Clockwise from front: Autumn Carlson (11) of Winnipeg Beach, Sydney Gislason (14) of Gimli, Noah Carlson (13) of Winnipeg Beach, Delaney Bruce (14) of Broad Valley, Jacob Carlson (15) of Winnipeg Beach, Marshall Nault (14) of Sandyhook, Landon Larock (14) of Gimli, and Grayson Gislason (7) of Gimli.
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Gimli’s TK Tae Kwon Do club is bringing martial arts medals home to the Interlake.
Sensei Debby Kutcher took six of her eleven Gimli TK Tae Kwon Do club’s students to the TK Invitational Tournament in Beausejour, February 17.
“They had a lot of fun,” Kutcher said. “Seeing how my students gave a 110% when they walked on the competition floor and how proud everyone was (of) their accomplishments,” she said.
Hosted by Terry Kostiniuk at the Brokenhead Community Hall, the tournament was an all day event that included Bae’s Martial Arts, Winnipeg Sikaran, Plum Blossom Kung Fu, Kenora Karate Club, Weyburn Karate Club as well as Gimli’s TK group, amongst others.
All of Kutcher’s students placed in the tournament, meaning they finished in the top four in their rankings.
Grayson Gislason, a seven-year-old yellow belt, or beginner, placed fourth in patterns. Sydney Gislason, a 14-year-old yellow belt placed second in patterns and Marshall Nault of Sandy Hook, a 13-year-old yellow belt, placed first in sparring and first in patterns.
Jacob Carlson of Winnipeg Beach, a 15-year-old red double stripe, or advanced, placed third in sparring. Autumn Carlson, an 11-year-old blue stripe, or intermediate, placed second in sparring; and Noah Carlson, a 13-year-old blue stripe placed first in sparring.
In Weyburn, Sask., Noah and Autumn Carlson both placed fourth in sparring. They were the only members of their club that attended.
“My new students can’t wait for the next tournament.” Kutcher said. She told The Interlake Spectator that parents of the students enjoyed seeing the diverse ages of competetors ranging from four to 67 years old.
“One student (said they) loved to see the different martial arts perform their patterns.” she said.
Bae’s Martial Arts Manitoba Open Provincial Tryouts Tournament at Canad Inns in Transcona is coming up on April 28 and the Sixth World Sikaran Tournament will be held at the Royal Bank Convention Centre in Winnipeg May 5.
Terry Kostiniuk founded TK Tae Kwon Do and its clubs have been in Manitoba for 32 years since the East Selkirk Club was opened by the Happy Thought School.
Currently both TK East Selkirk and TK Anola have 35 members, TK Tyndal and TK Beausejour both have 10 members and TK Gimli has 11 members, amounting to 101 members in Manitoba.
“You gain confidence, awareness to surroundings, discipline, fitness, strength, flexibility, self defense and new friends,” said Kutcher of her TK Tae Kwon Do martial arts clubs whose student range from beginners to intermediate, to advanced.
“If a student is committed to learning and practicing, a black belt could be achieved in four and a half years,” Kutcher said.
Kutcher has been teaching for eight years and is a first degree black belt, getting ready for her second degree testing in a few months.
Kutcher’s TK Gimli Club runs every Monday and Thursday at Sigurbjorg Stephansson Early School from 6:30 to 8 p.m. September through June.
You can start anytime during season and all ages are welcome.
For more information, call Kutcher at 204-481-1179.