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Local athletes kick it in Kent

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These martial arts athletes can put on a show. In competition, they’re no slouches either.

A dozen members of Sequim Martial Arts took to the mats on Saturday, May 7, at the 38th annual Shorinryu Open Karate Championships in Kent, earning 19 individual medals.

In addition, the five-person squad of Eric Fehrmann, Gary Laxson, Sam Manders, Kathrin Sumpter and Richard Walch took first place in the entertainment division, performing a Doce Pares Eskrima Fighting demonstration.

Sequim Martial Arts also took home recognition as the most supportive school.

Individual awards are listed below:

  • Xisa Dove — third place, men’s/women’s advanced division – weapons; second place, women’s advanced fighting division; fourth place, women’s advanced forms
  • Eric Fehrmann — fourth place, men’s/women’s adult novice forms
  • Judy Harniss — first place, women’s senior novice forms
  • Andy Holbrook — second place, teen men’s novice forms
  • Kim Holbrook — second place, women’s senior novice forms
  • Sam Manders — fourth place, men’s junior black belt division – weapons; fourth place, men’s junior black belt division – forms
  • Michael Pace — first place, junior men’s novice fighting; third place, junior men’s novice forms
  • Kathrin Sumpter — fourth place, men’s/women’s senior weapons division; third place, men’s/women’s black belt weapons division; third place, men’s/women’s black belt forms division
  • Richard Walch — second place, men’s senior novice forms; fourth place, men’s/women’s adult novice forms; third place, men’s adult novice fighting; fourth place, men’s/women’s adult weapons; fourth place, men’s senior novice fighting

Also, Tim Walch and Blake Dalton successfully competed in the junior men’s weapons, fighting and forms divisions.


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