Hills District Martial Arts: Taekwondo, Haidong Gumdo & Hapkido

Tournaments - 2017

2017 un yong kim cup korea

 

Several of our players attended the Kimunyong Cup in Korea to represent HDMA and Australia. The Kimunyong Cup is a G1 Level event held in Korea and a high quality competition with competitors from all around the world.

Josh, Jenina, Kane and Juliet all travelled with their families and Master Sam to Korea after some arduous preparation. The competition was difficult, but rewarding for our players.

Juliet and Kane came up against players from Thailand and Korea respectively; two very strong international teams. Both competed fiercley but were unfortunately unable to progress. Jenina fought hard against China in her first fight and won, moving into the next round. There she came up against Korea and bowed out after a great performance. Josh progressed through the rounds with a convincing win against Russia to proceed to the finals, earning a Silver against Korea.

All in all our competitors had a great time and learned more lessons and techniques to add to their growing arsenal. We're very proud of our team, well done guys!

 


 

2017 oceania mulimpia and gumdo nationals

 

Over the weekend 6 of our Haidong Gumdo members travelled to Brisbane to represent NSW and HDMA at the 2017 Oceania Mulimpia. This is also the National Championships for Haidong Gumdo and the benchmark event for Haidong Gumdo Australia.

The team dominated their divisions with convincing podium finishes earning a total of 11 Gold, 6 Silver and 3 Bronze. That's 20 medals from 6 players!

The competition lasted 2 days and covered a multitude of events in both Gumdo and Taekwondo. Well done to the team for representing yourselves and the club so well!


 

2017 Australian national championships

 

Three of our athletes represented our Sparring Squad at the 2017 Australian National Championships in Bendigo, Victoria. Kane Belcastro, Joshua Lui and Jenina Lui fought hard while representing both our club and state against players from all around Australia.

Jenina showed great improvement in her style and tenacity, going down in the final round of the Quarter Final by one point, narrowly missing out on the Bronze Medal.

Joshua likewise has been improving in every performance and put it all on the line, putting up a great fight before going down in the final round of his match.

Kane Belcastro fought well and even produced a dominant performance against one opponent to win by 20 point gap. Kane earned a Bronze Medal in the Semi-Final round.

The trip was one full of education and experience for our players, who will be putting that important knowledge to good use in their upcoming international competition in Korea! Well done to the team and to Miss Yokk for her weekend of coaching and refereeing!


 

2017 NSW All Schools Championships



A huge effort from our team this weekend at the 2017 All Schools Competition! Everyone put in a great performance to represent not only their club, but their school. All of our members fought hard and did their best. The final tally was 8 Gold, 4 Silver and 3 Bronze!

Gold

  • Antonia Lahood
  • Ella Appleroth
  • Chase Appleroth
  • Michael Nader
  • Breanne Nader
  • Tanois Kazzi
  • Diego Stratton
  • Isaac Borkowski

Silver

  • Ria Singh
  • Chelsie Nader
  • Gerry Lahood
  • Amelia Kazzi

Bronze

  • Mathew Nader
  • Charbel Kazzi
  • Ethan Du

HDMA would like to give a huge thank you to all the parents and supporters for assisting on the day, especially Juliet Lahood and Kane Belcastro for coaching, Solomon Foo and Jutta Giggenbach for refereeing, Gemma Lahood for Marshalling, and Grace and Da Belcastro for assisting on the scoring system.


2017 Sydney Taekwondo Championships



Awesome job to the Sparring and Poomsae Squads for their efforts at the Sydney Taekwondo Championships! The competition was held at the Blacktown Leisure Center and gave us a grat opportunity to compete close to home! The team consisted of 6 Sparrers and 7 Poomsaers, and all put their best foot forward, with a total of 12 Gold, 6 Silver and 2 Bronze.
Poomsae Team:

  • Justin Paterson - Gold
  • Noah Grofski - Gold
  • Nick Jones - Gold
  • Jenina Lui - Gold
  • Joshua Lui - Gold
  • Chantelle Choi - Gold
  • Joel Holik - Silver
  • Justin/Nick/Noah Team - Gold
  • Chantelle/Nick Pairs - Gold
  • Jenina/Josh Family - Silver

Sparring Team:

  • Kane - Gold
  • Sophia - Silver
  • Pheonix - Silver
  • Levi - Silver
  • Jenina - Bronze
  • Josh - Bronze

Also a mention to our referees Miss Yokk, Noah, Solomon and Jutta for putting in a great day and helping to run a smooth competition!


2017 forster invitational



Over the weekend HDMA continued our ritual of travelling up the coast for the weekend to the Forster Invitational Championships! HDMA has been participating in this event for over 11 years and continues to support the family friendly event with a full team!

For the first time this year we had an international team in attendance from New Zealand, coached by former Olympic and World Championship coach Master Kesi O'Neill.

While the team this year was slightly smaller than usual, it didn't deter our members from bringing home a sizable medal count. The final tally was 21 Gold and 8 Silver. A huge congratulations to our trophy recipients Daniel Monteiro (Best Junior Fighter) and Emily Seow and Isaac Borkowski (Rising Star Awards).

We are also very proud of our senior members who spent time throughout the day being great role models for the junior members, assisting in Warm Ups, Refereeing, Judging, Assisting and running the competition. We couldn't have done it without you!


 

2017 Gold Coast open



Over the weekend, Master Sam accompanied our team of competitors to the Gold Coast to participate in the 2017 Gold Coast Open Taekwondo Championships. The competition was contested over two days and involved events from both Sparring and Poomsae.

On Saturday, Jenina and Josh competed early in Poomsae to achieve a Gold and Silver respectively. The day continued with Kane moving through to the finals with a convincing knock-out and fighting hard to secure the Silver. Justin Harvey contested two divisions coming away with a Silver in each. The day ended with Josh continuing his efforts and earning a Bronze.



Sunday saw both Juliet and Jenina continuing their first years in the Junior Division having moved up from Cadets. Juliet faced a bigger opponent and secured the Gold, and Jenina proceeded through the preliminaries into the final to a hard fought Silver.

In total the 5 players earned 2 Gold, 5 Silver and 1 Bronze. Great job guys!


NSW Hanmadang



Over the weekend, members from the Competition and Development Poomsae Teams had the opportunity to attend the 2017 NSW Hanmadang. This competition was a great opportunity to get some experience competing against athletes from all over Australia in technical events.

Our athletes showed great improvement through their training in 2017 and brought home some fantastic results:

GOLD - Jenina Lui, Chantelle Choi, Luca Burgio

SILVER - Noah Grofski, Emily Seow

BRONZE - Nick Jones, Joshua Lui, Isaac Borkowski

All athletes are now looking forward to their next competition! Well done team!


ASMA and Moomba

 



Well done to the members who competed at the ASMA Autumn Open and Victoria Moomba Open over the weekend!

Jenina Lui (Gold), Nick Jones (Silver), Josh Lui (Gold) and Noah Grofski (Gold) gave strong performances on the court taking all the top medals in their divisions.

Grant Carved earned a Gold in the Junior Division, as well as fighting up in the Senior Category for a second Gold! Kane won a hard fought match in the Cadet division to earn a Bronze!

We look forward to more great results through the year for both the Sparring and Poomsae Teams!

 


Port stephens championship

 



A small team of our Sparring Squad members attended the Port Stephens Competition over the weekend. As the first competition of the year it was important to knock out the cobb webs and get back on the mat to prepare for a successful year ahead. This was our teams first experience with the newly introduced rule changes for 2017 which vastly changes the game.

Levi Morrison met with a tough fighter early on and put up a good fight, kicking until the very last second, unforunately not progressing further. He came out smiling and ready and asking for feedback, and you can't ask for more than that after a loss! Great attitude!

Pheonix Morrison was up next with two different divisions. He showed great improvement in his fights, earning a Silver and a Bronze. Pheonix showed new skills in his fights, which is good to see!

Sophia Bazina also fought in two divisions in her first competition as a Cadet (head shots). She overwhelmed her opponent in the first fight with a combination of body and head shots. Her second division proved to be tough, and she showed a new found passion to push through, even scoring a head shot on a much taller opponent! Sophia came away with a Gold and a Silver.

Kane Belcastro was relaxed as always heading out onto the mat, but proceeded to fight with controlled passion to remain in charge of the match throughout, winning by 20 point gap at the end of the second round. Despite remaining ahead, Kane never became complacent and used every tool in his arsenal to earn his Gold.

Justin Harvey fought in both his Red Belt division and the higher Black Belt divsion for extra competition. He presented himself well in both fights, remaining calm and collected, hunting for points with new tools he has never used before to earn his Bronze and Silver Medals.

Josh Lui headed into the finals of his division more confident than previous fights, and despite receiving an injury, battled through to the end showing a great attitude. His efforts brought him a well deserved Silver.

Melinda Cook returned to the court after a long absence for her first fight in a long time. In a very close match, she showed a diverse set of skills in looking for points at every opportunity. The fight went through to Sudden Death and her opponent managed to register a point first. Melinda earned her Silver Medal in her return and lef the court smiling!

Jenina Lui was the final fight of the day, stepping up in age, experience, height and belt. She went out and laid it all on the mat, showing why the underdog should never be taken lightly. Despite losing the match, she pushed her limits beyond her current skills and came out of the match stronger and one Silver Medal heavier!

All players left the competition with no regrets over their performances and well prepared for the year ahead!

 

Three of our athletes represented ourSparring Squad at the 2017 Australian National Championships in Bendigo, Victoria. Kane Belcastro, Joshua Lui and Jenina Lui fought hard while representing both our club and state against players from all around Australia.

Jenina showed great improvement in her style and tenacity, going down in the final round of the Quarter Final by one point, narrowly missing out on the Bronze Medal.

Joshua likewise has been improving in every performance and put it all on the line, putting up a great fight before going down in the final round of his match.

Kane Belcastro fought well and even produced a dominant performance against one opponent to win by 20 point gap. Kane earned a Bronze Medal in the Semi-Final round.

The trip was one full of education and experience for our players, who will be putting that important knowledge to good use in their upcoming international competition in Korea! Well done to the team and to Miss Yokk for her weekend of coaching and refereeing!

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