Led by President Khoo Bu Leong and secretary, Lee Wei Kean, 19 participants from Martial Arts Taekwon-Do Association of Perak went for the 6th Hong Kong Inter-school ITF Taekwon-Do Invitation Tournament on December 26 and came back with 38 gold, 18 silver, 8 bronze medals, “Best Pattern Performer Award” and “Best Athlete Award”.
“This is a great platform for them to prepare for the coming World Taekwon-Do Championship 2016 in England as most of them are having their first overseas tournament. I am not quite satisfied with the overall results but I was impressed by their stamina and discipline. We hope that students will keep up their determination and enthusiasm to bring pride to our country again,” said Khoo.
Coach, Lee Wei Kean said, this is a chance for students to expose themselves to foreigners’ standards especially in sparring events. He encourages the students to have their target and dream big so that they can bring fame to Malaysia. Teo Kar Sai performed extremely well this time by winning four champions (Individual Pattern, Individual Sparring, Knife-hand Power Breaking and Side-kick Power Breaking events) and two 1st runner-ups (Reversed-kick Power Breaking and Punching Power Breaking events), hence being awarded “Best Athlete Award”.
Nine-year-old, Loh Ying Shan from SJKC Kampung Tawas fought bravely and won three golds (Individual Sparring, Team Pattern and Side-kick Power Breaking events) and one silver (Individual Pattern) medals.
Chuah Zhi Wei from Sebanting successfully brought back four golds (Individual Pattern, Individual Sparring, Team Pattern and Side-kick Power Breaking events) and one silver (Knife-hand Power Breaking) medals.
Three representatives from SJKC Sin Min, Simpang Taiping won 8 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze medals in total while Ahmad from SMJK St Michael Ipoh was awarded “Best Pattern Performer”.
Khoo expressed his deep sincere gratitude to financial supporters and OMAS company for sponsoring 22 trousers for participants. After the tournament, the team enjoyed Disney Land, Ocean Marine Park and other tourist spots in Hong Kong.