Mas­ter Kim’s Black Belt Academy holds in-house tour­na­ment

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - From Mas­ter Kurt G. Miller

On Satur­day, March 17, stu­dents from Mas­ter Kim’s Black Belt Academy, in Bech­telsville, gath­ered to com­pete in the 24th An­nual In-House Tour­na­ment. There were ap­prox­i­mately 25 stu­dents who par­tic­i­pated in the com­pe­ti­tion. Due to a larger crowd, the tour­na­ment was moved to Morn­ing Star Fel­low­ship. There were four events for stu­dents to en­ter and com­pete. The events in­cluded ham­mer fist board break­ing, side­kick board break­ing, forms, and spar­ring.

Since this was an in­house com­pe­ti­tion, each divi­sion was on the small side, but the com­peti­tors treated it as if they were com­pet­ing in a ma­jor tour­na­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the Academy’s owner, Mas­ter Kurt G. Miller, “This small com­pe­ti­tion served as an in­tro­duc­tion up for peo­ple who are new to com­pet­ing in mar­tial arts tour­na­ments. If they want to com­pete on a higher level, they will feel more com­fort­able and will have an idea of what to ex­pect at a larger venue.”

Prior to the event, the stu­dents were schooled in classes on proper way to present them­selves to the judges, and how to con­duct them­selves dur­ing tour­na­ments. The divisions were di­vided up ac­cord­ing to age and belt lev­els. Be­cause it was a small tour­na­ment, some divisions had only one per­son, and they were given the op­por­tu­nity to per­form, and be guar­an­teed first place, or bump up to the next level and try to com­pete against more ex­pe­ri­enced mar­tial artists. Not an easy choice, but there were some peo­ple made the dif­fi­cult choice to bump up and go for the gusto.

The first event was ham­mer fist board break­ing. Divi­sion #1: 1st place, Ni­cholas Schep­onik. 2nd place, Paige Hu­ber. Divi­sion #2: 1st place, Ryan Camp. 2nd place, Ben­son Er­ney, 3rd place, Nathan Bon­ner. Divi­sion #3: 1st place, Lukas Jackson, 2nd place, Bren­den Grover. Divi­sion #4: 1st place, Carter Fon­dren, 2nd place Ma­son Shall­cross, 3rd place, Niles Bon­ner. Divi­sion #5: 1st place, Stephen Schep­onik, 2nd place, Heather Pa­trick. Divi­sion #6: 1st place, Nathan Freese, 2nd place, An­thony Schep­onik. Divi­sion#7: 1st place, Dy­lan An­drews, 2nd place, Sarah Freese. Divi­sion #8: 1st place, Matthew LaPish, 2nd place, Elye Mas­ton. Divi­sion # 9: 1st place, Mark An­drews, 2nd place, Cory Ro­man. Divi­sion #10: 1st place, Ni­cholas Brown, 2nd place, Gavin Freese. Divi­sion #11: 1st place, Britni Greene, 2nd place, Lori Freese. Divi­sion #12: 1st place, Ni­cholas Gehringer, 2nd place, Clay­ton Stauf­fer.

The sec­ond event was side­kick board break­ing. Divi­sion#1: 1st place, Ben­son Er­ney, 2nd place, Nathan Bon­ner. Divi­sion #2: 1st place, Lukas Jackson, 2nd place, Heather Pa­trick. Divi­sion #3: 1st place, Ma­son Shall­cross, 2nd place, Niles Bon­ner. Divi­sion#4: 1st place, Sarah Freese, 2nd place, Nathan Freese, 3rd place, An­thony Schep­onik. Divi­sion#5: 1st place, Elye Mas­ton, 2nd place, Christo­pher Haydt, 3rd place, Matthew LaPish. Divi­sion#6: 1st place, Gavin Freese, 2nd place, Lori Freese. Divi­sion#7: 1st place, Mark An­drews, 2nd place, Cory Ro­man. Divi­sion #8: 1st place, Ni­cholas Gehringer, 2nd place Clay­ton Stauf­fer, 3rd place, Britni Greene.

The third event was forms com­pe­ti­tion. Divi­sion #1: 1st place, Ni­cholas Schep­onik, 2nd place, Paige Hu­ber, Divi­sion #2: 1st place, Nathan Bon­ner, 2nd place, Ben­son Er­ney, 3rd place, Ryan Camp. Divi­sion #3: 1st place, Carter Fon­dren, 2nd place, Lukas Jackson, 3rd place, Bren­den Grover. Divi­sion 4: 1st place, Ma­son Shall­cross, 2nd place, Heather Pa­trick, 3rd place, Niles Bon­ner. Divi­sion #5:1st place, Hunter Healy. Divi­sion #6: 1st place, Sarah Freese. Divi­sion # 7:1st place, Nathan Freese. Divi­sion #8: 1st place, Dy­lan An­drews. Divi­sion #9: 1st place, Cory Ro­man, 2nd place, Jerry Healy. Divi­sion #10: 1st place, Gavin Freese, 2nd place, Lori Freese. Divi­sion #11: 1st place, Elye Mas­ton, 2nd place, Matthew LaPish. Divi­sion #12: 1st place, Ni­cholas Gehringer, 2nd place, Clay­ton Stauf­fer, 3rd place, Britni Greene.

The last event was spar­ring. Divi­sion #1: 1st place, Paige Hu­ber. Divi­sion #2: 1st place, Nathan Bon­ner, 2nd place, Ni­cholas Schep­onik. Divi­sion #3: 1st place, Ben­son Er­ney, 2nd place, Ryan Camp. Divi­sion #4: 1st place, Bren­den Grover, 2nd place, Lukas Jackson. Divi­sion #5: 1st place, Carter Fon­dren, 2nd place, Sarah Freese. Divi­sion #6: 1st place, Niles Bon­ner, 2nd place, Ma­son Shall­cross. Divi­sion #7: 1st place, Stephen Schep­onik, 2nd place, Heather Pa­trick. Divi­sion #8: 1st place, Hunter Healy, 2nd place, Sarah Freese. Divi­sion #9: 1st place, An­thony Schep­onik, 2nd place, Dy­lan An­drews, 3rd place, Nathan Freese. Divi­sion #10: 1st place, Matthew LaPish, 2nd place, Elye Mas­ton. Divi­sion #11: 1st place, Cory ro­man, 2nd place, Mark An­drews, 3rd place, Jerry Healy. Divi­sion #12: 1st place, Gavin Freese, 2nd place, Lori Freese.

On April 21, many of Mas­ter Kim’s Black Belt Academy stu­dents will travel to Lewis E. Dierolf High School in Al­len­town to com­pete in The An­nual Key­stone State Cham­pi­onships. With some ex­pe­ri­ence un­der their belts, they will be pre­pared to com­pete in a much larger venue. This will be the last year that Grand Mas­ter Kim will host The Key­stone State Cham­pi­onship be­cause he is re­tir­ing from the mar­tial arts busi­ness.

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