2017 ITF of BC Provincial Taekwon-do Championships
Taekwon-Do students from all ages and all level of skills vied for gold in various events such as Sparring, Patterns, Power and Specialty breaking. Especially exciting and heartwarming was the introduction of the Special Needs Division–a division specially designed for Taekwon-Do students with physical and/or mental disabilities. This division was championed by Mr. Andaya to promote a fair playing field for athletes limited by their conditions, thereby following General Choi, founder of Taekwon-do’s philosophy of teaching anyone willing to learn.
The day started with a presentation by Darryl, a Black Stripe belt showing his various Taekwon-do skills including Patterns, Applications, Fundamental exercises and Powerbreaking. He also showed great flexibility by ending his demo with a full split. Darryl is a student with Special Needs, who after 9 years, is about to receive his Black Belt in Taekwon-do.
It was a very successful competition by all accounts judging by the praises received after the tournament. Mr. Andaya would like to thank all the sponsors ViaSport, Bushido and Richmond Hosting, and most especially all the Umpires, Officials and other volunteers who provided their services for the competition. These people came to the tournament expecting nothing in return yet provided everything they could for the sport we all love.
DSA Taekwon-do, Mr. Andaya’s school is at 4600 Imperial St. in Burnaby. For inquiries or sponsorship, please contact Mr. Andaya at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to their website at Dsataekwondo.com. (Contact: Darius Andaya, 604-355-0372 , email@example.com)