Students from YMATC recently travelled to two tournaments with many podium appearances. The Yorkton based martial arts club travelled to two tournaments in the past weeks an saw some very impressive results, representing Yorkton on the martial arts stage with some dominating performances in various disciplines. YMATC trains a variety of fighters in various martial arts forms including weapons fighting, forms, kickboxing, and grappling. All of these skills and forms were on display as YMATC took to the road in Regina and Melville recently.
On Saturday, May 26 the club traveled to the Can-Am Classic Open tournament in Regina/Balgonie. The club earned two medals in the very competitive tournament. Gracynn Gurniak-Hudy finished first in musical forms while Issac Fayant finished second in point sparring giving YMATC a respectable showing in the Regina/Balgonie tournament.
Sunday June 3 Sil Foo Kung Fu hosted a invitation tournament held in Melville attended by the YMATC club, which dominated the medal podium. Zachary Franklin finished first in point and weapons sparring in his age group as well as Taylor Greba. Damon Crowe-Buffalo finished first in form, first in weapon sparring and second in points sparring. Fayant also finished first in weapons sparring as well as taking home second and third place finishes in the form and point sparring events.
Carter Matychuk continued the YMATC trophy haul with a first place form finish and second place in point sparring, as well as Mason Devos-Payne who placed second in form as well as third place finishes in weapons sparring, point sparring, and weapons form. Gurniak-Hudy continued to impress from Regina, taking a first place finish in form and a second place finish in weapons sparring. Stephen Abrametz took first place in heavyweight grappling, while Lane LaBelle took second in light kickboxing as well as a third place finish in the heavyweight grappling event.
The LaBelle family also continued their winning ways in the grappling competition as Colton LaBelle took a first place finish in the youth level. Josh Moreira and Andrew Weber took first and second place finishes in the lightweight and heavyweight grappling competitions respectively to round out what was a dominating weekend for the Yorkton martial arts club. For more information on YMATC events and programs contact Chief Instructor Michael Forester at 621-155.