Karate students excel at Tournament of Champions

Sam Stanton (left) finished as runner up to the Grand Champion, while Maxx Stanton (right) captured his second title.

Sam Stanton (left) finished as runner up to the Grand Champion, while Maxx Stanton (right) captured his second title.

On April 26-28, the Tournament of Champions All American Karate Cup was held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The tournament included over 1,300 competitors from the quad-state area and is the second largest karate tournament held in Minnesota, second only to Diamond Nationals.

Local competitors included 80 students from the Waconia Dojo. Of those 80, Waconia advanced four of its six Black Belts to the Grand Championship Round. In the 12 and under category, Maxx Stanton won his second Grand Championship Title. Also placing in the Grand Championship Round were Sam Stanton (runner up) and Ben Morris (fifth runner up). Jenna Grochow achieved third runner up in her creative form in a very tough 13-17 age category. Trevor Mulroy and Hannah Nielsen also competed at the Black Belt level and did amazingly well with the tough competition.

In addition to Forms competition, the tournament included exciting Black Belt Sparring matches where Waconia’s very own Trevor Stockmann took second place after a number of overtime matches with the first place winner. Jose Mendoza was a “tank” in the ring and placed well.

The Intermediate Mega Team “Light ‘em Up”, from Waconia Dojo, placed third at the Tournament of Champions All American Karate Cup in late April.

The Intermediate Mega Team “Light ‘em Up”, from Waconia Dojo, placed third at the Tournament of Champions All American Karate Cup in late April.

The Intermediate Mega Team “Light ‘em Up” took third place out of 31 competitive Mega Teams from the quad-state area. In addition, several Team Evolution students placed high in their divisions including Liam Mathistad and Brad Meyer who both won in traditional forms.

New students also weathered the competition well, including a first place win by Cole Nelson. Lily Herzog and Daniel Johnson were also in the top three of their One Steps Division. The Waconia Dojo is owned and run by Janelle Cote. Congratulations to all the competitors and local sponsors, including Green Leaf, Peggy Schumm CPA Ltd, Sun Patriot papers and Bob’s Repair of Mayer.

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