Williamson (Year 12) and his brother, Kasper (Year 7) recently participated in
the WKU Martial Arts World Championships in London.
They were part of a team of
8 students representing Malaysia in the Team Malaysia outfit. Here is
Dominic and Kasper’s account of their experience.
My brother, Kasper, and I train in the Korean style of ITF Taekwondo (TKD).
Both of us were former students of Mr Benedict, at JB. I am now a 3rd Dan black
belt grading to 4th Dan within the coming few months and Kasper is a 1st Dan
black belt grading to 2nd Dan in October 2014.
Earlier this year, we were both
selected along with six others to represent the Youth Team Malaysia at the 2014
WKU World Championships in London. I was appointed as the Team Senior and
Dom and I trained for up to forty
hours per week to be competition ready, including meditation, sparring and
perfecting our patterns techniques.
When we arrived in London for the
tournament we were weighed-in and placed in our fighting categories. 1200
competitors from 40 countries participated.
Dom did really well in Points Sparring
and Light Contact Sparring, but unfortunately didn't make it to the finals by
the narrowest margin of points. In Traditional Individual Korean Pattern, he
competed against some of the best in the world. Dom took Gold and is now the
new World Champion. I’m really proud of him
Kasper fought bravely in the Points
and Light Contact events, and took Bronze in both. I’m amazed at how well he
fought. He was fearless and skillful.
In the Team Youth Traditional Korean Patterns
event, 5 of us performed a complex Black Belt pattern called Gae Baek. We
reached the finals and we took Bronze. As a team we were pleased to have taken
a medal, but very disappointed not to take Gold.
Competing at this level was a
fantastic experience. We represented Malaysia, standing on the podium ten times
and returned with 4 World Champions. We were featured in the New Straits Times,
highlighting our Merdeka Day achievements
Next year the World Championships is
in Spain. I hope to be defending my title and take a few more Gold medals, as
does Kasper and the rest of the team.
Dominic and Kasper Williamson