Karate students score big in two tourneys

Thursday, June 3, 2004

Students from Groves Karate Studio in Holiday Island recently competed in two International Martial Arts Council Circuit tournaments. There were schools from Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas competing in more than 100 divisions.

The April 17 tournament was presented in Fayetteville by the Arkansas College of Martial Arts. The eight students that attended and competed took a total of 21 first places, one second place, one third place and a fourth place.

Those who attended and their placement in the divisions were:

Deborah Haven of Eureka Springs (1st in Black Belt Weapons and Forms); Harroll Rushing of Eureka Springs (1st in Over 50 Novice Forms and 1st in Novice Weapons); Patrick Crouch of Clifty (1st in Advanced Forms, Weapons, Musical Weapons, Extreme Martial Arts Weapons and Sparring);

Carol Stanley of Holiday Island (1st in Intermediate Forms, Weapons and Sparring); Brandon Scott of Golden, Mo. (1st in Intermediate Forms, Weapons, 2nd in Musical Forms and 3rd in Sparring);

James Stanley of Fayetteville (1st in Novice Forms, Weapons, and Sparring); Joshua Sharp of Holiday Island (1st in Forms, Weapons and Sparring); Danny Hatfield of Berryville (1st in Novice Forms and 4th in Sparring).

The May 15 tournament, Northwest Arkansas Martial Arts Championships, was held in Springdale and hosted by Martial Arts of Springdale. The six students who attended and competed took a total of two Grand Championships, 13 first places, three second places, and one fourth place.

All five underbelt Groves' competitors were honored to participate in the Underbelt Grand Championships won by Patrick Crouch. Brothers Joshua and Matthew Sharp tied for second place in the championships. Those who attended and their placement in the divisions were:

Deborah Haven (Black Belt Grand Champion, 1st in Black Belt Weapons and Forms); Harroll Rushing (1st in Over 50 Novice Forms and 1st in Novice Weapons);

Patrick Crouch (Underbelt Grand Champion, 1st in Advanced Forms, Weapons, Musical Weapons, Extreme Martial Arts Weapons and Sparring); Brandon Scott (1st in Intermediate Forms, 2nd in Musical Forms and 2nd in Weapons); Joshua Sharp (1st in Intermediate Forms, 1st in Weapons and 4th in Sparring); and Matthew Sharp (1st in Novice Forms and 2nd in Weapons).

Groves Karate Studio will be hosting its Fourth Annual Eureka Springs Martial Arts Classic on Saturday, June 26, in Eureka Springs at the Victoria Inn and Convention Center.

Participants on the "Extreme Martial Arts" television special that was shown last November on the Discovery Channel will be attending and competing. The tournament is open to all styles of martial arts, and the public is invited to attend.

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