REPORT – Mayor Cup Open Poomsae Championships 2018

Harrogate K R ALI Taekwondo Academy held the 2nd Mayor Cup Poomsae Championships on March 3rd, 2018 at the Rossett sports centre in Harrogate.

K R ALI Taekwondo Academy is now celebrating the success of its second major taekwondo competition within the UK, which saw competitors from all over the UK and from six different countries come to Harrogate to compete in the event. Despite the harsh weather conditions around 300 competitors attended to compete in the discipline of Taekwondo poomsae.

The event was also once again attended by the Mayor of Harrogate Anne Jones who Also went on to give a speech sharing her love and appreciation for taekwondo. The Mayor was also around to watch the para and Freestyle poomsae categories. Attendees of the competition also got to watch a taekwondo demonstration provided by the KTA Silver Taekwondo team from South Korea; the demonstration featured several patterns and impressive breaking skills performed by Silver Taekwondo’s demonstration team of senior athletes ages 50+.


Team K R ALI Taekwondo also won 1st place in the competition team performance and won a trophy in recognition. In response to the Mayor Cup, Master Ali had this to say:

“Ultimately the second Mayor Cup Poomsae championships have been an incredible and memorable success, it took a lot of preparation, but in the end, it was all worth it for such an amazing day. I would like to thank all our volunteers for helping to run the event. I would also like to thank master Jung il Lee for training and bringing over the Silver taekwondo demonstration team to display their skills even as senior athletes, Mayor Anne Jones for once again supporting this event. Thank you to Master Mark and his team from Nottingham taekwondo academy for providing, running and maintaining the electronic scoring system we were using for the event.”

“I would also like to thank all the clubs, athletes and spectators who came to participate or witness the event, especially with the weather conditions. So many people have come together to make this day amazing and memorable. All the hard work that has gone into this event has paid off, and we are now eagerly waiting for next year in the hope of repeating the same spectacle.”

Special thanks to British Taekwondo judging director GM TW Shin and his team for supporting of 2nd Mayor Cup Open and many thank to our sponsors; The Crown Hotel, Cairn Hotel, Eagle-Eye- photography, MSF accounting company, Sonoband Korea, Minuteman Press Reading, Volunteers, parents and Team Harrogate KTA