Some 1,500 taekwondo jins from over 50 teams return to action as the 2022 Smart/MVP Sports Foundation National Taekwondo Poomsae Championships kick off its first face-to-face competition after two years this weekend (July 16 and 17) at the Ayala Malls, Manila Bay.
Taekwondo Philippines announced that only fully-vaccinated players are allowed to participate in the competition set to start at 9 a.m.
Martial arts enthusiasts and sports aficionados, especially children who are interested in the sport, are invited to watch.
Poomsae (forms) is attack and defense techniques against imaginary opponents. It is a way of understanding and practicing every aspect of the martial art, basic technique, breathing control, balance, coordination and concentration.
The mind and body can work together in striving for perfection of technique that can never be achieved. Taekwondo is meaningless without poomsae.
Participants are expected to come from Regions, 1,2, 3, 4, 4A, 4b, 6A, 6B, 7, 8A, 10A, BARMM, CAR, as well as NCR.
Competition is open in four events namely individual, pair, team and free style for colored and blackbelts.
Early registrants are top poomsae squads from Far Eastern University, Ateneo, Xavier School, Meta Gym, Superbodies, UP Diliman, St. Paul of Paranaque, DPS and PNP.
The event is supported by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee and MILO.