KC's Family Tae Kwon Do competes in state championships

Team Coaches and Black Belts Kirsten Conover, Age 16 (left) and Harlie Bouwman, Age 14 (right) clash in the title match, the State Championship win ultimately going to Conover. Photo courtesy of Karen Conover

Team Coaches and Black Belts Kirsten Conover, Age 16 (left) and Harlie Bouwman, Age 14 (right) clash in the title match, the State Championship win ultimately going to Conover. Photo courtesy of Karen Conover

GILBERT- Ariz (Saturday, Jan., 17, 2015) -- Twenty-two martial artists from KC's Family Tae Kwon Do returned from the AZ Elite Sport Karate Association State Championships on Saturday as the newest in a long line of champions that hail from the school.  "Every year since the school opened in 2006, I've had a banner made to hang in the studio listing all of our champions," said Master Karen Conover This year is the biggest banner I've ever had to make, with twenty-two names." Master Conover is the Head Instructor and Owner of the two schools located in Camp Verde and Cottonwood.

There are two different types of State Champions named at the final event of the competition year -- Points Champion and State Grand Champion.  Some KC's students earned both qualifications.  Nineteen students were named Point Champions in 28 Divisions. This means that they earned the most qualifying points throughout the season, more than any other competitor and were ranked No.1 over the course of a year of competition for each event. A student receives points every time they compete and place.  And more importantly, 17 KC's students won the title of State Grand Champion in 30 Divisions. This means that a student had enough points to qualify them to compete at states and they attended, and won, at the Championship Tournament.

KC's looks forward to another great season of competition in 2015 and is especially anticipating the arrival of many competitors from all across the region at the Sedona Red Rock Classic Sport Karate Tournament that will be hosted by the KC's Competition Team on July 18th.  Last year's event hosted over 200 competitors from 14 different schools and anticipates a larger turnout this year. Results:

BLACK BELTS:

Amy Romero-Points Champion and State Grand Champion Black Belt Musical Forms

Benji Perez-Points Champion Sparring and State Grand Champion Black Belt Traditional Forms

Christopher Conover-Points Champion Black Belt Extreme Forms

Harlie Bouwman-Points Champion Creative Forms and State Grand Champion Black Belt Musical Forms

Holly Newberry-State Grand Champion Traditional Forms

Junior Queen-Points Champion and State Grand Champion Black Belt Musical Forms

Kirsten Conover-State Grand Champion Creative Forms, Traditional Forms, and Sparring

Preston Chalmers-Points Champion Creative Forms

Ron Romero-Points Champion and State Grand Champion Black Belt Traditional Forms

Sidney Burns-Points Champion Weapons

 

ADVANCED BELTS:

David Holdsworth-Points Champion and State Grand Champion Advanced Sparring and Traditional Forms

Kevin Schutte-Points Champion Sparring and State Grand Champion Forms

Ricky Owsian-Points Champion Sparring, Weapons, Forms and State Grand Champion Sparring and Forms

Sebastian Lopez-State Grand Champion Traditional Forms and Gladiator Sparring

INTERMEDIATE BELTS:

Gage Roberts-Points Champion Gladiator Sparring and State Grand Champion Sparring and Gladiator Sparring

Olivia Gregg-Points Champion Sparring and State Grand Champion Sparring

Jacob Elliott-Points Champion Sparring, Open Forms and Traditional Forms

Kenya Harris-Points Champion Sparring

 

BEGINNER BELTS:

Alexandria Gilbert-Points Champion Sparring, Weapons, Forms and Gladiator Sparring and State Grand Champion  Sparring, Weapons, Traditional Forms and Gladiator Sparring

Hyatt Cannon-Points Champion and State Grand Champion Weapons, Open Forms, Gladiator

Julian Perez-Points Champion Open Forms and Gladiator Sparring and State Grand Champion Open Forms

Koltin Barnes-State Grand Champion Sparring and Gladiator Sparring

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