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In the individual event, Davies placed fourth in Level C, while Mahoney was fifth in Level B.

Kishindo athletes in medals at Tiger Balm Invitational

Members of the Kishindo-Whistler Martial Arts Centre made the trip to the Tiger Balm Invitational tournament at Capilano University on the March 16 weekend, with athletes competing in a variety of different categories.

For the first time the club had three adults compete in the padded weapon sparring category. Kishindo members used swords, but you could also use staffs, nunchukus, meteor (weights on a chain), shields or tonfa (like a policeman's nightstick), with competitors scoring points based on the number of hits scored in two minutes.

Local artist Chili Thom lost a close one 5-4. Davin Peterson was third in the Over 35 group with a record of 1-1 in two bouts, and James Abrams also won a bronze with a 1-1 record.

Kanta Onishi, the only black belt competing for Kishindo, led the young members of the club with gold medals in point fighting and continuous fighting, was third in Kata (forms) and fifth in continuous fighting against all belts.

In continuous fighting the athletes fight for a set amount of time, while point sparring is a scored match where the bout stops and resets after each point is scored.

Ethan Donohoe was second in 6 and Under continuous fighting and fifth in point sparring.

Oscar van Dongen was first in continuous fighting (no face contact) and third in point sparring with a 1-1 record.

Macy Kercher was third in continuous fighting and fourth in point fighting.

Jamie Tait was fourth in his Katas, while his brother was second in continuous and fifth in point.

Sensei Cole Manson thanked Master Dawn Lafebvre at Whistler Taekwondo for letting the Kishindo athletes join their classes and spar to prepare for the tournament, and for training together over March Break.

For the record

In our report from the K1 provincials two weeks ago, we listed Whistler Mountain Ski Club athlete Emma King as finishing 11th in the women's ski cross race. It was actually Sierra King from the Whistler Mountain Ski Club.

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