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The Valley and Carryduff clubs are highly serious competitive culbs which compete in both Olympic Taekwondo and Poomsae competition.
Olympic Taekwondo

Competitors wear head guards and body protectors, which have electronic sensors used in the scoring of points, groin, foot, hand, forearm and shin protection.

The scoring system:
Foot attacks to the head are allowed:
The scoring system is:
1 Point for: Punch 
2 Points for a kick to the body
3 Points for: Kick to the head.
Additional 1 point if a scoring spinning kick is used.

The competition area is typically a 8x8 meter hexigon in international championships.

A continuous point system is utilized in WTF competition, where the fighters are allowed to continue after scoring a technique.

Full-force techniques are allowed and at the end of three x two minutes  the competitor with more scoring techniques or a knockout wins.


Poomsae or Patterns are a set sequence of movements that consists of the various fundamental stances, blocks, punches and kicks logically arranged in a meaningful order in response to attacks from multiple imaginary assailants.

Each Poomsae pattern consists of an established sequence of movements which has a philosophical meaning, and each Poomsae has its own character and distinct quality. Poomsae teaches a student balance, technique, coordination and self-discipline.There are Poomsae competitions nationally and internationally. 

With a full range of age categories from Peewee to plus 65, Para and freestyle,  British Taekwondo Poomsae offer coaching, seminars and training sessions throughout the country.

Currently James Nicholson is 4th in the UK for Male Under 14 years .

James Nicholson (12 years) is ranked 4th in the GB Juniors (under 14 years) ranking
Lisa Nicholson (left) competiting at the 2017 Northern Ireland Poomsae International held in Belfast