Word of the Week: Poomsae
Some of you may know that one of our owners here at Lake Rudolph Campground & RV Resort is Philip Koch. Our other owners are Kristi and Jim George. Kristi just happens to be Philip’s sister. 🙂
We wanted to share the great news that Kristi has been selected for the U.S. National Taekwondo Poomsae Team!
Kristi started Taekwondo back when she was 17. She competed in sparring for years. Won the USAT sparring national championships in 1990 and 1991. Won the collegiate nationals twice. Got bronze at the world collegiate taekwondo championships! Competed at World Games and Pan Am Championships! Kristi stopped competing when she got married, started having children and working a full time job. Then two of her three kiddos started the sport and she started back as well (after 17 years). And after 17 years it must be like riding a bicycle again because she’s made the national team!
In case you are wondering (I know I did) the more common word for poomsae is forms. We had to ask Kristi what it meant. It is basically a set series of taekwondo moves that must be performed within stringent specifications. It is performed on a mat either alone, with a male/female pair or a single gender team of 3 people. Cool huh?
You are then judged by 5 judges and given a score from 1 to 10, similar to gymnastics or diving scoring. At nationals Kristi won first in pairs and teams and placed second in individuals. Then at team trials, she placed first in pairs and second in teams.
For more information on the U.S. National Taekwondo Poomsae Team, click here.
Congratulations Kristi!! We’re really proud of you!
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