La Trobe taekwondo champion takes on other universities

TaekwonduThe Victorian Inter-Uni Taekwondo Championships again attracted big numbers, with five universities participating in the 2015 competition.

The day ran from 9.00am to 6.00pm with competitors across five universities in attendance. The competition required participants to be a registered member of a Victorian University Club, with a variety of weight divisions on offer across the single elimination format.

La Trobe University was represented by undergraduate student Kazi Aurnab. While the sport is not new for Kazi, who has been practicing taekwondo for four years, competing at a university level was not something he had done often before.

‘I joined the club at La Trobe as I have learned the sport before and wanted to pursue it because I loved doing it,’ explains Kazi.

‘The championships were a way for me to gain more competition experience and for me to get a feel of the level of intensity required. I also learned more about the rules of taekwondo.’

Training three days a week under the watchful eye of the club’s coaches at the Sports Centre, Kazi prepared for the competition by working mainly on his flexibility and sparring skills. He has also recently participated in joint training sessions with other universities. This provides him and other members of the club with an opportunity to see other campuses across Melbourne and socialise with other university students.

‘As a member of the club, I get to train, learn new techniques and maintain my fitness while meeting new people and making friends.’

Although the competition was fierce, Kazi did his best on the mat, gaining valuable experience and a new confidence in his ability to train for future competitions.

With 22 members made up of students, staff and Alumni, the La Trobe University affiliated Taekwondo Club is socially, rather than competitively, oriented. The club places much emphasis on building fitness in a social environment instead of training for specific fights.

‘We don’t have a large focus on competition, so the Inter-Uni Championships were a great opportunity for anyone interested in sparring,’ says Club President Dominique Mulhane.

‘These kinds of competitions provide our members with experience and allow them to see people from different universities and at different belt levels compete.’

The La Trobe University Taekwondo Club holds training every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night at the La Trobe Sports Centre. Anyone is welcome to join and no experience or equipment is needed to start training.

For more information, visit the club’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LaTrobeTKD?fref=ts

Find out more about La Trobe’s Sporting Clubs at the Sport Centre website.

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