Mar 20

A look at the Auvenshines’ 12th tournament

Caitlan Rohman placed 1st in women’s 16-34 colored belt forms.

Sempai Adair Rodriguez placed 1st in men’s 16-34 colored belt forms and weapons.

I placed 2nd in men’s 16-34 black belt forms.

Now, onto the details…

I’ve always enjoyed visiting the Auvenshines’ tournament. We first went down in 2007 with a big group of at least a dozen students held in a different venue. Our number of competitors has dwindled since then, but I still think we are an enthusiastic crew who enjoys competing and represents our school well.

The gymnasium and Lincoln Land Community College was a sea of white as mainly tae kwon do practitioners packed the space kicking pads, showing off their flexibility and letting out the occasional shout.

One of the main differences between this tournament and other we usually attend is grappling that takes place in the center ring. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much of a chance to watch the grapplers do their thing as I was competing and then judging.

The Auvenshines do their best to make for small divisions. The largest ones that I saw had seven in them. Personally, I may have split them into divisions of three and four. That way, two sets of 1st, 2nd and 3rd could be handed out instead of just one. But I think everybody went home with a medal or a trophy, and the last four tied for fourth place.

I judged for a division of what looked like ages 6-9, which is what I think I heard somebody say. A girl won her breaking division, and I’ve never seen a child so ecstatic. The grin she wore from ear to ear made it look like she’d just won the Olympic gold medal and the lottery at the same exact instant.

In my opinion, the concessions could have been run better by having more food available. I was turned down when I asked for a piece of cheese pizza and then a soft pretzel, but somebody wound up making me a pretzel anyway. They just seemed disorganized. Though that fell on the LLCC volleyball players who were in charge, not the Auvenshines themselves.

It was nice seeing Mr. Steve Aldus, who contributed to us an article on why he teaches, there with his wife Kim. Both were very friendly the few times I saw them away from the ring in which they were judging.

As I stood on the edges of the black belt meeting, I also received a friendly nudge from Mr. Kevin Roberts, who wrote a great piece for us on commercial belt factories. Mr. Roberts brought his wife, Jessie, their daughter and nine other competitors who did very well. I judged one of his white belts, who received 1st place in both his forms and breaking divisions, and it’s evident – in my opinion – from that student that Mr. Roberts is a quality instructor.

We also received lots of information for tournaments coming up in the area that I’ll put together in another post later this week, but I wanted to post one here real quick…

2011 USA Tae Kwon Do Championships
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Kalamazoo, MI
Registration starts at $60.00.
http://www.usatkdmi.com

I realize this tournament is far away. Ms. Harrison noted that as she handed the flyer to me, but said she had promised to hand them out. For her effort in pushing this tournament, I wanted to post it here as well. If you are interested, please leave a comment or e-mail me for more information.

Adam Bockler

Sensei Adam Bockler is a 2nd-degree black belt in karate and the owner of Metamora Martial Arts. He's been in the martial arts since 2003, and has received instruction in tai chi chuan, Hsing-i chuan, judo, tae kwon do and XMA. Sensei Bockler was inducted into the 2014 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Karate Black Belt of the Year. He is the communications manager for Float Mobile Learning.

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