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Local young martial artists medal in Elliot Lake

Korean Martial Arts Centre of Sudbury students went head to head against competitors from other northern cities at the Northern Ontario Martial Arts Championship last month
The crew of the Korean Martial Arts Centre in Sudbury and Valley East celebrate their performance at the Northern Ontario Martial Arts Championship, held in Elliot Lake at the end of April. Supplied

The Northern Ontario Martial Arts Championship (NOMAC) made its much-awaited comeback April 22 after a pandemic-imposed break. 

The tournament was hosted by the Korean Martial Arts Centre (KMAC) in Elliot Lake and drew more than 140 competitors from various martial arts styles and more than 300 spectators.

Christian Fortin of KMAC in Sudbury told competitors mainly came from nearby cities such as Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, and North Bay, while some traveled from as far as Barrie to participate. 

“The competition included forms, team demonstrations, self-defense, weapons, and point sparring, with the championships awarded to the competitor with the most points earned in the different divisions.”

Fortin said more than 50 KMAC students from the Greater City of Sudbury participated and emerged with a host of medals,  including three Grand Championships. 

  • Krystel Houle, Sudbury KMAC, the Adult Colour Belt Grand Champion title 
  • Martin Courchesne, Valley KMAC, Youth Black Belt Grand Champion title
  • Megan Richardson, Valley KMAC won the Black Belt Grand Champion title 
  • Josh Carriere, Sudbury KMAC, Black Belt Heavyweight Sparring division 

“The return of NOMAC is indeed fantastic news for martial arts enthusiasts and competitors in Northern Ontario,” Fortin said. “The tournament presented an excellent opportunity for residents to come out and support local competitors and witness high-level martial arts competitions. The event being held in Elliot Lake only added to the excitement and made the tournament an unforgettable experience for all who attended.”


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