Cranbrook White Tiger Taekwondo struck successfully at the 2015 B.C. Taekwondo Championship. From left to right: Thomas Rode

Cranbrook White Tiger Taekwondo struck successfully at the 2015 B.C. Taekwondo Championship. From left to right: Thomas Rode

White Tigers strike

Local taekwondo club brings home haul from 2015 B.C. Taekwondo Championship in Vancouver

Cranbrook White Tiger Taekwondo is back from the 2015 B.C. Taekwondo Championship in Vancouver, bringing home a handful of medals.

Thomas Rode (green belt), Alexander Rode (orange belt) and Nolan Palmer (blue belt) all claimed gold medals and B.C. championship titles in sparring.

Rye Palmer (orange belt) earned bronze medals in both sparring and poomsae.

According to the World Taekwondo Federation, poomsae is a series of movements for offense and defense techniques in accordance with fixed patterns, whereas sparring is full-contact fighting.

Thomas Rode and Palmer both claimed bronze in their respective poomsae competitions, while Alexander Palmer earned a silver medal in poomsae.

“These students worked very hard with their training and it paid off,” Master Steven Desjardins wrote via email.

“I received lots of positive feedback from other Masters as to the ability of [Cranbrook White Tiger] students. It was very rewarding to get those compliments from instructors of other taekwondo schools in British Columbia…It felt good to say we are from Cranbrook and I think we brought some recognition to Cranbrook for producing some quality martial artists in taekwondo.”

The tournament saw 315 competitors from across B.C. vying for provincial championships.