As a rookie participant in the Tampines West CSN Taekwondo Poomsae Championships held on 2 December 2023, at the Tampines West Community Club, the experience was nothing short of awe-inspiring and transformative.

Walking into the venue, I felt a blend of nerves and excitement, surrounded by the vibrant energy of seasoned practitioners, each exuding confidence and skill. The atmosphere was charged with determination, creating an electric buzz that both intimidated and motivated me.

Participating in my first-ever Poomsae Championship was a whirlwind of emotions. The nerves were real as I stepped onto the mats, facing judges and spectators. The forms I’d practiced endlessly suddenly felt different under the pressure of a competitive setting. Every move carried weight, every stance demanded perfection, and every breath needed to be controlled.

The experience was a steep learning curve. Amidst the adrenaline rush, I discovered the essence of resilience and determination. Each performance, regardless of its outcome, taught me invaluable lessons. Watching seasoned participants execute flawless routines inspired me, while my own performance highlighted areas for improvement.

What struck me most was the sense of community and support. Despite being new to the competitive scene, I felt embraced by my fellow competitors, instructors, and teammates from Acme Taekwondo. Their encouragement and guidance were pillars of strength, reassuring me that the journey, with all its ups and downs, was part of the learning process.

Although I might not have secured top placements or medals, the experience was a triumph. It marked the beginning of my journey as a competitive Taekwondo practitioner. The Championships ignited a fire within me, a drive to train harder, refine my skills, and strive for excellence in future competitions.

Looking back, the Tampines West CSN Taekwondo Poomsae Championships was a defining moment. It taught me resilience, sportsmanship, and the importance of perseverance. It was not just a competition; it was a stepping stone towards growth and mastery in the art of Taekwondo.


Article by: Ceana Teo (Blue 3)

Date of Event: 2 December 2023 (Sat)