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Martial arts students compete at regional tournament, prepare for national competition

Posted: July 1, 2013 - 5:58pm
Back Row, from left, is  Korey Jackson, Will Larson, Hunter Larson, Samantha Littman, Emma Mills, Jordan Goddard, Sophia Dwyer, Max Dwyer, Ethan Hunt, Konnor Kurilla and Instructor Kevin Littman. Front Row, from left, is  Jeremy Cassman, Levi Barnes, Moge Castle, Aaron Barnes, Avery Larson, Paxton Goddard and Collin Friberg. Photo submitted
Back Row, from left, is Korey Jackson, Will Larson, Hunter Larson, Samantha Littman, Emma Mills, Jordan Goddard, Sophia Dwyer, Max Dwyer, Ethan Hunt, Konnor Kurilla and Instructor Kevin Littman. Front Row, from left, is Jeremy Cassman, Levi Barnes, Moge Castle, Aaron Barnes, Avery Larson, Paxton Goddard and Collin Friberg. Photo submitted

Seventeen students from Total Tae Kwon Do of Pequot Lakes competed recently at a regional tournament in Detroit Lakes. Students competed in forms, board breaking and sparring and concluded the day with 25 first, second and third place awards at the tournament. In addition, the group also brought home the spirit award for having the most competitors. Tournaments help students to build confidence and test their skills against other students of similar age and belt rank.

In addition, Samantha Littman, Emma Mills, Sophia Dwyer, Korey Jackson, Will Larson and Avery Larson will be competing in sparring and board breaking at the USA Taekwondo National Championships (Junior Olympics) hosted in Chicago this year.

This will be Littman’s and Mills’ third attendance at the national competition venue, Dwyer’s and Jackson’s second, and the Larsons’ first national competition. All qualified at the State championships in March. Littman, Mills and Dwyer are ranked No. 1 heavyweights in the state, while Jackson is ranked No. 2 in their respective age, belt rank and weight.

Tae Kwon Do is a modern martial art based on Korean traditions that incorporate the techniques of kicking, punching and blocking and provides a workout for the mind as well as the body, focusing on physical and mental fitness, self defense and self discipline. Total Tae Kwon Do is in its 6th year with classes held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at its new location on Government Drive across from the Visitor Center. Email totaltkd@tds.net for more information.

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