Over the past two weeks a number of Arashi-Do enthusiasts competed in Edmonton at two small tournaments.
The first tournament, held at the Arashi-Do Edmonton South on February 22nd, featured a small contingent of just three people, Sensei Ken Sumner, Sempai Nick Mieir and Dayton Copeman.
Sensei Ken Sumner, the highest ranked black belt for this tournament, and Sempai Nick both participated in judging.
Dayton Copeman was competing in one of his first Karate tournaments. In the under 17 year old intermediate division, he ended up showing great and taking a first in a very close final match for sparring. He also took third in Kata.
“It’s great to see him get out and test himself,” said Sensei Ken Sumner. “It was a pleasure to see him show well and represent Sylvan Lake.”
Next, on March 1st, Sensei Ken attended the Edmonton Submission BJJ Series. This is a set of four tournaments spread out throughout the year. After judging the morning, and coaching students from other schools, he competed in the Heavyweight Advanced BJJ division.
In a match against former lineman for the University of Calgary Dinos, Corey, Sensei Ken (225 pounds) was outweighed by 40 pounds. Out of the six minute round, Sensei Ken was up on points, until the fifth minute. Losing 4-3 Sensei Ken was happy with the result.
“Getting out there and competing is important. You get to see what you are like under stress, and dealing with that adrenaline,” he said after competing. “Also you get to meet some great friends as well.”
Sensei Ken Sumner trains and teaches Karate, Muay Thai and BJJ in Sylvan Lake for kids and adults, age 3+, of any fitness level.