Assam: 1st All Assam Inter-School Taekwondo Championship held in Guwahati

Assam: Guwahati’s 1st All Assam Inter-School Taekwondo Championship

Guwahati: Kamrup Metro District Taekwondo Association and Modern English School in Guwahati’s Kahilipara jointly organized the 1st All Assam Inter-School Taekwondo Championship 2022 for different ages starting from 8 to 17 years students. 

This three-day event began on Wednesday, July 6, 2022 and will end Friday, July 8. 2022. 

Over 600 people from across Assam participated in the event at Kahilipara’s Modern English School. 

Based on age group of Kyorugi or Poomsae Taekwondo champion, there were four major divisions: below 8 years (7 to 5) and Sub-Junior (11 to 14 years), Cadet (12-14 year) and Junior (15-17 year Boys and Girls). 

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Speaking about the championship and its benefit, Jonali Das, Principal of Modern English School said, “Taekwondo is a combat sport with thousand-year-old history across the globe. The sport helps to develop students’ mental and physical skills and also improves their overall health. Taekwondo’s most popular styles require intense training and focus. This helps students to align their mind with their bodies, and improve their movement and reflexes. 

She added, “It has greater relevance in today’s time, especially when students deal with stress and anxiety. As it gives students more stability, they are more likely to engage in sports. It allows them time to relax, gain mental and physical stability, as well as allowing them the opportunity to be reenergized. Also, sports like Taekwondo help inculcate humbling nature in the students.”

Hiranya Saikia, General Secretary of All Assam Taekwondo Association said, “We are thrilled to observe the active participation and interest of the students toward Taekwondo. Competitors like this encourage defensive skill development. Taekwondo takes intense training and deep focus. It also requires dedication and commitment to attain different levels, which in turn builds strength and self-confidence. 

He said that schoolgirls must also learn mental and physical defense skills in order to defend themselves from any type of intrusion or attack.

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Ali Ahmed Zafri, General Secretary of Kamrup Metro District Taekwando Association and International Referee Black Belt 5th Dan, said, “The event will raise awareness among children about sports, physical health, and fitness.”

He added that besides fitness, it will also showcase how sports lift one’s emotional health and add discipline to their life. 

The international referee added, “We are thrilled to witness the growing interest of students in Taekwondo. Given this year’s response, we are keen on organising more such competitions for school students of different age groups, encouraging them to make sports an integral part of their lives.”