Daniel Valdez (far left) placed 2nd in Combat Weapons. Sarah Pike "lost pretty badly but had fun" (she was in a ring with current and past World Champions and I'm sure she held her own). Angelo Hibbert (second from right) got 1st place in both sparring and combat weapons, earning him the title of District Champion 2017 and entry to the Top 10 ring at World Championships this summer and a shot and the title of World Champion! AJ Hibbert (right) took a 2nd place in combat weapons sparring.
These students worked extremely hard all year long to earn points at tournaments to qualify for this higher level of competition and we laud them for being brave enough to get out there on a national stage. Few martial artists ever reach this level of competition and they should all be extremely proud of themselves regardless of how they placed.
When the new tournament year starts in July, we want to see more of our students get out there and compete. Next year we want to send a whole bunch of students to District Championships, and if all goes well, onto World Championships!