CINCINNATI — On Saturday, July 8, 11 youth from Preble County went to Cincinnati to compete in the National Youth Martial Arts Tournament. The tournament was held at the Duke Energy Center in downtown Cincinnati. There were around 450 kids from five different states participating.
Out of those 11 Preble County kids, 10 received trophies for being in the top three out of five or six events.
The following received trophies:
•Raegan Boggs (yellow belt) received second place for Kata.
•Dalton Mitchell (green belt) got second place for Weapons Kata, second place in Board Breaking, second place for Self Defesnse, and third place for Musical Kata.
•Zachary Koeller (senior yellow belt) got first place in Kata, first place in Self Defense, third place for best punch/best kick, and third place for the obstacle course.
•Anna Hobbs (yellow belt) got second place for Best Defense.
•Angel Redd (yellow belt) got third place for Kata, second place for Flag Sparring, and third place for Best Punch/best Kick.
•Reagen Holland (purple belt) got first place in Musical Kata and first place for Kata.
•Logan Graham (senior purple belt) got second place in Kata and third place for Sparring.
•Joy Graham (green belt) got third place in Board Breaking.
•Senior Brown Belt TJ Mullins received first place in Sparring, second place in Self Defense, second place in Weapons Kata, and third place in Kata.
There was one other student who participated, but at this moment awards are unknown.
Karate classes are held every Thursday at the Eaton Youth Center. Classes are currently over for the summer, but will resume in September. Anyone wishing to sign their child up, should watch for a flyer coming home from school in September. Classes are $8 per class, with a $10 registration fee. Parents are welcome to take the classes as well.
Champion Force Athletics offers two extra seminars and two local tournaments each year. Students of high level belts learn self-defense, a weapon such as nun-chucks, the bow staff, sai, or the sword. They also learn different katas, sparring, correct ways to kick and punch, and self-confidence. They are taught that they are not to use these skills on anyone unless they are being attacked in at a tournament.
Email the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.