"Our Tradition Continues"
41st Annual International Championships
March 28, 2015

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The night before the tournament, the black belts meet and go over all details of the tournament so everything goes as smooth as possible. Then, on the day of the tournament everyone arrives, friends are greeted, check the assignment board, go to the change table if there are any errors, look at the posters from area classes, have a last minute practice, greet Master Lawlor as he arrives, and then, it is time to line up for the bow-in.

Opening Bow-In

After the bow-in the national anthems of Canada and the United States are sung and then announcments are given and awards are presented.

Master Robert Lawlor gives the opening comments.
The national anthems of Canada and the United States are sung.
Master Robert Lawlor presents Peter Schmitt, Chief Executive Officer of the Watertown Family YMCA with an Honorary Black Belt. In honor of the occassion, he was given a Japanese Katana Sword
Karateka of the Year
Mr. Jeremy Hopping

Kata Forms - Trophy presentation occurs at the conclusion of each division.

Weapons Forms


Demonstrations - by the Black Belts occurred throughout the day.

Horse Stance Center Punch and First Eight Moves of Kata One.
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Master Lester Beyer - Meditation & Multiple Board Breaks.
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Master Dan Jones - Gum Jung Sae (A Short Spear Form).
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The Black Belt Demo Team - A Sword Form.
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Mr. Jeremy Hopping - Demonstrates the Ge-Baek Form.
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A Mutant Ninja Turtle and Shredder have some fun.
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The tournament has finished and the Black Belts gather together.

After the tournament, annual pictures are taken at class meetings or at area gatherings of several classes. Excitement is still high from the tournament and students are encouraged to bring any trophies they won at the tournament for general display.

St. Lawrence County



Queen's University

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