Local taekwondo club has strong medal showing at tournament

Matthew Gourlie
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Kim's Moose Jaw YMCA Tae Kwon Do Club didn't send the biggest team to a recent tournament in Regina.

Warren Miller, head instructor for Kim's Moose Jaw YMCA Tae Kwon Do Club, back left, is joined by the competitors who attended the Grand Master Kim's tournament in Regina: Jessie Messner, Ryan Douglas, Bret Rowlinson, instructor Nathan Douglas, Ryan Burks, front left, Ciara Carpentier and Emma Rowlinson. Not pictured: Brody Baumann.

What they lack in numbers, they more than made up for in medals won.

The local club send seven competitors to Regina and came back with 15 medals.

The Grandmaster Kim’s tournament — hosted by the parent school of the Moose Jaw club — featured clubs from across Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

"We didn't have quite as big of a team as we usually do, but we still had a good showing from the athletes that did go," said Warren Miller, the head instructor at Kim's Moose Jaw YMCA Tae Kwon Do Club. "Everybody medalled at least once."

Conflicts with other events may have kept their number of competitors down a little, but the locals had a great showing.

"Ryan Burks had double gold which I was really quite impressed with," said Miller. "Bret Rowlinson also won double gold and I believe that was Bret's first tournament. They were good results all around."

Burks and Rowlinson won gold in both sparring and patterns in their respective weight classes.

Brody Baumann was able to compete in two different weight classes in sparring and he won both to also win two gold medals. Baumann also earned a bronze in patterns.

Ryan Douglas and Jessie Messner each won silvers in both patterns and sparring. Emma Rowlinson won gold in sparring and took home a silver in patterns. Ciara Carpentier won bronze in both patterns and sparring.

"We had some fighters that hadn't had a lot of ring time and some of our more veteran competitors didn't take part in this event," said Miller.

The club will be holding a belt test on May 3 for their students before their season concludes at the end of May.

They are also looking at going to a large tournament in Winnipeg hosted by Iron Fist Martial Arts at the end on May 31. Miller said it depends on how much interest there is before the club makes the decision if they will attend that tournament.

"It's determining whether we have the commitment and if the athletes are committed to training hard leading into that event or whether they're going to be winding down their training cycles in anticipation of that break," said Miller.

Organizations: Kwon Do Club

Geographic location: Regina, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Manitoba Winnipeg

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