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Martial artists shine in Michigan

Local martial artists will return home from the Michigan Cup with a slew of medals in their cargo tomorrow.

The Island competitors from Champion Academy of Martial Arts (CAMA) and the Bermuda Taekwondo Association (BTA) will have in tow 11 gold, three silver, and three bronze, including Master Iejaa Caines' grand champion title in the Olympic fighting division.

He also claimed gold in the men's sparring.

The event, held in Kalamazoo, Michigan, saw martial artists compete in divisions from under-seven right up to Senior Men's and Women's categories.

“The students of the Champion Academy of Martial Arts (CAMA) and the Bermuda Taekwondo Association (BTA) competed at an elite level and the results were fantastic to say the least,” said founder of the CAMA Edmond Johnson.

“Special thanks to Master Richard Smith, president of the Bermuda Taekwondo Association, for his continued guidance and support and also the Department of Youth and Sport.”

Jose Dillas won the nine to ten year-old gold in forms and breaking, while Kieron Place won also won sparring and breaking in the under-sevens division.

Najee Pitt-Clarke had a weekend to remember as well, grabbing four medals in the 12 to 15 age group.

Included in the haul was two golds in breaking, and a gold and silver in sparring.

Nikia Dyer garnered gold and bronze in sparring and breaking respectively in the 10 to 11. Zainab Suluki earned fourth place in the 12 to 15 year-old sparring.

Brianna Smith, competing in the eight to nine age bracket, grabbed bronze in the forms, silver in sparring, and fourth in breaking.

Kenai Stowe snatched a silver medal in the 11 to 12 sparring, whilst Arianna Smith won gold in the nine to ten sparring.

An award was presented Johnson for co-directing the event, and the overall award for having the highest participation rate was also handed to local contingent.

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Published September 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm (Updated September 30, 2013 at 6:19 pm)

Martial artists shine in Michigan

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