ZDK students compete in tourney

Students of the American Zen Do Kai Martial Arts School in Johnstown recently competed in their annual school tournament. (Photo submitted)

Students of the American Zen Do Kai Martial Arts School in Johnstown recently competed in their annual school tournament. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN — Students of the American Zen Do Kai Martial Arts School in Johnstown recently competed in their annual school tournament. AZDK students compete in this in-house event each year in order to gain experience for upcoming tournaments.

“Tournament competition is an exciting part of what we do here at the school,” said Robert Streeter, chief instructor at the Johnstown school. “The club tournament gives the students a good ‘dress rehearsal’ for the competitions we attend each year, and it teaches them how to compete and do their very best, while learning good sportsmanship as well.”

“The families that attend the in-school tournament are always pleased with the progress the students are showing with their confidence levels, martial arts skills and how much fun they have during and after the competition,” said Bonnie Streeter. “This is a great opportunity for the newer students to watch the more advanced members perform and see what they can achieve by continuing their training.”

In advanced adult division competition, Ryan Dorfman won a gold medal in form and a gold medal in sparring. Blake Blessing won silver medals in both form and sparring.

A number of the advanced junior members entered the event.

Julien Gomez won the gold medal in sparring and silver medal in forms. Alexis Gluliano won a gold medal in form and a silver medal in sparring. Matthew Reichel took a gold medal in sparring and a silver medal in form, and Tristan Chan won silver in sparring and the bronze medal in form. Ethan Waufle won a gold medal in form and bronze for sparring.

The intermediate junior club members were well represented at the event.

Ian Horning won the gold medal in weapons and a silver medal in sparring and kata.

Tyler Downing won gold in sparring, a gold medal in form and a silver in weapons. Ruby Welch won a silver medal in both forms and sparring. Molly Cook was awarded a gold medal in form and sparring.

Also in intermediate junior competition, Jack Flynn won the silver in form and in the same event, Evan Bianco won a gold medal.

Five members of the beginning junior class at the club entered competition for the first time.

Elliot Henry won a gold medal in form, Cole Sanders won the silver and Oliver Dustin won bronze in the same event. Camdon Lovisa won gold in form and Atticus May won silver in the same event.

The ZDK Johnstown students compete in several area martial arts tournaments each year.

For more information, call (518) 762-4723 or visit the club website for the latest news, including community events, and back to school specials at www.americanzendokai.com.

Photos and tournament results are also posted to Facebook at www.facebook.com/AZDKUSA.

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