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(FT Collins, CO) Colorado State University Taekwondo hosted the Rocky Mountain Collegiate Taekwondo League Spring Tournament, on April 12th. Many schools participated in this tournament including Metropolitan State University of Denver (Auraria Campus Taekwondo) , University of Colorado Taekwondo, University of Northern Colorado and CU Denver, the Community College of Aurora, and Capella University. Competitors faced off against each other in sparring and poomsae (forms). It was a very intense tournament. Each college remained competitive the entire tournament, with CSU hanging tough with ACT throughout. “I think it was great for CSU to host a tournament. It was definitely the most competitive tournament we’ve had in our league history. Overall I think a lot of people became stronger martial artists and made a lot of friends,” said Master Bill Pottle, coach of CCA and ACT.
Many competitors from Metro did very well in their divisions. 11 students from Metro placed first in their divisions. Ivy Yang (ACT) took home a gold medal for poomsae. “It was a little nerve racking for me since I had to compete by myself first in front of everyone, but overall it was fun. It was nice to know what it’s like to not be fully prepared, but then have everything turn out just fine,” said Ivy Yang. Ahmed Alsubaihawi, Steven Campbell, Brittany Trammel, Christian Jefferies and Howe Qiu all took first place in sparring.
There were many very entertaining matches at the tournament. Steven Campbell of Metro had some very good matches, as well as Ahmed Alsubaihawi (ACT). Alsubaihawi continued his unbeaten streak, having never lost in RMCTL competition. They were very dominant in their matches. The most intense match of the tournament was between Sir Salonis (Capella) and Master Sean Jung (UCD) in the Men’s A Team Welterweight division. It was a very close match. The score was close throughout all three rounds. Both competitors fought very well, as the winner of the match won by a very small margin of 1 point. Sir Salonis had gained the lead early in the first round and maintained it through some of the second, but Sean Jung’s relentlessness overwhelmed Salonis as Jung took the lead in the third and last round. The final score was 7 to 6 for Jung. “It was fun. It was one of the most entertaining tournaments I’ve been to. There were a lot of rivalries, but a lot of friendships as well. It wasn’t too big, but it was a good tournament,” said Christian Jeffries.
Master Cameron Weber (CSU) showed why he deserved to be league MVP, winning 2nd in forms and completing his collegiate RMCTL career without a loss in sparring. He joined fellow CSU student Brittany Hayward, who took MVP honors for the female division. Master Weber had an exciting announcement for the crowd – after graduation he is opening up KC Taekwondo, which will serve students in Parker, CO.
This year’s Rocky Mountain Collegiate Taekwondo League Spring Tournament was very exciting, with many dazzling kicks and strong punches. The league board will meet over the summer to formalize certain competition aspects as well as talk about expanding to other states in the Rocky Mountain region. The meeting will be on July 13th at the Korean Academy of Taekwondo, if other schools are interested in attending. It will definitely be something to remember.
An error in CSU’s spreadsheet caused some confusion over the official results, but it was worked out over the next few days. You can see the official results here.
Final Team Standings
1. ACT – 179
2. CSU -167
3. UNC – 29
4. CCA -25
5. CU Boulder -16
6. Capella University -11
The overall standings for the league year were 1. ACT, 2. CSU, 3. CU Boulder, 4 UNC, 5. CCA, 6. Capella. These were made by adding the spring points with the points from the Fall RMCTL Championships.