At Mid-Western Ontario Open karate tournament
LISTOWEL – Eight members of Thomson Martial Arts in St. Marys attended the Mid-Western Ontario Open karate tournament here on April 13 and had great success.
The Thomson team collected 10 first-place finishes at the various age levels.
Evan Burroughs was first in flag catch and second in chanbara in the 12-13 year-old Intermediate division, while Michael Quick was first in flag catch and first in chanbara in the 14-17 year-old advanced division. Robert Quick was first in chanbara and second in flag catch in the 12-13 advanced division.
In flag catch, you go head-to-head with another competitor. You each have three flags placed on your belt and the first to remove all of your opponent’s flags wins the match. Chanbara is Japanese for sword fighting. It is done with padded foam swords. You get points for being the first to make contact anywhere on your opponent’s body from the shoulders down.
In the 8-10 year-old Intermediate division, Taylor Sabino had a good day–picking up a first in chanbara, and fourth place in both flag catch and kata (forms).
Another busy competitor was Guin Jester, who was first in chanbara, and second in flag catch, second in self-defence and second in kata in the 10-11 year-old Intermediate division.
Cameron McClocklin was first in flag catch and third in chanbara in the 10-11 year-old Intermediate division.
Carlie Muir was first in kata and third in both flag catch and self-defence in the 10-11 year-old Novice division.
Remko Wynands was another busy participant, competing in the 6-7 year-old Novice division. He was first in both kata and self-defence, second in flag catch, and third in chanbara.
Note: Thomson Martial Arts currently has 34 karate members. About 10 of its members competed in an event in Stratford this past Saturday.