Nine participants from North Arkansas Martial Arts combined to win eight first-place trophies at the CTF Tournament in Mt. Juliet, Tenn., last weekend.
The NAMA students also brought home four second-place honors and three third-place awards from the tournament.
John Wade, a fourth-grade yellow belt, placed first in patterns and second in one-steps in his men’s division. Ashley Raffee, a third-grade red belt, placed first in the 16-17 girls’ division. Antonio DeLeon, a first-grade red belt, placed first in sparring in the 9-10 boys’ division in his first-ever tournament.
Felicia Lasecki, a first-degree black belt, placed first in patterns in the 12-13 girls’ division. Adam Willis, a second-degree recommended black belt, placed first in patterns and third in sparring in the 18-35 men’s division. Dominic Giles, a second-degree recommended, placed first in patterns in the 11-12 boys’ division.
Loanne Lasecki, a second-degree black belt, placed third in the 16-17 girls’ division. Tyler Duncan, a second-degree decided black belt, placed first in patterns and second in sparring in the 16-17 boys’ division. Jessica Lasecki, a fifth-degree black belt and instructor at NAMA, placed second in the women’s 18-35 black belt division.
“Everyone did such a wonderful job at this tournament, and all of NAMA’s black belts are on a good track for the National Jacket competition in November,” Jessica Lasecki said. “Spar Wars on Sept. 19 will be a double-points tournament. Until then, I will be pushing our NAMA black belts hard in their training.”
Lasecki said the next International tournament the CTF will be participating in is in Birmingham, England, July 16-17, 2016.
“This is very exciting news and we are looking at our training now and will start our fundraising soon,” she said.
NAMA can be reached at 736-0571, on its Facebook page, or its website at http://www.namatkd.com.