Tournament raises $1600 for Team Canada trip

Battling it out high  – Many young martial arts practitioners braved the wet and cold conditions in the early hours of Saturday morning

Battling it out high – Many young martial arts practitioners braved the wet and cold conditions in the early hours of Saturday morning

A weekend Tae Kwon Do tournament at the Dual Dragons studio on Main Street raised $1,600 for two Stettler black belt martial art masters to enable them to take trip to Britain this fall to represent Canada at the world championships.

A total of 80 competitors of all ages, coming from as far away as Hanna, Wainwright and Wetaskiwin took part in the event.

“Medals were given out in 32 divisions ranging from 4- and 5-year-old white belts to fourth degree black belts,” said Dave Hargreaves, organizer and one of the Team Canada members.

The other local black belt and Team Canada member Cade Bengert won Black Belt Forms title at the tournament.

Bengert was also awarded the “Dustin Campbell Memorial Award” as voted by his peers. The award is conferred upon a practitioner who displays the seven tenets of Unified Tae Kwon Do – honour, discipline, humility, patience, charity, discernment and perseverance.