(Denver, CO) – Beautiful Colorado is well known for spring snow storms and for great martial arts events. This past weekend was testament to that fact. The blizzard set a beautiful backdrop for the 2013 Twin Dragon Tournament. It was held, as usual, in the spacious gym at Metro State College of Denver. Hosting the event was KAT Taekwondo. The excitement was energized and maintained throughout the day, by the KAT crew, the reliable COSTA officials, and the many volunteers. This martial arts event brought together many different disciplines from all over the state and beyond. There were over 325 competitors, making it the largest tournament by any COSTA school in recent years. A cool addition was the Kung Fu: Spectators found their forms to be very fluid and well balanced. Also, events in Olympic sparring, grappling, forms, board breaking, demonstrations, weapons, and blaster pad all took place. All the competitors were winners, and along with the awesome coveted magnetic interlocking medals, awarded solely by KAT events, additional prizes and a cash purse was also to be had.
An interesting element to the Twin Dragons Tournament was the different teams supporting different area elementary schools. The energy was high, with many teams very close to each other in strength. You can see how the final results came out. A big bow along with a big round of applause goes out to the students that supported their schools.[/caption]
When broken down by the various events, the top winners are as follows: The poomsae event went to Greenwood Options and Global Village Academy. The demo event was won by Global Village Academy and Aurora Quest. Greenwood Options and Global Village worked their way to the top in board breaking. The grappling event tied up with Global Village and Crescent View, while the top sparring award went to Crescent View and Quest. Some really cool Grand Champion Belts were awarded, too. They went to Rey Martinez, Jibreal Jones, Riley Ward, Isabella Walsh, SirGregory Solonis, & Laron Younger.
In closing, the Twin Dragons Tournament was a great success, in terms of competitor satisfaction and family fun! Personally, my favorites were the Black-belt Demo Team, with board breaking skills that were high-flying and very energetic, and the blaster pads, that are always a hit for any and all that try. I look forward towards the next Twin Dragon Tournament. In the mean time, we must train and watch the schedule for upcoming martial arts events. Go to: cotkd.com to find out more on martial arts events in and around your area. If you wood like to attend the next KAT event, go to: kattaekwondo.com.