Eric and Paul Crawford with Sensei Garth Templeman at the provincial karate tournament.
Two Arnprior School of Karate students competed at the CJKF Ontario Provincial Tournament in Scarborough recently, returning home with medals - and bragging rights.
Eric Crawford competed in the 9-and-under boys green/purple belt category and won gold in kata (forms) and silver in kumite (fighting).
His older brother, Paul Crawford, competed in the 10-13 boys green/purple belts category and won silver in kumite.
More than 260 participants from almost 20 schools across the province participated in the tournament. The Arnprior club promises it will have more competitors at the tournament next year.
When asked about their experience, the boys said it was challenging and lots of fun. It was a great experience and I would definitely do it again, said Paul.
“Overall it was a great experience and they look forward to competing again next year ... and maybe later this year at the nationals,” said Marie-Hélène, mother of the two boys.
She and husband, Mark, are also students and love the training.
They noted the standards at the tournament were very high and it was nice to be able to compare their sons’ progress with others their age and from other parts of the province.
“We really appreciate everything Sensei Garth and Sempei France do for us and the boys,” Mark said. “It was a very rewarding experience for all.”
Sensei Garth Templeman and Sempei France Guillemette congratulated the two boys on their achievements.
“We're extremely proud of what these students have accomplished,” said Sensei Garth. “Actually we're proud of all our students.
“We train hard in Ottawa under Sensei Saeki, who is seventh degree and chief instructor for the Canada JKA Karate Federation. To be able to learn from him is a great honor and we're happy to be able to pass that on to our students here. It’s humbling to think we're training people here in Arnprior that can compete at a provincial and national level.”
The Arnprior School of Karate is a proud member of the worldwide Japanese Karate Association (JKA) and is located at 15 Galvin St. (upstairs in the Curling Club).
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