By Greg Price
Grace Holowiski was Down Under at the Taekwon-Do World Cup and came away with some medals in late September.
Holowiski competed in patterns, sparring and specialty breaking.
The Taberite lost her first round of patterns, but redeemed herself by winning bronze in specialty breaking and gold in sparring at the World Cup in Australia.
“In specialty breaking, there are two breaks that are performed that are based on height and jumping. We ended up going into a break-off for over an hour. In a break-off, the heights increase five to 10 centimetres on each break until someone doesn’t hit there target. This division is one of the hardest. Grace’s hard work in the gym doing plyometrics definitely paid off,” said coach Brandi Merritt-Miyanaga of Merritt’s Ultimate Taekwon-Do.
For sparring, Holowiski’s first round was against Argentina.
“This match served as her harder match of the two. We had changed Grace’s fighting style over the summer, and it seemed to have suited her well during this match. The three-minute match was a solid win in her favour. The second match was two, two-minute rounds against Australia. This match was a solid win in both rounds,” said Merritt-Miyanaga.
“To compete at this level requires a lot of time and dedication. It means going to the gym and working out two to three hours a day, five days a week. We went into this tournament with goals and expectations and she met them.”
Holowiski is continuing on with her training, where she will compete at nationals in November in Calgary. It will serve as a qualifier for the World Championships in Germany in April 2019.