Medals at wrap up tournament

Katie Brickman
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There were many lessons learned this season.

The Five Hills Chito Ryu Karate Club recently travelled to Edmonton, Alta. for the Satewin Friendship Tournament. The club sent 11 competitors and brought home a combined 21 medals. Front row (L-R), Jordan Coates and Ryland Morhart. Middle row, Brett McLean, Jacob Selby, Janae Morhart and Callum Maitland. Back row; Colin Rosnes (instructor), Brandon Rosnes, Owen McNabb, Emma Coates and Nancy Rosnes (instructor). Times-Herald photo by Katie Brickman

At the final wrap up tournament, the Five Hills Chito Ryu Karate Club put everything they have learned together to win a combined 21 medals.

The club sent 11 competitors to the Satewin Friendship tournament in Edmonton, Alta. recently and everyone won a medal.

“Confidence was the biggest thing I noticed to come out of this. It is nice to see that confidence grow throughout the year and they are actually applying that confidence,” said instructor Colin Rosnes. “From a technical standpoint, their basics are all improving. They are applying what we taught them throughout the year and we will just keep building on that.”

The tournament had almost 100 competitors from Alberta and Saskatchewan and the local club sent kids ranging in age from seven to 14 years old.

This was the fourth tournament for Emma Coates and she won a bronze in team kata.

“I feel like I am getting stronger,” she said. “I am proud of myself what I’ve done.”

This was the third competition for Jacob Selby and had to deal with some nerves and some adversity before winning silver in kata and kumite.

“I am proud that I was able to push through when I cut my toe,” he said. “There were a lot of kids there and it was a little intimidating, but I feel more confident.”

Brett McLean also competed in his fourth tournament, winning a gold in kata and a bronze in kumite. 

“I knew if I tried my best, it didn’t matter if I won a medal,” McLean said.

As the kids head into the off-season, Rosnes hopes they take what they learnt and put that into the daily lives.

“My hope is that they take it home into their lives, into school. We want them to wait their turn, be patient and being respectful. That is the direction I want them to talk in life,” he said. “Each year, we want to build a deeper foundation than the year before.”

Callum Maitland won bronze in kata and kumite, Brandon Roses won gold in kata, and Janae Morhart won bronze in team kata, silver in kata and bronze in kumite. Rylan Morhart won bronze in team kata, gold in kata and in kumite, Owen McNabb won silver in kata and gold in kumite and Kristupas Seirys won gold in kumite. Autumn Norman won bronze in kata and gold in kumite and Jordan Coates won bronze in kata and kumite.

“The biggest one that stood out to me was Jordan (Coates). This was his second tournament. In his first tournament, he sat out — he put on his outfit and sat and watched,” said Rosnes. “In his second one, he put it on and took two bronze medals. That is the confidence I was referring to. He is so shy and quiet. It was nice to see him come out and actually succeed.”

Geographic location: Edmonton, Alberta, Saskatchewan

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