600 jins vying in Best of Best tourney

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AROUND  600 athletes composed only of gold medalists in national events all over the country and members of the Philippine team, Blackbelt Brotherhood and Blackbelt Sorority will vie for honors in the 2017 SMART/MVP Sports Foundation Best of the Best Taekwondo Championships on September 2-3 at Robinson’s Place Galeria.

The male and female participants will display their skills in the senior, junior, Cadet and grade school divisions in two events – Kyorugi (free sparring) and Poomsae (forms).

Considered as Philippine Taekwondo Association’s premier tournament, Best of the Best is sponsored by the country’s No. 1 sports patron, Smart Communications and PLDT chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan.

Pangilinan is mainly responsible for the tremendous growth of taekwondo here, having supported PTA’s programs for fledgling and outstanding jins for over a decade now.

National University’s Diether Baylon, a prospective participant again, connects with an axe kick against DLSU’s Joseph Adiaz.

Many of these gold medalists from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as well as UAAP, NCAA, AFP-PNP Olympics and PTA events in Metro Manila and the different regions are among the contenders in this weekend’s tournament.

Tournament Director Jesus Morales III says an important goal in freestyle Poomsae is the presentation of high level foot techniques like jumping yopchagi, 720-degree spinning kick and kicking with acrobatic actions.

Taekwondo’s scoring system PSS (Protective Scoring System) and ESS (Electronic Scoring System), electronic armors and socks together with IVR (Instant Video Replay) will be utilized to eliminate human error and ensure accurate, fair scoring and spectator friendly matches.

Martial arts enthusiasts especially children interested to learn the sport are invited to watch the two-day event which is also sponsored by PLDT, Meralco and TV5 starting at 8 a.m.

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