Mexican Poomsae team gathers at Kangyoung Lee’s house

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Faun Weekly 160. “Little dreamers”

Poomsae is a discipline with a lot of followers all over the world, something that I, with my attenuated stupidity, cannot fully understand, however since it was included in multi-sport events back in 2009, this branch of Taekwondo that many would say it is the purest essence of martial art, it has not stopped growing and growing, so much so that it is precisely to this modality that we owe the fact that Taekwondo has been in force during the darkest hours of the recent pandemic of the SARS-COV2, what’s more, a national combat tournament has just been suspended in our country for this same reason a few weeks ago, but at the same time last weekend an OFFICIAL online Poomsae Pan-American championship was held along with an open on the same platform online… Events in which Mexico did not participate, by the way.

Poomsae in our country has a very long tradition that goes back to the beginning of time: here we already had form competition long before form competition became cool, that is, we are disgusting hipsters when it comes to poomsae. refers. In fact, there is a legend that before the first place in forms was also first place in combat, but that is another story and should be told on another occasion…

Mexican poomsae is so effective and its tradition so extensive that we have more world champions in forms than in combat, it is not a minor thing at all, much less in these times where this modality has grown and spread throughout the world. Today, practically all multi-sport events have poomsae, they have their own Grand Prix, world championships and many other events, and I am also convinced that it will not be long before we see them at the Olympic Games in any of the modalities.

But something happens in Mexico and it is that sadly and for a few years now the national poomsae has come to the detriment of figures, almost the same as its namesakes in combat, only with less scandal because the truth is that despite its tradition, the poomsae does not occupy the spotlight of the media except when winning medals, something like what international sports taekwondo was in the 90’s. I myself have touched on the subject of poomsae about three or four times, this is the weekly 160, to give you an idea… And no, I don’t say it proudly, I think the media have failed in that regard.

In 2018 the magazine Proceso published an article called “This is how the Taekwondo Federation destroys an athlete”article that passed without much pain or glory… It is also that, unfortunately, the lady who wrote the article has been in charge of undermining her journalistic credibility, obviously necessary to make a complaint of that size.

The fact that the poomsae does not have the spotlight it deserves makes it go unnoticed as cool as the fact that they have charged 60 thousand pesos to the competitors who traveled to the World Cup last time…

Or the fact that at this moment the selection (or pre-national selection, it is not known) is concentrated in Monterey, but not in a high-performance center, but in Professor Lee’s house…

Apparently that fetish of charging your competitors is something that has spread throughout the national teams.

The concentration is not a secret in itself, in fact a few days ago we could see this cool in networks…

Luckily they are wearing face masks, so it is not easy to distinguish who they are because in a few years I am sure that the majority in that video would have preferred to be recorded swallowing detergent. If you felt disgust with the video that I just projected, don’t worry, it will pass right now, as long as you watch it again:

There is one thing that worries me: the people who are focused right now were the people who won the selective in Puebla last November, the world championship will be in April and there is a national poomsae championship in Tijuana announced for tomorrow… And yes You guessed it: there is no call, or at least it is not public, nothing else could be expected from the gentlemen in charge of this administration.

What there is is a beautiful video with a motivating phrase of those that come out in fortune cookies: “No dreamer is too small, and no dream is too big”.

How beautiful, how beautiful, really and with applause at the end because whoever is a fan, is a fan…

What is not nice is that there is no call, or that it is not public, for that matter it is the same. It’s a mess because What will happen to the people who are concentrated in Monterrey? Are you going to compete tomorrow? Aren’t you going to compete tomorrow? Under what criteria is that defined? According to the audio they heard, there is already a list with people who have their ticket to the World Cup insured, under what criteria? That’s the million dollar question…

There is already a list who is? I think that is a surprise, or it will be a surprise for the kids who win the national championship tomorrow, because no dreamer is small, and no dream is too big, unless the dream is to go to the World Cup in the place of someone who is already in “the list”.

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