Members from the Sudbury and Valley KMAC have returned from a tour of Korea, where they not only had a chance to learn from high-ranking masters, but they also competed at the World Hapkido Championships.
The two-week trip that was planned more than a year ago was highly anticipated by Master Chris Fortin and the 12 other participates, said a news release. The trip took them from Busan to Seoul, where they visited numerous temples, palaces and old renowned martial arts dojangs (schools).
The World Championships began on the second day of the trip. Seven members of the team competed, bringing home 12 medals.
Team KMAC has competed at world events before, said the news release, but this time they had a chance to compete against new countries that they never faced before. Fortin was asked to judge at the competition and also to perform as part of a masters’ exhibition. It was a great honour for him, to perform not only in front of a large audience, but in front of great masters and grand masters of the martial art he practises.
To top the visit off, the head grandmaster of the association, In Sun Seo, personally presented Fortin with a plaque of commendation for promoting martial arts in Canada and gave him a hand-painted scroll that represented the meaning of study and practice.
Alex St-Amant: silver in high kick division, bronze in self defence, bronze in high fall - men’s black belt division.
Zephyr Rouleau: silver in sparring, bronze in forms and bronze in high kick - men’s black belt division.
Marty St-Amant: silver in forms, bronze in high kick - men’s black belt division.
Jennifer Lacelle: silver in forms, bronze in sparring - women's colour belt division.
Richard Ethier: silver in sparring – men’s colour belt division.
Kurtis Trottier: bronze in self defence - high school black belt division.