TNZ’s second Junior Kyorugi Development Seminar of the year was held in Auckland over the weekend of March 3rd and 4th. In attendance were the TNZ National Head Team Coach Grandmaster Oh, the TNZ National Junior World Championships Team coaching staff, including the National Team Doctor Bren Dorman, and former New Zealand and Samoan National Coach, Master Kesi O’Neill. The seminar weekend also included a TNZ Referee Refresher Course run by two of TNZ’s WTF International Referee’s Mike Burk and Garry Carpenter.
The athletes began the weekend on the Saturday with an intense fitness and motivation session. After breaking for lunch, the focus changed to tactics. Master Kesi O’Neill assisted TNZ Junior Female Team Coach Gina Guo with driIls and techniques focusing on a number of vital tactics and scenarios for the upcoming Junior World Championships. This was of further benefit to those young athletes in attendance who took the opportunity to train alongside the national junior representative team under internationally experienced coaches. The National Team Doctor Bren Dorman also checked the athletes weights and body compositions, and gave further individual advice on their diet and preparation.
While the athletes trained, a selection of TNZ referees attended a refresher course which included full use of the Daedo electronic body pad (EBP) scoring system. This was followed by a simulated competition session where the referees took the athletes through full competition scenarios using the Daedo EBP’s, (which will also be in use at the TNZ Open this month and at the Junior World Championships and London Olympics).
Sunday kicked off with Coach Gina Guo continuing work on in-ring tactics. The athletes also sparred using the techniques they had been instructed on over the weekend and the difference was remarkable. Though tired and sore, the athletes were able to see the possibilities for scoring clearly and reacting quickly. Of added value was having Grandmaster Oh attend as he had just returned from the US Open after coaching Vaughn Scott to winning the Bronze in a division that was heavily contested by current Olympians. It was great for our junior athletes having Grandmaster Oh there to pass on his first-hand experience and competition notes from our participation at the US Open last month. Our junior athletes received valuable tips and up to date pointers from Grandmaster Oh. The Sunday session finished with a presentation of the national junior representative team’s uniforms and sparring gear for the Junior World Championship.
More seminars throughout the country are planned for this year. They include Poomsae players and judging, more Kyorugi player sessions and Kyorugi Referees certification courses. Keep an eye in the TNZ website for updates.