Young martial artists from southern Ohio witnessed the end of an era as the 34th Mannaka Ni Sangatsu tournament was held for the last time March 18. Kyoshi (master instructor) Rick Ludwick would like to thank all his friends who have supported the tournament over the years.
Led by black belts Carly Bingaman and Nayomie Ludwick, the Cross County Bushido Club won 29 trophies in all.
Bingaman was the weapons grand champion in the black belt class, earning first place in weapons and second in kata, while Ludwick took first in kata and second in weapons.
Green belt winners were Ariel Kibbey, first in weapons, first in sparring and second in kata; Dustin Sova Davy, first in weapons, second in grappling, third in sparring, third in kata; Alex Gibson, second in grappling, third in kata and third in weapons; and Maxine Ludwick, first in kata, first in weapons, and second-best back fist.
In the white belt class, Katelin Heizer took first in kata, second in weapons, second in sparring; Sophie Lowe was first in weapons, first in kata and second in sparring; Kassandra Edwards was first in sparring, second in kata, second in weapons and second-best back fist; and Brittany Edwards was third-best back fist.
For information on classes in the Lynchburg, Leesburg or Highland area, call Rick Ludwick at 937-661-5413.
Submitted by the the Cross County Bushido Club.