Martial artists showcase talent in Lepercq memorial tournament
The Bermuda Karate Institute in conjunction with Shotocup hosted the 22nd annual Lepercq Memorial Traditional Martial Arts Tournament.
The tournament, held in honour of the late Paul Lepercq, highlights his contribution to martial arts in Bermuda and the level of local talent. The event showcased athletes from all the Bermuda Karate Federation member dojos.
After the opening ceremony by Ernest Peets, the Minister of Youth, Sport and Culture, Khwai Mendoza was the first local athlete in action, impressing in his age division of the kata division, followed by Dash Bailey taking the top prize in the youth black belt kata division.
There was also joy for Reuben Bean, a veteran in the sport, who prevailed in the men’s black belt kata division and overall black belt division, just as he had done 22 years ago in the first Lepercq Memorial Tournament.
The under-10 novice division had some amazing displays of traditional karate by Chan Simons and division winner T’orie Russell.
Spectators were also treated to the return of kumite — one of three main sections of karate training, along with kata and kihon — with an electrifying match between Michael Burgess and Sage DeSousa.
Bermuda's Talia Iris also made an appearance in both the kata and kobudo divisions, taking home gold medals in both disciplines.
The Lepercq Memorial Tournament marks the end of this tournament season for the Bermuda Karate Federation. The next season of events starts in October.