Sarah Pike, 3rd degree black belt with Master Navarrete at the Santa Rosa Tournament on 9/10/16. She won first place in sparring and 2nd place in forms. She is not to be messed with!
Four of the 7 (!) Valdez kids who competed in the tournament this weekend in the Tiny Tiger division. Their 3 older brothers (Jon, David, and Daniel) competed as well and won medals in both forms and sparring. Congratulation to the whole family!
In addition to the students pictured above, we'd like to congratulate Alex Guthrie (1st degree black belt), AJ (1st degree black belt) and Angelo Hibbert (State Champion for 2016 and a red belt) who placed 1st in both traditional sparring and combat weapons sparring, and Catia Claburn (3rd degree black belt) who placed 1st in sparring. As a funny side note, Catia has been training with us since she was 4 years old, and she has finally stopped apologizing to people when she kicks them in the head--she is the sweetest sparring champ ever!
The next tournament in our region is on November 15, and it too is in Santa Rosa. We hope to see many more of our students compete!