ELLSWORTH — Tracy’s Karate Ju-Jitsu of Ellsworth recently held its 90th karate and ju-jitsu tournament, bringing together approximately 200 competitors from all over Maine, Canada and Arizona.
These students, from 4 to 75 years old, competed in fighting and throwing. Two hundred trophies and medals were awarded in 50 different divisions.
All students who placed first, second or third in this tournament automatically qualify to fight in the “Tournament of Champions” at the Team Fighting Competition in October 2011 at the Trenton Elementary School.
Immediately following the tournament, the Maine Ketsugo Karate Association held Black Belt testing at the Maine headquarters on the Bangor Road. More than 100 active Black Belts make up the MKKA.
Twenty-two students were promoted to first degree Black Belt or higher. New first degree Black Belts were Matt Bishop, Sam Lounder, Noah Robidoux, Garrett Bowden and Gary Harper.
Second degree promotions were Troy Brown, Michael Garrity, Malcolm Grant, Buzzy Qualey, Gus Reeves, Sam Reeves, MacKenzie Tinker and R.J. Herrig.
Third degree promotions were Erin Giles, Kelton Hallett and Amanda Rector.
Fifth degree promotion was Master Eben Richardson; sixth degree promotions were Masters Kristy (Tracy) Dawes, Brian Ormsby and Jerod Kingsbury; seventh degree promotion was Master Eric Tracy; and eighth degree promotion was Master Dave Ash.