Poomsae is the non-contact branch of the Korean martial art Taekwondo, while Gyorugi, or better known as Sparring, is the contact branch. Poomsae showcases the forms of Taekwondo, much like its Karate counterpart Kata. There are three main events: Individual (one boy/girl), Team (three boys/girls), and Pair (boy & girl). Lastly, competitors are graded according to their accuracy, expression of energy, power, speed, and balance, among many other criteria.
In the UAAP, Poomsae started as an unofficial sport in the year 2012 and then on 2013 was entered as an official sport. As of now, UP has never fallen out of the top two in standings in the sport’s three years in the UAAP, seizing the Championship in 2014 while entering as second runner up in 2013 and 2015 to UST. Leading the team is former RP Team member and world champion Janice Lizardo as coach, current RP National Team members Dustin Mella (World Silver Medalist), Nikki Oliva (Asian Championships Silver Medalist), and RP Team Training Pool members Roman Sta. Romana, and Patricia Jubelag. UP is now entering the 79th UAAP Season as title contenders.
The UP Taekwondo Poomsae team always strives to embody excellence through each member of the team, from the court to everyday life. The team's goals are clear year in, year out: to train smart and to train hard, and to perform to the team's best ability when competition time comes, knowing that there is pride and honor on the table to be brought to our beloved university.
In this UAAP season, the UP taekwondo sparring/kyurogi men's and women's team are now in its fighting form to grab the uaap championship title. After the 13-year drought, the women's team got the UAAP championship in the last UAAP season 77 led by the women's team MVP Charizza Alombro, together with her teammates: Nicoele Sibug, Cyrmyn Perlas, Janin Marcaida, Bettina Someros, Camille Delfin, Cheska Torres, Kristine Lozada, and Stephanie Osio.
The UP taekwondo sparring/kyorugi team, not just surpassing other teams in the UAAP but also excelling within their academics as a student; truly showcasing the iskolar-atleta ng bayan, all by the power of God.
Using the Utak at Puso not just in the motivating cheering chants but using this as their main theme in their individual lifestyles and in the whole team while having God as the center of the team and in their individual lives. Bringing pride, honor and excellence, doing their very best and giving up all not just for their family, friends and the UP community but, first and foremost, to God, who gave their talents- to glorify Him.
Unigames 2011 - championNational Taekwondo Championships 2013- mens team champUAAP season 77- womens champion