2019 Samurang Games
& Martial Arts Festival
April 6, 2019
Recap and Gallery
For newcomers, the Samurang Games is a festival style championship, modeled after the World Hanmadang Tournament held in Korea. Additionally,modified Olympic style Taekwondo and Koryo Gumdo foam sword sparring is held. This is a fun, exciting, motivating, and rewarding weekend event held annually for JP Wood school members and additional participating schools throughout the US.
The tournament is broken down into two categories: festival contests and traditional events. The festival contests are challenges that test the athlete's skills in board breaking, kicking, weapons, and fitness. Prizes are awarded for reaching certain benchmarks or completing challenges in a certain amount of time. Additionally, the athletes compete in traditional events. These constist of forms (Poomsae) performances, self-defense demonstrations, and sparring matches. All of our new and veteran athletes had a great time and a rewarding experience competing in our various events.
To add to the excitement, Grand Champion competitions were held for the various traditional and festival events. Competitors who earned a gold medal in their event moved onto the Grand Champion round to face off against other contestants who earned gold.
In the forms and self-defense competitions, competitors were given a score by a panel of judges. For our festival events, the athletes competed to see who kick the highest, break the most boards, and kick the fastest. Below, you can see the winners and their records from our Grand Champion competitions.
After the forms and self-defense competitions, athletes faced off in exciting sparring matches. We held a number of different sparring events including Taekwondo sparring, Koryo Gumdo sword sparring, and the newly added Filipino stick fighting. The sparring matches were a great way to round out an exciting day.
A form is a series of manuevers with kicking and striking techniques.
Poomsae, or forms competition, is a performance sport that is scored by judges observing and scoring the athlete's presentation, either in individual or team competition.
The main areas of scoring are technical execution, presentation, spirit, and for team competition, unity.
Competitors are judged on their own merit, and not relative to other competitors.
Athletes need to perform with grace, power, and martial arts spirit, which makes Poomsae fun and exciting to watch.
Forms Grand Champions 2019
Taekwondo Ages 8-11 - Nikolas Stanimirov
Taekwondo Ages 12-14 - Mason Gougis
Taekwondo Ages 15 and Older - Nicholas Marcheses
Taekwondo Master's Division - Jane Dillon
Junior Partner - Edward Nieman and Sammy Nieman
Adult Partner - Jane Morgan
Open Weapon - Jack Raker
Sparring is the martial arts fighting sport. Each of our various styles of sparring have different rules for the athletes and referees to observe. Our rules are designed to promote thrilling competition, while also keeping the athletes safe.
Taekwondo sparring is continuous style, meaning the referee does not halt the action during a round except for infractions. At the end of each round, the judges choose a winner for the round based on superiority.
In engagement style sparring, the athletes reset after each engagement. The judges declare the points awarded after each engagement, and the match is won by the athlete who wins the most engagements. This style is used for both the Koryo Gumdo sword sparring and the Filipino stick fighting.
Sparring and Self Defense Grand Champions 2019
Padded Stick Sparring - Boun Zaypratu
Entertainment Self-Defense - Addison Dempsey and Kaenan Price
Tactical Self-Defense - Chris Sheeler and Anita Haleva
Koryo Gumdo Int'l sponsors sword contests and events at the Samurang Games, comprised of festival events, forms, and sparring competition.
Koryo Gumdo is represented in our festival events with the paper cutting and target thrusting competitions. These skill-based contests challenge contestant's agility, balance, and precision.
Just as in our other forms competitions, athletes need to exhibit accuracy, power, and spirit, but now they must do so while wielding a sword.
Lastly, Koryo Gumdo sparring lets our Samurang warriors square off to test their swordsmanship in exciting, engagement-style matches
High and Jump Kicking
Our martial arts practitioners can present their awesome flexibility and jumping abilities in the standing and jumping high kick contests.
Standing high kick tests how high the athlete can kick without jumping up, and the jumping high kick tests the athlete's ability to run and jump up to kick the highest target possible.
Jumping High Kick Grand Champions 2019
Ages 14 & Under - Justin Adroski, 7'6"
Ages 15 & Older - Chris Sheeler, 8'1"
Showing their power breaking prowess, athletes break as many boards as possible using a knife hand or hammer fist strike. To be successful, a combination of strength and technique is necessary.
To win gold and go to the Grand Champion round, the contestants must meet the following standards: 4 boards for ages 9 and younger, 6 boards for ages 10 to 14, and 10 boards for ages 15 and older.
Board Breaking Grand Champions 2019
Ages 9 & Under - Joe Fountain, 5 boards
Ages 10-14 - Mason Gougis, 10 boards
Ages 15 & Older - Timothy Kobos, 8 boards
Speed kicking included two contests to find the athlete with the fastest feet. In the round house kick contest, contestants execute as many round house kicks as they can in two 10 second rounds, round one with the right foot and round two with the left foot. In the spin hook kick contest, contestants execute as many spin hook kicks as they can in one 15 second round.
Warrior Obstacle Course
Lastly, in our most popular contest, athletes race through an obstacle course while completing fitness challenges. Judges time each contestant for a chance at the gold.
Speed Kicking Grand Champions 2019
Fast Kick Ages 9 & Under - Henry Hathaway, 13.88 sec
Fast Kick Ages 10-14 - Fatima Cruz, 12.32 sec
Fast Kick Ages 15 & Older - Lucas Raker, 13.84 sec
Spin Hook Ages 14 & Under - Samatha Carter, 22.34 sec
Spin Hook Ages 15 & Older - Sammy Nieman, 38.56 sec