Lots of 1sts for Valley’s Cal Martial Arts team in second competition
After a successful 2011 tournament season-opener at the Lama’s Kenpo Karate Ultimate Slam Championships in Albany, the Valley’s California Martial Arts Institute team delivered another fine showing last month at the United Championships in McCormick Hall at the Vallejo fairgrounds.
A group of young California Martial Arts competitors made their tourney debuts at the event, with two youths reaching the Grand Champion Division.
William Godwin turned in an outstanding performance, battling to a double tie in his kata division before winning the first-place trophy and advancing to the Grand Champion division and finishing a strong second-place.
Tim DeVaul, using agility and hand-speed, claimed a first-place trophy and reached the Grand Championship round, where he split two matches.
Haliel Juarez used his experience and solid technical skills to claim a first-place trophy.
Francisco Ramirez, making his competitive debut, turned in an eye-opening effort by dominating his two opponents and taking home a well-deserved first-place trophy.
Peter Duffy used his height and talent to overcome an experienced opponent in his first-ever match and captured a first-place trophy.
Elias Chavez’s strong sparring effort in only his second tournament garnered him kata first-place in the First Time Division.
Andrew Beatty, competing against a talented field in the deep kata division, earned a fourth-place in his group, and then went on to take home second-place honors in the Muay Thai Kickboxing division.
Charlie Beatty’s solid kata earned him second-place, and, as the smallest competitor in the Muay Thai Kickboxing division, finished in third-place.
Isaac Grubb’s achieved second-place in his first-ever competition.
Dante Chipchase competed for the first time and took home second-place.
Lilly Anne Beatty battled hard and ended with a third-place finish.
In the adult division, Steve Brumme put on an eye-opening performance in the Okinanwan Iron Crutches kata and went on to capture a solid second-place finish.
Anyone interested in joining the Valley’s California Martial Arts Institute – which is open seven days a week and is located in the old school district building next to the library at 721-C W. Napa St. – or for more information, call 938-9478, or visit the website at www.calmartialarts.com.