Hallett competes at North East Open

Mary Hallett, who is a student and part of the teaching staff at Pazzaglia's American Kenpo & Karate in Johnstown, recently competed at the North East Open in Albany. Hallett, left, is pictured with Pazzaglia's owner and chief instructor Joe Pazzaglia. (Photo submitted)

ALBANY — Gloversville’s Mary Hallett recently competed in the North East Open Tournament held at the Albany City Center.

Hallett is a student and part of the teaching staff at Pazzaglia’s American Kenpo & Karate, located at 81 Briggs St. in Johnstown.

The Northeast Open is the largest tournament in the capital region and featured more than 1,000 competitors.

Hallett has been training in the martial arts for 25 years and currently holds the rank of third-degree black belt.

With little time to prepare, Hallett still trained very hard and was coached by her instructor Joe Pazzaglia, who is the owner/chief instructor at Pazzaglia’s American Kenpo & Karate.

Hallett’s efforts paid off as she won both of her divisions, taking first place in fighting and first place in creative forms.

“I am really happy for her and proud of her accomplishments. I can provide suggestions and advice all day long but at the end of the day, they have to do the work,” Pazzaglia said in a news release. “We spent a lot of time reviewing her forms, sparring, fighting and doing pad work to prepare. She is competing at an entirely different level than most at this rank and it is far more demanding. Mary has a very driven spirit and I can see her competing at a semi-pro level.”

Pazzaglia’s American Kenpo & Karate is located at 81 Briggs St. in Johnstown, and offers martial arts seminars, demonstrations, anti-bullying and children’s abduction prevention programs.

For more information, visit the club’s Facebook page or call (518) 775-0695.