This tournament was particularly exciting since both kids won first place medals for their weapons form! A weapons form is something they create and practice themselves outside of class, so it's about their creativity, precision, and diligence practicing. They chose to use nunchucks and both did great and look forward to performing another weapons form at the national tournament in July! [ video of Sean's nunchucks form ] [ video of Claire's nunchucks form ]
Sean received a score of 9.9 from each of the three judges - wow!
Claire competed against two other kids doing a form with the long staff and won 1st place!
This was Sean's first tournament as a Karate Kid. He's been a Little Dragon (ages 4-7) until his last testing a few weeks ago, but he was getting frustrated training with the younger kids, so they told him if he could memorize his form they would let him move up to Karate Kids (ages 7-11). He memorized it well and is excited to be the youngest in the Karate Kids classes.
He chose to compete in the competitive division at this tournament, which is where you're completely on your own (no help from the instructors - note how the kid in the back is being walked through his form) and competing for points. He's not yet 6 but held his own against two 8-year-olds (both a higher belt rank, too) and a 7-year-old in forms, sparring, and weapons sparring. [ video of Sean's form ]
Claire was in a particularly tough division this time. She's an advanced student now as a low red belt and went up against some incredibly tough competitors. She's not a big fan of sparring but won her first match! There were 14 kids in her division, so they each only did half of the form (the second half is the first half repeated but on the other side, anyway). Even with that, it still took almost 2 hours for her division to finish. [ video of Claire's form ]
So proud of both of them!