also the first commonwealth event to be held in Manitoba, according to Nosworthy. With the help of proximity, this championship will see the most Manitoban competitors ever at an international taekwondo event.
Check out http://www.2008commonwealthtaekwondo.com