Black belts from across the four western provinces will compete at Coquitlam's Pinetree Community Centre on Saturday to qualify for a position on Team Canada at the International Taekwon-Do Federation World Championships in Spain. Organizers say more than 300 people are registered to compete.
"After working on this event for the past eight months, we are now well down the track putting everything in place for our competitors to have a memorable experience," said tournament host and organizer Kevin Reinelt, of Triumph Taekwon-Do.
"The Pinetree Community Centre is an excellent facility that will enhance that experience. Also, we are very grateful for some remarkable financial support from Hosting BC and the Province of B.C., as well as the City of Coquitlam and several small businesses. This will make a big difference in keeping the cost to our competitors reasonable while enabling us to provide a very high quality event."
The competition is open to all coloured belts and black belts, ages four and up. Everyone will participate in divisions with their own age, gender, belt level and size in free-sparring.
Admission to the general public will be free on competition day.
For full details and competition schedule, visit www.ctfi-nationals.com.
Triumph Taekwon-Do, an affiliated member of the International Taekwon-Do Federation, was built in 2005 and is owned and operated by long-time PoCo residents Kevin and Ramona Reinelt.
Their vision is to use traditional taekwondo "to make the world a better place by helping people develop into fit, positive, focused, respectful and contributing citizens."
The International Taekwon-Do Federation is the original and oldest governing body for taekwondo in the world. It has member schools and nearly 700,000 students in more than 80 countries around the world.