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Sequim Martial Arts brings home medals


Members of Sequim Martial Arts celebrate a strong finish at the Shorinryu Open Karate Championships in Seattle in mid-May. They are (back row, from left) Richard Walch, Gary Laxson, Sam Manders, Kathrin Sumpter (instructor), Eric Fehrmann and Linda Frick, with (front row, from left) Tim Walch, Xisa Dove, Blake Dalton and Judy Harniss. Photo courtesy of Kathrin Sumpter

As it turns out, the team with good spirit has good athletes, too.

Competitors from

Sequim Martial Arts earned the Dojo award for "Most Supportive School" at the 37th annual Shorinryu Open Karate Championships in Seattle on May 15.

The team also brought home 14 medals (top-four finishes) from the event, including three second-place medals.

Sequim Martial Arts is at 452 Riverside Drive and features private and group instruction, clinics and more. Call 683-4799 for more information.

Individual results are listed below:

_ Blake Dalton - Novice Rank Junior Men's Forms Division, third place

_ Xisa Dove - Advanced Rank Junior Women's Fighting Division, second place; Advanced Rank Junior Men's/Women's Forms Division, second place

_ Eric Fehrmann - Novice Rank Senior Men's Forms Division, third place

_ Linda Frick - Novice Rank Senior Women's Forms Division, fourth place

_ Judy Harniss - Novice Rank Senior Women's Forms Division, third place

_ Gary Laxson - Advanced Rank Adult Men's Fighting Division, third place

_ Sam Manders - Advanced Rank Junior Men's Fighting Division, fourth place; Advanced Rank Junior Men's/Women's Weapons Division, fourth place; Advanced Rank Junior Men's/Women's Forms Division, fourth place

_ Kathrin Sumpter (instructor) - Black Belt Adult Women's Forms Division, fourth place; Black Belt Adult Women's Fighting Division, second place; Brown Belt Adult Men's/Women's Weapons Division, fourth place

_ Richard Walch - competed in Adult and Senior Men's/Women's Weapons Division

_ Tim Walch - Novice Rank Junior Men's Fighting Division, fourth place.

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