On Sunday, May 28th students from Orangeville’s longest-running martial arts school, Kushindokai Karate and Fitness, travelled to Georgetown to compete in the Crispin Super Shiai. In total, 11 students made the trip to compete in the tournament.
In their first ever tournament, sisters Sarah and Lauren placed 3rd and 2nd respectively in their kata divisions. Also in his first tournament, yellow belt Himanshu Dursun, 15, placed 1st for his kata. Another pair of siblings Hugh Phillpott, 5th in kata and 2nd in sparring, and Emily Phillpott, 1st in both kata and sparring, competed in their first tournament.
Brothers Luka and Owen Bailey-Braun placed 4th and 5th in their respective kata divisions, while Owen also placed 3rd for sparring. Kolby Frankland placed 2nd for his kata and took 1st in his sparring division.
Makayla Currie placed 1st for her kata and also won the Grand Champion prize for her division, while Elias Tsilimidos, 13, took 2nd in both kata and sparring. Kushindokai also had a good showing in the 13-14 year old advanced kata division with Carley Spiteri taking 1st overall.
“We had some students competing in their first tournament today. They haven’t been training long so I think they were a little nervous but they had fun and they did a great job,” says head instructor Sensei Michael Fisher. “We don’t typically focus on tournament competition at our school, but we always encourage students who want to try competing. It helps them build confidence and let’s them see different styles and forms. We really try to keep the focus on having fun and doing the best they can. I’m proud of them all. They represented Kushindokai with honour and integrity.”