Master Kim's Black Belt Academy Holds Annual In-House Tournament

On Saturday, April 6 Master Kimís Black Belt Academy, located in Bechtelsville, held their 18th Annual In-House Tournament. Students of all ages and belt levels from The Academy were eligible to compete in four events. The events were hammer fist board breaking, side kick board breaking, forms, and sparring. Each event was broken into divisions, as fairly as possible, according to age and belt level. Awards for first through fourth place were given to each competitor for their outstanding efforts.

Doors were open at 9:00 am for competitors to register and warm up for the dayís activities. The Academy was packed with family members, relatives, and friends who were there to support the participants. By 10:00, the spectators were seated and the competitors were ready to start the tournament.

The winners in the hammer fist board breaking division were as follows:

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Division 1: 1st place, Kyle Kelsch; 2nd place, Chase Bartman. Division 2:1st place, Michael Gatto; 2nd place, Joanna Mc Clelland; 3rd place, Christopher Haydt. Division 3: 1st place, Matthew Mokris; 2nd place, Matthew Hook. Division 4: 1st place, Jillian Meitzler; 2nd place Keely Woodruff; 3rd place, Veronica Mc Clelland; 4th place, Grayden Kramer. Division 5: 1st place, Nicholas Brown. Division 6: 1st place, Clayton Stauffer; 2nd place, Matthew Pavelko-Fox; 3rd place, Nicholas Gehringer.

The winners in the side kick board breaking division were as follows:

Division 1: 1st place, Kyle Kelsch; 2nd place, Chase Bartman. Division 2: Michael Gatto; 2nd place, Christopher Haydt; 3rd place, Grayden Kramer. Division 3: 1st place, Veronica Mc Clelland; 2nd place, Jillian Meitzler. Division 4: 1st place, Matthew Mokris. Division 5: 1st place, Nicholas Brown; 2nd place, Korina Zambrano. Division 6: 1st place, Matthew Pavelko-Fox; 2nd place, Clayton Stauffer; 3rd place, Nicholas Gehringer; 4th place, Britni Greene.

The winners in the forms divisions were as follows: Division 1: 1st place, Hunter Healy; 2nd place, Kyle Kelsch. Division 2: 1st place, 1st place, Michael Gatto. Division 3:1st place, Christopher Haydt, 2nd place, Chase Bartman. Division 4: 1st place, Grayden Kramer; 2nd place, Mackenzie Healy; 3rd place, Joanna Mc Clelland. Division 5: 1st place, Jillian Meitzler; 2nd place, Veronica Mc Clelland. Division 6: 1st place, Keely Woodruff. Division 7: 1st place, Matthew Hook. Division 8: 1st place, Matthwe Mokris. Division 9: 1st place, Korina Zambrano; 2nd place, Nicholas Brown. Division 10: 1st place, Clayton Stauffer; 2nd place Matthwe Pavelko-Fox; 3rd place, Britni Greene; 4th place Nicholas Gehringer.

The winners in the free sparring divisions were as follows: Division 1: 1st place, Chase Bartman; 2nd place, Kyle Kelsch. Division 2: 1st place, Michael Gatto; 2nd place, Christopher Haydt. Division 3: 1st place, Grayden Kramer; 2nd place, Mackenzie Healy; 3rd place, Joanna Mc Clelland. Division 4: 1st place, Jillian Meitzler; 2nd place, Veronica Mc Clelland. Division 5: 1st place, Matthew Hook; 2nd place, Matthew Mokris. Division 6: 1st place, Korina Zambrano; 2nd place, Nicholas Brown. Division 7: 1st place, Clayton Stauffer; 2nd place, Britni Greene; 3rd place, Matthew Pavelko-Fox: 4th place, Nicholas Gehringer.

According to Master Kurt G. Miller, owner of the Academy, ďThere are a lot of lessons to be learned by competing that will carry over into other areas of my studentsí lives. They learn to prepare ahead of time for difficult situations that they may be confronted with. They also learn the value of good sportsmanship and fair play. Another important lesson to be learned is how to deal with defeat, and to not quit in the face of adversary. I was very proud of how my students conducted themselves, whether they won or lost. The winners didnít brag about their victories, and those who did not win accepted defeat gracefully. All in all, I thought it was a good experience for everyone who came out and gave it their all.Ē

On Saturday, April 20, students from Master Kimís will be traveling to Southern Lehigh High School, in Center Valley, Pa. to compete in the 34th Annual 2013 Keystone State Invitational Tae Kwon Do Championship Tournament. This event will be hosted by Grand Master Jon Chung Kim of Allentown PA.