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The TKC Seraphim (the name of our demonstration team) and Master and Instructors competed at the 2015 U.S. Open Taekwondo Hanmadang (June 19-20th, 2015), one of the biggest Taekwondo tournament in the nation. Athletes from 40 different states, and 10 different countries came to the World Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado to compete with one another. From this competition, we brought back some great news!
The U.S. Open being one of the biggest tournaments in the States, it has a lot of different events that a martial artist can compete in, such as Individual Traditional Form, Archery, Individual Jumping High Kick, Team Creative Form with Weapon, Championship Team Demonstration, and many more. In individual events such as Individual Traditional Form, Individual Jumping High Kick, Individual Spinning Hook Kick, and Individual Skipping Side Kick, our Taekwondo school's students, Instructors, and Masters were able to get many first, second, and third places.
Now, this tournament is known for its Championship Team Demonstration (CTD) event. CTD is a very unique event that only big tournaments have. In CTD, a team (a group of 5 to 40) is given about 5 minutes (at the U.S. Open, it was 7 minutes), and in that time, the team can perform whatever they want to with their choice of background music. Usually teams perform anything from board breaking to choreographed, synchronized movements. Participants call this event the "flower" of the tournament since it involves the most people, practice, and preparation, and the entire arena stops to watch this competition. With our performance, the TKC Seraphim was able to get 3rd place! Our hard work paid off.