Instructor Sensei Ken Sumner competed at the third Installment of the Western Canadian Karate and Kickboxing tournament in Calgary on May 26th.
This tournament has been running for nearly 20 years now.
He competed in both the Kata and sparring categories of the adult black belt division, the top division in the tournament, as it has the highest level of competition.
Sumner was up against four other competitors from around Alberta and took first place in Kata, just 0.1 points ahead of the second place competitors. He put on an impressive display of kata. Kiyoshi Mike Bonde, the tournament’s director said, “that was an amazing Kata”.
Two members of the My Jhong Law Horn Kung Fu Schools in Edmonton tied for second place. Kyle Craik, a perennial powerhouse, and multiple world level competitor, was one of those who ended up in second place.
In sparring Sumner was paired up with Craik for the first match. It was a close match to which Craik won 8-6. He then convincingly beat his opponent in the final match.
Sumner competed in the third and fourth place match and cleared out that opponent to end up with a third place finish in the sparring division.
Overall this was a great tournament and showing for Arashi-Do Sylvan Lake.
Submitted – Special to Sylvan Lake News