(Littleton, CO) – Littleton Taekwondo and Master Marcus Santos hosted the 2013 Colorado Cup Taekwondo championships on November 16th at the Sheridan Rec Center. More than 150 athletes from over twenty schools faced off in the forms, breaking, and Olympic sparring events. Athletes came from Colorado, Texas, and New Mexico. The event had the support of the Colorado State Taekwondo Association as well as Daedo Truescore.
Great care was taken to make sure athletes had a worthwhile competitive experience. This included everyone doing multiple forms as well as three rounds of sparring per match for all participants.
The tournament featured competitors of all levels, from white belt beginners up to a US Collegiate National Team member.
Master Santos awarded team trophies to the top schools who had the most participants and earned the most medals. The first place cup went to Champion Taekwondo Academy (CTA). The second place cup went to Eagle Spirit Academy (ESA) while third place honors went to Master Yosvany Taekwondo Academy (MYT).
The sparring featured Daedo Electronic Chest Protectors, which automatically sense kicking force and send a signal to the scoreboard. Students were able to spar in their divisions, and many were also able to spar extra demo matches afterwards.
After the tournament Master Santos said: “Great tournament today! Thank you masters, coaches, referees, volunteers and participants, hope to see you all again next year!”
The next tournament up on the schedule is the COSTA Forms Championships on December 7th. The proceeds from this event will benefit the Colorado State Team at the US Open in Feb, 2014.