When it comes to taekwondo poomsae, the Philippine national team is definitely among the top teams on the planet. We have produced Southeast Asian Games champions and world titlists.
In the recently concluded Asian Taekwondo Poomsae Championships in Vietnam, our athletes brought home two silver medals and one gold. The men's under-29 team of JP Sabido, Galilee Tinaya and Marvin Gabriel beat the rest of the competition to come out on top.
The women's trio of Rani Ortega, Janice Lagman and Camille Alarilla brought home the silver from the Asian Championships. They were edged by the Philippines' perennial rival Vietnam, who they beat in the Southeast Asian Games last year.
Since the women's poomsae trio burst onto the scene with their high-flying kicks in 2009, winning them their first world title, more and more Pinoys have now caught the poomsae bug. In the last national championships held last July, the Ninoy Aquino stadium was jam-packed with almost 2,000 participants vying for honors.
Now as our champions prepare for the coming world championships in South America, they are determined to bring home nothing but the gold.
To stay in top shape, they have to continuously hone their skills.
Sports Unlimited hosts Marc and Dyan decided to visit the Philippine national taekwondo poomsae team during their training at the Rizal Memorial complex.
Countless repetitions are needed to perfect each skill. Form and control are essential. If you watch our national athletes as they train, it will be easy for you to see why they are at the top of their game. They are focused, disciplined and determined to be the best.
Our Pinoy champs decided to teach Marc and Dyan some of their basic moves. Marc teamed up with the ladies and Dyan with the boys. They were taught the basic moves but they soon realized that they really have to get into the zone to execute them efficiently and perfectly.
Air date: August 11, 2012