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Cranbrook Tae Kwon Do club brings home medals
Cranbrook’s Evolution Martial Arts traveled to Trail for a third year in a row – to compete in the Trail Tae Kwon Do Championships, October 5th. Trail’s third annual event, hosted by Mr. Jason Ayles of Trail Martial Arts, consisted of kids’ and adults’ patterns and sparring events, followed by an impressive skills competition between Black Belts of varying degrees.
Eight competitors from Evolution Martial Arts brought home 16 medals in total. In the kids’ division, Bradyn McGifford did an awesome job competing in his first tournament. Evan McGifford brought home a Gold medal in Sparring and a Silver in Patterns. Rhiannon Kowalchuk earned a Silver in Sparring and Bronze in Patterns, and Katelynn Cuthbert brought home the bronze for sparring.
In the adult competition, Dan McGifford brought home a Silver in Sparring and and a Silver in Black Belt Team Sparring. Rene Kowalchuk earned a Silver in Patterns, a Bronze in Sparring, and a Silver in Black Belt Team Sparring. Tyson Hirscher, in his first tournament as a black belt earned a Bronze in the Black Belt Sparring – Heavweight Division, and a Silver in Black Belt Team Sparring. Jennifer Wachon, also in her first tournament as a black belt, taking the Bronze in Black Belt Patterns, and a Silver for Black Belt Sparring. Master Simon Wachon also donned his dobok for the event and earned a Gold in Black Belt Pattern – Instructors Division, and a Bronze in Sparring.
“One of the most inspiring aspects of these tournaments”, commented Wachon, “is the camaraderie between the students and clubs. The competition is extremely friendly vs. adversarial, which means everyone, regardless of the club he/she is representing, supports and encourages one another – and that means everyone goes home a winner.
“You won’t find a more considerate and respectful group of athletes as you will in a Tae Kwon Do dojangs. I am extremely proud of my students, and consider the team an extension of my family. I would also wish to send a big thank you to all of the family and friend for the support of the competitors,” said Wachon.