Seven qualifying members of Vilcu’s Karate Klub competed in the 2012 Martial Arts Association provincial championships on Oct. 20 in Prince Albert.
The provincial tournament was held in conjunction with the Canadian Open Martial Arts Association nationals. Athletes from the Vilcu’s Karate Klub won medals at both the provincial and national level.
“I am very proud of this team that competed in the provincial championships,” said Sensei Harold Vilcu. “In several situations, our club students had eliminated all the other competitors and had to compete against their own teammate.”
“All of the athletes have qualified to be on the Canadian team this year, that might go to Austria in the fall of 2013,” added Vilcu. “As a result, they will be competing in many competitions just to keep up their competitiveness and hone their abilities to compete on the world level.”
The following athletes won a provincial championship medal: Alex Van Staveren, point sparring; Billy Vilcu; weapons form; Dena Bachorcik, point sparring; Michelle Hogg, point sparring; and Trinity Rooks, forms.
Earning a runner-up spot at the provincial level were Andre Stefan, forms and point sparring; Darcy Rooks, point sparring and forms; and Alex Van Staveren, weapon forms.
The following are the results for the COMAA nationals open martial arts championships. Andre Stefan won gold in forms and weapon sparring. Michelle Hogg won gold in weapon sparring and silver in forms and point sparring. Alex Van Staveren won gold in points sparring and bronze in forms, weapons forms and weapon sparring.
Billy Vilcu won gold in weapon forms. Dean Bachorcik won gold in point sparring. Darcey Rooks won silver in forms and weapons sparring and bronze in point sparring. Trinity Rooks placed fourth in forms.
Darcy King, competing with the club from Rooks Karate and Fitness, placed fourth in kick boxing, point sparring and weapon sparring.
The next tournament for the Vilcu Karate Klub will be at the Estevan Tai-Kwon-Do tournament on Saturday, Nov. 3. They will also be competing in Melville on Saturday, Nov. 24.