Metamora Martial Arts students brought home trophies yesterday after competing in forms.
Faith won first place in her girls brown belt division thanks to her Empi Sho kata.
Dominic performed Tai Kyoku Ni and won third place in his division of yellow and orange belts.
I had registered to compete in the men’s black belt division. However, due to a previous commitment, I was unable to stay for the duration of the tournament to perform.
Regardless, I had fun watching our students compete. I’m very proud of both of them. (Update: read below)
Zoe had wanted to compete, but injured her knee this week. Faith was able to sub in for her at the last minute.
Dominic had never competed before, so this was a big day for him.
As far as the rest of the tournament goes, it was a great gathering of martial artists from all over the state, and even the country. I mentioned in my seminar blog that martial artists had come to Peoria from Texas, Nevada and Pennsylvania, to name a few, to be a part of the one of the longest-running tournaments in Illinois. The judges were fair and I heard very few complaints (you’re always bound to have some).
And for me, it’s fun to attend this tournament to see some superb martial artists and meet new ones along the way.
We’ll be back with a team next year!
More than two weeks have passed since the event, and I have an update on why you should remain loyalty, trustworthy and respectful.
Earlier tonight at tai chi chuan practice, Mr. Aldus announced in front of the class that Ms. Vera Harrison, the tournament promoter, had awarded me with an honorary first place in my division, along with an honorary black belt grand championship in forms.
According to him, Ms. Harrison discussed with several other black belts, including members of the AJKAI, (who are not my instructors, by the way), about how I let her know I needed to be on my away and that I did not ask for a refund. She made the decision to recognize me as a competitor as a result of my previous performances at her events and others in the area, and the commitment I showed to her throughout the weekend otherwise.
I want to publicly thank Ms. Harrison and all of the black belt instructors she consulted for their support of me as a competitor, a martial artist and as a human being. I am better for knowing them.