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The BTCB held its 2012 National Poomsae championships on the weekend of the 4th and 5th of February. This was to be the largest and most successful Poomsae event in this country .With a record number of entry’s and the biggest Kup division to date the action started on the Saturday with the Dan grade divisions and the Sunday with Kup grade divisions. The forecast for wintery weather and a downfall of snow on the Saturday night did not spoil the weekend’s action with only a few competitors unable to make it on the Sunday.

This year’s competition was extra special with the inclusion of the new WTF Poomsae rules and regulations and also for the first time at the Nationals the new electronic scoring system adding a new and exciting way of scoring and instant publication of scores on a projected screen in the hall instantly ranking competitors and making it more competitive and enjoyable for the spectators. Also for the first time freestyle poomsae under the new WTF rules was included this also was a main attraction of the weekend.

The action started promptly on the Saturday morning with the more senior grades competing first, and with fine performances from a bigger over 60s group Grand Master Shin retained his title as National Champion with newcomer Mike Pejic obtaining silver and Peter Cliffe Bronze .Then in the aged 49 + group Master Bailey from central took gold closely followed by Ali Pourtaheri in silver medal position.

Full results will be publicised on the BTCB website soon. The action continued throughout the day with fine performances from both new and up-and-coming players to National team members contesting for National team places. BTCB chairman Adrian Tranter was guest of Honour and presented all the Trophy’s and awards over the weekend to both Dan grades and Kup grades. A special presentation to Grand Master T W Shin as well , and GB Player of the year was announced Susan Parkins who is currently ranked 7th in the Worlds after Competing in Russia , National Champion and Bronze Medallist in the European championships in Italy and five gold medals in numerous International tournaments ! BTCB Chairman Master Adrian Tranter made this comment about the weekend’s proceedings

“This year’s National Poomsae Championships have been a tremendous success. To see the increase in quality across all the categories as well as the increase in the numbers of members competing is real testament to the hard work & effort being put in by Derek Sumner & his staff. There are more & more clubs now taking an enthusiastic part in Poomsae competitions, so well done to all of our coaches & instructors whose dedication is providing the environment and inspiration to their members.”

Also the BTCB Technical and Grading Officer Master Ian Lennox also had this to say about the weekend’s competition

“I was really pleased to see so many at this year’s National Poomsae Championships. Its particularly encouraging to see so many Cadet & Juniors now taking the time & effort to practice our art to such a high standard, it all bodes well for the future. There was definitely a hunger for self improvement by everyone who took part, that’s so important. I would like to thank everyone involved in the two days of competition, it was a pleasure to be involved, the coaches & instructors all enjoyed themselves & the crowd played their part too, it was great.”

Also Grand Master Shin was very pleased with the weekend’s competition and turnout for the weekend the Standard was very good, and just a few problems with the new scoring system and marking of presentation scoring that will be rectified for next year’s National championships.

On the Sunday the action continued with a very large Kup grade section, this was fine testament to the growth of WTF Poomsae in the country and Master Derek Sumner UK Poomsae Chairman and National Cadet Coach was extremely pleased with the increase in participation at this year’s Nationals. The electronic scoring was used on the Sunday session as well and proved to be very effective and increased the spectator enjoyment for the day. The inclusion of freestyle Poomsae for the first time as a recognised category was also a highlight on Sunday with excellent performances with some spectacular routines, this will increase the participation in next year’s championships and expect a great more entry’s in the Freestyle division.

This was the best Nationals to date and excellent performances throughout the weekend continued with new and up and coming talent shining through. UK Poomsae National coach Master Gemma Biescas and Master Derek Sumner were busy throughout the weekend assisted by team manager Odette Stringwell making sure the competition was running smoothly and observing prospective talent for a new National team selection for 2012. National Judging Coordinator Grand Master T W Shin also did a fine job of keeping the standard of the refereeing at top class throughout the weekend.

Overall this was the best Nationals to date a great achievement by UK Poomsae competition organisers Master Derek Sumner and Master Gemma Biescas along with Mrs Oddette Stringwell , the committee would like to thank all the Officials and helpers for making this such a successful event !