Sensei Cole Manson has been taking his martial arts students to tournaments since he started offering classes 11 years ago, but never so many and with as much success as at the recent Tiger Balm Invitational at Capilano University. Some 26 students combined to win 30 medals for the newly named Awesome Arts Academy, including 10 gold, 13 silver and seven bronze. The team also came home with the large trophy in the adult Katas Grand Championship.
Manson credited the results with having a full-time training facility in Function Junction, "and the extra time and hard work the athletes did to prepare for this event."
Manson himself competed in the Brazilian Jui Jitsu tournament on Saturday, winning the silver medal. Ian Jackson won a gold medal in his category with two wins, while Conrad Niven and Ryan Turner earned silver medals with records of 1-1. Other members of the program also did well in their first ever competition.
Joe McKinnson was fourth and Alvaro Arocena, Sampson McQuaid, Magda Regdos, Jenni Milochis and Leanne Elliott were fifth in their categories.
Dan Lo won a silver in San SHou, Fish Boulton won bronze in Lei Thai and James Abrams a silver in Mixed Martial Arts.
On Sunday, the kids and adults in Kishindo programs took part in sparring competitions.
For the kids, Andrew Salter, 10, won gold in continuous sparring and a bronze in point sparring; Liam Tennock, 10, won silver in padded weapon point sparring; Kanta Onishi, 12, won bronze in point and continuous sparring in the black belt division; Nathan Lee was fifth in point and continuous sparring; Nelson Fish, 10, won gold in point sparring; Ben Fish, 6, won gold in point sparring in his first ever competition; Henry Grant, 8, won gold in point sparring in his first competition; Logan Anderson won fifth in points and continuous sparring in his first meet; Ramon Espada, 8, won gold and silver in continuous and point sparring. Nelson Fish and Anders Salter also competed an age group higher and competed against older teenagers from other clubs.
As for the adult athletes, Jenni Milochis won gold in point, silver in continuous, gold in Katas and the Katas Grand Champion Trophy; Chili Thom won two silver medals in padded weapon point fighting; James Abrams won gold in padded weapon point fighting; Dominic Bianconi won silver in padded weapon and Davin Peterson was fourth in padded weapon.
Master Jun's Yaw Yan kickboxing team also competed in Sunday in the continuous fighting category. DSampson McQuaid won silver, Fish Boulton bronze, Jennie Milochis was fourth, and Dan Lo and James Abrams were fifth.