Witte Wins Grand championship
Local martial artists were stand-outs at a local tourney, winning in more than a dozen trophies, with a youngster winning top honors.
Ten-year-old second degree black belt Isaac Witte topped all competitors, winning the forms grand championship at the Mid-Wisconsin Taekwondo Championships in Wisconsin Rapids recently. Witte placed first in forms and sparring for the mini peewee division and earned second place in board breaking using a back spinning side kick, a switching axe and a 180-switching front kick. He then out-performed the other forms winners to take home that grand champion trophy-- which is taller than he is.
Red belt Jessica Tomaszewski earned second place in women’s forms and used a switching axe and a roundhouse back spinning side to take third place in the board breaking. Red belt Gavin Murray took third place in mini-peewee sparring and fourth in forms.
Blue belt Joseph Tomaszewskiwon first place in both min-peewee sparring and board breaking, using a switching axe and a working step back spinning side kick on his two boards He also earned third place in the forms competition. Green belt ian Shelton took first place in the peewee division, second in sparring and fourth in boards breaking, performing a switching axe kick, and a back spinning side kick.
|Murray, Tomaszewski, Witte|
The martial artists all train at Stevens Taekwondo: A New Way of Life, owned and operated by senior master Karen Johnson.
The annual tournament, sponsored by Master John Chrystal and the Park Institute, drew over 200 competitors, and was held at Mid-State Technical College.
Color Belts Shine at October Belt Promotion
Three martial artists earned trophies for excellence at the recent Stevens Taekwondo Academy belt promotion. High yellow belt Brandon Richardson won the first place trophy, new yellow belt Elizabeth Buehler earned second place and yellow belt Victoria Betro was awarded third place.
The testing, held at the YMCA, was judged by grand master Dwight Stevens , assisted by senior master Mark Henkel.