On Sunday, March 12th four students from Orangeville’s longest-running martial arts school, Kushindokai Karate and Fitness, travelled to Acton to compete in the Crispin Karate Shiai.
Makayla Currie, 10, won her kata division with an impressive 1st place showing. Brothers Owen Bailey-Braun, 10, and Luka Bailey-Braun, 6, came 2nd and 4th in their respective kata divisions, while Owen also placed 5th in sparring.
Kolby Frankland, 7, won his sparring division and placed 2nd in kata. Kolby also received special recognition for placing 1st overall in kata and 2nd overall in sparring in the Boys 7/8 Novice division for the 2016 season.
“While we don’t typically focus on tournament competition at Kushindokai, with the training our students go through and the expectations we set for them, they are usually well-equipped for competitions,” says head instructor Sensei Michael Fisher. “We encourage students who want to try competing; it helps them build confidence which they can bring back into the dojo. We keep the focus on having fun and just giving their best effort.”