Students with White Tiger Taekwondo show off their hard-won medals after competing at a recent tournament in Kelowna.

Students with White Tiger Taekwondo show off their hard-won medals after competing at a recent tournament in Kelowna.

White Tigers on fire

Cranbrook Taekwondo students medal at Interior tournament

Students from White Tiger Taekwondo cleaned up at a recent competition in Kelowna, bringing back medals in familiar and altogether new categories.

The club sent 14 students, ranging from young kids to adults, to the Keys Invitational tournament, which featured over 150 other competitors from around the province.

Master Steve Desjardin, who heads up White Tiger, said that his students did well in the traditional competitions of sparring and poomsae (forms) but had the opportunity to show off their skills in other categories such as weapons, flying kick, jump kick and power kick.

For weapons, his students train with staffs, nunchucks and swords—three of which ended up walking away with a medal due to their performance.

Jake Sommerfeldt, one of his students, claimed gold in the flying kick and jump kick categories. Sommerfeldt leaped a distance of 14 feet to hit his target on a flying kick, and also hit a target on the jump kick at a height of eight feet, six inches.

 

See full results in Cranbrook Daily Townsman, Kimberley Daily Bulletin, Thursday, April 24