So last weekend, my students had the privledge of competing in their first Karate Tournament in Parker, CO -- called the CKA Season Opener.
It was a great turnout, I had about 10 plus students compete in the Colorado Karate Association season opener, and my kids all had a blast.
We ended up meeting at The Dojo before all leaving to the tournament site.
So here is the list of competitors that represented The Dojo of Karate, with their placings in each division.
- Mollee Hanson - 4th in Forms, Finalist in Fighting
- Andrew Settergren - 1st in Forms, 1st inf Fighting, competed for Grand Champion Forms
- Caleb Demaray - 7th in Forms, 4th in Fighting
- Colby Bird - 3rd in Forms, 3rd in Fighting
- Britney Torres - 4th in Forms, 5th in Fighting
- Brandon Torres - 5th in Forms, 2nd in Fighting
- Debbie Torres - 8th in Forms, Finalist in Fighting
- Rosy Cobb - 6th in Forms
- Nick Post - 6th in Forms, 2nd in Fighting
- Luana Lee - 6th in Forms
For this being their first Karate tournament, in addition most of my students have not been sparing very long... less than 1 month to be exact, I thought all of my students did AWESOME!!!
I have several pictures that I will be posting shortly, including videos, but I need to get many of them emailed to me, so that I can edit them.
Otherwise, I would probably say the shining star for the day was Andrew. Not only did he take 1st place in both his divisions, he got a bloody nose from getting hit too hard in the face. But, he had a great attitude the entire time. In addition, since he won 1st place in forms, he was eligable to compete for Grand Champion forms, which included ALL kids between the ages of 9 and 12 who got 1st in their division - such as Black Belts, weapon performances, muscial forms, and many other divisions. Though he was sorta out of his league, I believe Andrew can be a very successful competitor if he keeps at it.
As for the rest of my students... I am very proud how well they did and couragous they were. It takes a lot of courage and strength to step out into a ring and perform in front of judges, competitors, and spectatorts. I'm sure they will only get better.
The next tournament is May 30th -- R.A.G.E. Karate Championship in Parker, CO.
Go Team Dojo!