Bean and Renfroe retain titles
Defending forms champions Kent Bean and Jasmyn Renfroe retained their titles in the Advanced divisions at the 24th edition of the Skippy KICK Open Martial Arts tournament.
Bean was denied a triple crown when we lost to Chris Lobosco of Connecticut in sparring, although he won the junior weapons division.
Lobosco placed second in junior weapons and third in advanced empty hand forms.
The championships, held over the weekend at the Pembroke Sunday School, attracted a good entry including repeat competitor Grandmaster Bob Cheezic and students from Connecticut Tang Soo Doh.
The mens’ black belt division was uncontested in both forms and weapons with Chris De Fontes taking two walkover victories.
The mens’ over-40 division saw Anthony Leader winning both empty hand forms and weapons forms on his way to becoming forms grandchampion.
Chris De Fontes took the weapons grandchampionship.
Sparring winners for the respective age groups included Ryley Mason (Girls 8-10), Dean Lottimore (Boys 6-7) and Luis Pontes (Boys 8-9).
The most competitive sparring category was the boys ten to 11 group in which Anzar Talbot defeated Nathaniel Simmons 4-1 in the final match, after squeaking by Shaun Prinsloo 2-1 in the second round.
Prinsloo lost to Deandre Simmons 6-3 to finish fourth overall.
In the boys 14 to15, Seth Roberts defeated Kynya Watson 4-1 in round one and Jordan DeShields 5-2 in the final.
The last category of sparring saw Bean losing 7-1 to Chris Lobosco, who then blanked Connecticut team-mate Jonathan Robinson 2-0 for the gold medal.