On June 4th Oakmont Martial Arts attended the Northeast District Championships with 11 qualified competitors. In order to compete at Districts, students must be ranked in the top 10 in their state for their division. We couldn’t be more proud of everyone’s continued efforts in training! OMA came home with 17 gold medals, 4 silver medals, and 4 bronze medals.
Of course, the medals are far from being the point of a tournament. These students consistently work to improve themselves and their skills, practicing to the best of their abilities. As leadership students, they volunteer in classes each week helping other students improve their skills. Competition is not all about winning or losing, but about the experience and what you can learn.
Mr. Scott Weston: 1st weapons, 1st combat, 3rd sparring
Ms. Karyn Graff: 1st forms, 1st weapons
Mr. Rico Corsaro: 1st forms, 1st weapons, 3rd sparring, 2nd combat, 1st creative forms; 1st creative weapons, 1st extreme forms, 1st extreme weapons
Mr. Doug Carnahan: 1st forms, 1st weapons
Ms. Cyndl Hale: 1st sparring, 2nd forms, 2nd weapons
Lia Ruggiero: 1st creative forms, 1st combat, 3rd forms
Grace Coleman: 1st sparring, 2nd combat
Aidan Carnahan: 1st forms
Dominik Geahry: 3rd combat
Emily Davidheiser: Songahm Spirit Award
David Van Ryn: Songahm Spirit Award
Tournaments are not possible without volunteers… every tournament requires help with judging, scorekeeping, timekeeping, registration, medals, data entry, proshop sales, setup and cleanup, etc. Competitors are asked to do their part in giving back. Whenever you compete, you also have a responsibility to help in whatever way you can. Even young children are capable of using the stop watch to keep time during sparring matches.
Our Junior Leaders are expected to help as scorekeepers and timekeepers, however Emily Davidheiser went above and beyond by helping with data entry of the results. Way to go Emily!
Congratulations to all of the Districts competitors! We are proud of all of your accomplishments!