Shogun Martial Arts Academy athletes (from left) Kurtis Olsen

Shogun Martial Arts Academy athletes (from left) Kurtis Olsen

Martial artists medal at championships

Members of Williams Lake’s Shogun Martial Arts Academy brought home some hardware recently from the Western Canadian Championships.

Members of Williams Lake’s Shogun Martial Arts Academy brought home some hardware recently from the Western Canadian Championships held late October in Burnaby.

The event, hosted at the B.C. Institute of Technology, was a qualifier for next September’s Canadian National Martial Arts Association (CNMAA) World Championships.

“The students that placed in the top three in their SKIL (Sport Karate International League) divisions were invited to compete at the worlds to be held in the Lower Mainland in September of 2014,” said Shogun Martial Arts Academy Sensei Lee-Ann Lainchbury.

“As always we are proud of all the competitors and how they represented themselves and the club.”

Shogun Martial Arts Academy sent six competitors to the championships.

Tanna Lauriente battled to a gold meal in SKIL continuous fighting and a silver medal in SKIL point fighting.

Kurtis Olsen won a gold medal in World Karate and Kickboxing Council (WKC) continuous fighting and silver in SKIL continuous fighting.

In SKIL weapons forms Isaac Lauren picked up a gold and bronze medal, before winning another bronze medal in SKIL point fighting.

Raiden Lainchbury, in SKIL point fighting and SKIL continuous fighting, won bronze medals in both divisions.

Macy Lainchbury started the tournament off strong by winning her first point fighting match but was defeated in her next two, putting her in fourth place overall. She also finished fifth in kata.

Liam Lauren, meanwhile, picked up his personal best in point fighting and kata but finished just out of the medals.

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