On Saturday, May 5th, students from Orangeville’s longest-running martial arts school, Kushindokai Karate and Fitness, travelled to Kitchener to compete in the Karate Maynia Tournament. In total, 14 students made the trip to compete in the tournament held at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium.
Sisters Sarah, 7, and Lauren, 10, Embree placed 2nd and 3rd respectively in their kata divisions, while brothers Owen, 11, and Luka, 7, Bailey-Braun both placed 5th in their kata divisions. Hugh Phillpott, 10, competed in kata and sparring, placing 4th in kata and 5th in sparring.
The Barrett brothers, Coen and Quentin, both competed in 4 different divisions. Coen, 6, came 1st in creative weapons, 2nd in kata and traditional weapons, and 3rd in sparring. Quentin, 7, placed 3rd in both creative traditional weapons. Ayden Cappuccitti, 8, who also entered 4 divisions, placed 2nd in creative weapons, sparring, and kata, and 3rd in traditional weapons.
Izabella Dwyer, 12, placed 4th for her kata performance, while her sister Emma, 14, won her kata division with top marks. Himanshu Dursun, 16, came 3rd in his kata group and Elias Tsilimidos, 14, won 1st in kata and 2nd in sparring. Carley Spiteri, 14, and Isaac Phillips, 14, both had strong showings in their advanced divisions in kata and sparring but failed to place in the top four.
“We don’t typically focus on tournament competition at our school,” says head instructor Sensei Michael Fisher. “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.”