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Prof. Chang Ung
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Pan-Am Taekwon-do Championships 2011 hosted in St Georges, Grenada, 9th - 12th Jun 2011
27th Jun 2011   11:52
In June, the beautiful ‘spice island’ of Grenada had the opportunity to host the X Pan-Am Championships. The invitation from the Pan-Am Council to host this event was received with delight.

It was fantastic that the Caribbean and particularly Grenada, should be given such an opportunity. Support was obtained from the Grenada Ministry of Sport who ensured that the Youth and Sports Development Centre in Grand Anse, St Georges, was completed following the devastation that it suffered during Hurricane Ivan a number of years ago.

Argentina, Venezuela, Columbia, Honduras, Barbados and Peru all arrived in varying numbers to participate and support the event, as well visiting dignitaries from the UK. Grenadian students also travelled from different parts of the island to come to St Georges.

Unfortunately The Puyehue-Cordon Caulle volcano started spewing ash into the atmosphere from a volcanic eruption in southern Chile which disrupted several flights and as a result some countries had to pull out at the last minute.
Kick starting the four days of seminar and competition, Grand Master Adolfo Villanueva from Argentina supported by Senior Master Osvaldo Rios Olivero also from Argentina and Master Enrique Deacon from Peru conducted a self defence workshop/ seminar for the early arrivals, this was after Mr Junior Alleyne had warmed up the Caribbean teams and enthusiastic overseas visitors in an earlier one an a half hour session. The children were invited to participate with the Grand Master Villanueva with sparring and self defence through games but still maintaining the true essence of Taekwon-do.
More self defence was practised on Friday June 10th from the Grand Master in the morning followed with a technical patterns seminar by Senior Master Olivero in the afternoon. And a recap of any additional rules that had been agreed in Belarus.

The weather of the day of the competition was hot and the crowds came in to spectate and cool down. Local television and radio attended and filmed the competition which started on Saturday morning with patterns with the children and lower grades, moving through to senior grades later in the morning, followed by sparring. The team patterns ended the day.

The competition was briefly interrupted for the welcoming ceremony with drummers and local dancers quite literally drumming up the crowd with their infectious music rhythm and party atmosphere. It wasn’t long before competitors, instructors and Masters joined in with dancing and tumbling on the mats and joining in on the spare drums.

The overall position resulted with the top four places going to Argentina, Peru, Venezuela and Grenada. At the congress at the end of the competition Grand Master Villanueva expressed his gratitude to all those attended this event and as members of the executives committee of the I.T.F for promoting Taekwon-Do to the world.

With the day running smoothly the competition finished late with everyone receiving their medals the same day – this gave everyone free time to relax on the beach on the Sunday.

To end on a high note, the Championships were a triumphant, happy and pleasurable event, which is surely what the very essence of bringing together Taekwon-do practitioners from other countries should be about.
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