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Sunnyside martial arts school trophies at Benton City tournament

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Showing off their hardware earned at the Benton City martial arts tournament last week are (L-R) Amador Gonzalez, Konrad Grabner, Efrain Gonzalez, Kylie Waterman, Omar Gonzalez and Grand Master Lupe Gonzales.

BENTON CITY - Martial artists from the Northwest Tae Kwon Do Association, a martial arts school in Sunnyside, competed in the inaugural Benton City Open Martial Arts Tournament last Saturday.

The squad from Sunnyside fared well, garnering nine trophies at the tournament.

Created to give martial arts students an opportunity to compete with members of other clubs, the tournament featured two events. The first was kata, which is when individual competitors demonstrate choreographed movements. The other event was kumite, which is sparring between two competitors.

Northwest Tae Kwon Do Association student Konrad Grabner, competing in the advanced 12 to 14-year-old division, grabbed three trophies at last week's tournament. Grabner earned a first place trophy in kumite, a first place trophy in kata and a second place finish in weapons kata.

Teammate Kylie Waterman, competing in the advanced 15 to 16-year-old division, also earned three trophies. She was first in kumite, first in kata and third in weapons kata.

Efrain Gonzalez gave the Sunnyside school its seventh trophy on the day when he placed second in kumite in the advanced 12 to 14-year-old age class.

The youngest member of the Sunnyside contingent was Amador Gonzalez, competing in the advanced five to seven-year-old division. He earned a first place trophy in kumite.

Omar Gonzalez, competing in the advanced eight to 11-year-old age class, placed fourth in kumite.

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