Lee Angela Igne
•15 years old, 1st Degree Black Belt, Instructor of the Winnipeg Sikaran Arnis Academy
•Grade 10 at the Maples Collegiate
On Saturday, February 17, 2018, a tournament hosted by TK Taekwondo was held at Beausejour, Manitoba. Many martial artists from Winnipeg all the way to Kenora, Ontario and Saskatchewan came and competed in this tournament. My experience on this tournament was thrilling. Despite having a few but tough competitions, I won gold in all 4 of my events; hand forms, weapon forms, arnis sparring and point sparring. I was also one of the judges and referees for the intermediate belts competitions. I saw good fighters and everyone fought hard, I could sense that everyone really prepared and trained hard for this tournament. It was a successful event. Congratulations to all the martial artists, mostly the youth who came out that Saturday. Congratulations to your parents! I am sure they are very proud of all of us. Big thanks to all the martial arts instructors who prepared and trained us to become better with our martial arts skills and talents.
Lourdes Lynn Igne
•11 years old, Brown Belt Black Stripe, Junior Instructor of the Winnipeg Sikaran Arnis Academy
•Grade 6 at the Leila North School
How did our team do in this said tournament? There were 19 of us from the Winnipeg Sikaran Arnis Academy. We brought home 17 gold medals, 15 silver medals, 12 bronze medals, 2nd place for the Team Demo, and one of our hard working members, Micah Jei Ragudo won the Grand Champion Title for the Beginners Division.
Preparing for any tournament is not easy but it is fun. We train four times a week, 2 hours a day. We use active games to build up our stamina, we try to master our hand and weapon forms again and again, our instructors make sure that we are capable of defending our belt levels, we are always reminded of the WSAA’s four pillars of teachings; Honor, Excellence, Respect and Discipline. And at the end of many weeks of preparations, the parents would do a potluck to boost us up. #ItsMoreFun #WinnipegSikaran. We are the future of martial arts in Manitoba!