Local dojo knocks out top finishes | TheUnion.com

Local dojo knocks out top finishes

Owen Garner competes in a sparring event during a recent competition in Folsom. Garner trains at Grass Valley Kenpo Family Karate.
Submitted by Danny Garner |

In October a small group of students from Grass Valley Kenpo Family Karate traveled to Redding to compete in Scott Halsey’s Karate Championships and managed a strong showing, including some first-place finishes in adult women’s sparring and youth forms.

Over the weekend, four students from the school traveled to Folsom for Brandon Hubbard’s Karate Championships and once again had a strong showing.

In the 7-8-year-old beginner division, Josh Trace took first place in both forms and sparring. In the 9-10-year-old beginners division, Owen Garner took home the top spot in sparring and second place in forms, and T.J. Vaughan came in second in sparring and third in forms. Xabi Arriaga came in third place in the 10-11-year-old beginners division.

“We are not a tournament school, and we only compete in a handful of these each year to challenge our students, but they always work hard, step up to the challenge and perform well,” instructor David Garcia said. “We are lucky to have such a great group of kids and parents. It’s amazing to see the confidence they gain through competition.”

The school’s next competition isn’t until February when it plans to head back up to Redding.

For information on Grass Valley Kenpo Family Karate, you can visit t http://KenpofamilyKarate.com or contact the school by email at kenpofamilykarate@gmail.com.

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