Journal of a Taekwondo referee

Friday, May 13, 2005


This was another district tourney held in Klang. Came early for a bak kut teh breakfast. 4 arenas, headed by Mr W again. Pretty relaxing tourney, at least for me it was. We take turns being center referees. Its kind of a rotation basis thingy where u come in, sit as a corner judge until its yr turn to be center. when yr center, u do maybe 2 to 3 matches (KOs dont count!) and then u come out for a rest. The amount of rest u get depends on how many referees get assigned to any arena. If there are only 4, then there will be no rest. This is how I spend my rest time

  • toilet break, tie my hair
  • drink a few sips of water
  • hunt for coffee or mint
  • snap a few pix with my phone camera
  • chat with the HOC
  • look at other amusing matches
  • hunt for players in the next match
  • hunt for score sheets at secretariate table

this tourney was a little irritating as the organizers had not thought of separating the competition area from the spectators & emotional parents. the results are having people screaming practically in your ear when they cheer & having them breathing down your neck when you write down yr score. pretty distracting. i found myself fanning them away with my clipboard or simply shooing them away from me.

some funny/interesting/gross stuff:

  • This happened in the arena next to mine. i could only see the back of the player. suddenly something white pops out at face-level. how do u lose your mouth guard in the middle of a fight?
  • Player stumbles back to coach area in the middle of fight, hands cupped near mouth & proceeds to vomit. he dumps his stomach contents in a plastic bag, washes his hands & proceeds to win the match. bravo!
  • blue kicks red in the head near the corner judge. red's headgear flies off to land on judge. judge hands back headgear to red.

food for thought:

when i signal for a time out, i expect the time keeper to be alert & follow my instructions instead of talking to his friends. so there i was saying shigan over and over again until i managed to catch his attention. suffice to say, i told him off.

i found out my shigan hand signal has been wrong all this while. jeez! its supposed to be a cross with two fingers with the fists pointing toward each other, and here i was, pushing them outward. tried to change it, but old habits stick like glue!

after the tourney:

had a seafood dinner with the gang. check out the pix below. could only eat cuttlefish, bean curd & chicken due to allergy. poor me!

dinner proceeded to supper at starbucks. pretty tired the next day.

Up next:

Sukan Melaka & National Juniors



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