Local Martial Artists Win 18 Medals In Michigan

October 3, 2017

The students of the Champion Academy of Martial Arts East and West participated in the annual Michigan Cup International Championships held in Kalamazoo, Michigan, bringing home an impressive 18 medals.

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This group of athletes collected a total of 18 medals; 10 gold, 6 silver, 2 bronze and the title of black belt grand champion was won by Head instructor Umar Durrant.

The Michigan Cup is one of the largest Tae Kwon Do championships in the Great Lakes area and has evolved into an international event with participants from countries including Canada, Bermuda, Korea, and Mexico.

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The local Taekwondo Players that competed in the event included Arianna Smith, Brianna Smith, Sivaja Perinchief, Al-Shae Landy, Nikai Dyer, Asreal Basden, Dwayne Creary , Josi Butterfield, and Umar Durant.

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Taekwondo Tournament Results

Arianna Smith

  • Rank: 2nd Gup
  • Board Breaking – 1st Place
  • Sparring – 2nd Place

Brianna Smith

  • Rank: 1st Poom
  • Sparring – 3rd Place

Sivaja Perinchief

  • Rank: 8th Gup
  • Forms – 1st Place
  • Sparring – 1st Place
  • Board Breaking – 3rd Place

Al-Shae Landy

  • Rank: 6th Gup
  • Board Breaking – 1st Place
  • Forms – 1st Place and 2nd Place
  • Sparring: Forfeited

Nikai Dyer

  • Rank: 1st Dan
  • Sparring – 1st Place

Asreal Basden

  • Rank: 5th Gup
  • Sparring – 1st Place

Dwayne Creary

  • Rank: 8th gup
  • Sparring: 2nd Place

Josi Butterfield

  • Rank: 6th Gup
  • Breaking 2nd Place
  • Sparring: 2nd Place

Umar Durant

  • Rank: 2nd Dan
  • Board Breaking: 1st Place
  • Forms: 1st Place
  • 2017 Forms Grand Champion

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  1. Are you kidding me . says:

    Beautiful job,congratulations to each and everyone..

  2. Real Deal says:

    how dose the little one in the front have the same belt as the guy on the left?

    • Anonymous says:

      They both must have started around the same time. The color of the belts are not for the age of the student, but the skill.