Sports Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Area athletes compete in martial arts

A team of martial arts competitors from Peninsula Martial Arts traveled to Anchorage to compete in Sensei Jim Grady’s Renbukai of Alaska Karate Tournament on April 7.

The area athletes competed in three divisions. In the kata division, choreographed routines depict an imaginary fighting sequence. The kata are exercises that help martial artists develop balance, strength and flexibility while instilling useful self-defense moves and combinations in the mind and body.

In the weapons division, students showed their skills with traditional rice-harvesting tools in mock combat against an invisible sword-wielding attacker.

In the kumite division, intense sparring took place.

Some of the advanced and black belt teenagers expressed an interest in one day competing in the men’s and women’s black belt divisions at the tournament, which get the most crowd response.

Peninsula Martial Arts will have an in-school tournament on May 20. If somebody wishes to join Peninsula Martial Arts, there is still time to compete in the beginning division at that tournament. For more information about Peninsula Martial Arts, call 260-6677.

Sensei Jim Grady’s Renbukai of Alaska Karate Tournament

April 7 in Anchorage

Listed are Peninsula Martial Arts competitors, their age groups and divisions, and any first, second or third places they achieved.

Ashley Gerola, 10-11 black belt, 2nd in kata; Colten Jensen, 16-17 black belt, 1st in weapons, 2nd in kumite, 2nd in kata; Erin Powers, 16-17 black belt, 1st in kumite, 2nd in weapons, 3rd in kata; Linnea Powers, 14-15 black belt, 2nd in kumite, 3rd in kata, 3rd in weapons; Ancel Ware, 16-17 black belt, 1st in kata, 1st in kumite; Rosemarie O’Lena, 14-15 black belt, 1st in kumite; Elizabeth Keyes, 10-11 brown belt, 1st in kumite, 3rd in kata; Margie Johnson, women’s advanced, 1st in kata, 2nd in kumite; Vlad Ferderer, 12-13 advanced, 1st in kata, 1st in kumite; Troy Stroer, 8-9 intermediate, 1st in kata; Kaleb Franke, men’s intermediate, 2nd in kata; Hannah Torreano, 8-9 beginner, no placements; Melissa Humphrey, women’s beginner, 1st in kata, 3rd in kumite; Brodi Perkins, 8-9 beginner, 1st in kata, 2nd in kumite; Jon Standerfer, 8-9 beginner, 1st in kata; Andrew Slade, 8-9 white belt, 1st in kata; Robert Herr, 14-15 white belt, 1st in kata, 2nd in kumite; Alyssa Rosin, 12-13 brown belt, 2nd in kumite; Joshua Anglebrandt, 10-11 beginner, no placements; Vanessa Angelbrandt, 7-8 beginner, no placements.

Soccer games postponed

The soccer games between Kenai and Nikiski that had been scheduled for today at Nikiski have been postponed due to unplayable fields.

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