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6th TNZ Black Belt Championships

2 Jan. 2012 Posted by Garry Carpenter

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The 6th TNZ Black Belt Championships were held in Auckland on the 29th of October, 2011. For this event, Taekwondo New Zealand introduced some new innovations;
• Electronic Poomsae Judges scoring system
• Daedo Electronic Body Pads for the Kyorugi competition
• Video Replay/Protest and analysis system for Kyorugi competition
• Round Robin tournament for Kyorugi • TNZ Player Ranking points which were earned by the competitors on the day
The tournament format utilised one mat for Poomsae and one for Kyorugi. Both mats started at the same time and the events ran simultaneously. Another first for the TNZ Black Belt Championships was that Poomsae had more events contested than Kyorugi. This signals the growth in popularity for Poomsae competition in New Zealand and TNZ will be introducing a number of projects in the New Year to keep this momentum going.
The  TNZ National Team selectors were present to view the Kyorugi, with an eye towards selecting the 2012 TNZ New Zealand Junior World Championship Team. Also present were Robin Cheong and Vaughn Scott who, along with Logan Campbell, have recently returned from winning Gold at the Oceania Qualification Tournament for the London Olympic games. Both Robin and Vaughn competed on the day winning their respective divisions.
The Daedo system (electronic body pads) proved very successful with matches flowing smoothly proving it's worth. TNZ will be increasing the usage of this system at future events and seminars with more resource.
TNZ would like to thank all athletes, coaches, officials and spectators who attended and a special thanks to Tournament Director, Mr Garry Carpenter and his team for running a very well organised event. TNZ remains committed to improving and developing Taekwondo in New Zealand through its competitions and events, and welcomes feedback and suggestions.
See you there next year for the 2012 TNZ Black Belt Championships.