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Gimli competes in world tournament

 by Twyla Siple, Interlake Spectator

The official provincial body for Sikaran and Arnis in Manitoba, the Manitoba Association for Sikaran Arnis, invited martial artists of all ages to compete in sayaw, laban, arnis/kali/eskrima, patalim, forms, sparring and weapons in the 6th World Sikaran Tournament on May 5 at the Royal Bank Convention Centre in Winnipeg. 
 
The tournament ran all day and welcomed Australia, the United States, Mexico and the Philippines to compete for world titles in Canada. Three martial artists from the RM of Gimli brought home medals, making them world champions in their divisions.
 
Interlake Competitors
Manitoba Training's Kali Tribe Academy Beach's Family Martial Arts Club made the journey from Gimli that, compared to those who made the journey from half-way around the globe, was relatively short at approximately 90 kilometres.
 
The club’s Interlake KTA club members competed in the beginners under 17 division, coached by Sifu Guro Eddie Miller Jr. Matt Smith of Gimli brought home second in stick sparring and third in empty hand forms and knife. Josh Tourand of Sandy Hook brought home second in weapons and third in sparring and knife, and Will Smith of Gimli brought home gold in weapons forms, silver in empty hand forms and knife sparring, and bronze in stick sparring.
 
Miller coached his Winnipeg students at the tournament as well, including his intermediate adult club member Greg Pitre of Winnipeg, who came in second in his division’s weapons, third in stick and knife sparring. Miller’s 10-year-old daughter, Myah, brought home gold in beginners stick sparring.
 
Government support
St. Norbert MLA Jon Reyes and Southdale MLA Andrew Smith were honoured at the tournament for supporting their finances by connecting them with the Minister of Sport, Culture and Heritage, Hon. Cathy Cox. Together they secured a grant of $11,000 to help organizers reduce the competitors entrance fees, secure the world class facility, the RBC convention centre, and promote Winnipeg, Manitoba for the world stage, according to their facebook page. 
 
Last year, the fifth world tournament was held in March at Baras Gym in Baras, Rizal, home of Sikaran, in the Philippines. 
 
Hosted by the World Sikaran Brotherhood of Canada Director and SASMAC President, Sikaran Grand Master Dante Alambra, the purpose of MASA is to promote fairness and ensure that all Sikaran and/or arnis tournaments are hosted in a safe, fair, and ethical manner for all athletes involved, according to their website. MASA ensures that safety standards are met in accordance to their constitution and by-laws.
 
For more information, see 6th World Sikaran Tournament or visit masamartialarts.ca and sikaranarnis.wixsite.com/winnipeg.
 


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