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It’s the turn of the country’s young taekwondo campaigners to take center stage on Nov. 4-5 with the staging of the 2017 Smart/MVP Sports Foundation national age group (free sparring) and PLDT Home Ultera (poomsae) championships at the Rizal Memorial coliseum.

Around 1,200 contestants, including male and female aspirants as young as four-years-old, are expected to show their wares in the two-day nationwide event organized by the Philippine Taekwondo Association and sponsored by Meralco, Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Olympic Committee and MILO.

Poomsae or forms is performed by following a systematic time of movements in consecutive sequences against an imaginary opponent or multiple opponents. The participants use hands and feet and interconnected techniques like blocking, punching, striking, thrusting and kicking. Constant poomsae training helps improve flexibility and control in breathing, balance, power, eye focus and mental discipline.

Competition on both days will start at 9 a.m. but the opening ceremony will be held at 1 p..m. on Nov. 5.

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