BUCKSPORT — Tracy’s Karate of Ellsworth held its 106th tournament recently in Bucksport High School’s Ralph Jewett Gymnasium.
The tournament, which included both fighting and throwing competitions, drew karate students as young as four years of age and as old as 75. Contestants represented dojos from the Downeast area, the rest of Maine and Atlantic Canada.
Following the tournament, Tracy’s Karate held black belt testing at its Ellsworth headquarters. The following black belts were promoted to higher ranks: Mesa Baranowski, Kieran Everett, Gwen Everett and Heather Kilcollins (first degree); Olivia Underwood (second degree); John Dawes, Johnathan MacArthur and Lisa Richardson (third degree); Lucy Newbegin (fifth degree); Steve Chabot (eighth degree); Walter Garnett (ninth degree).
Paige Trader, Lincoln Jordan, Simon Trader, Owen DiDonato, Ryan Gross, Jordan Brouty, Caleb DiDonato, Bridget Kutny, Mesa Baranowski, Elura Dorr, Krystall Webber, Tom Anderson, John Baranowski and Aidan Benner won trophies for first-, second- and third place performances in various fighting and throwing events.
During the tournament, a moment of silence was held in honor of Orland’s Charles Bishop, who passed away April 21 at the age of 87. Master Bishop trained with the Tracy family for 47 years and remained physically active until the day of his passing.
Master Kristy Tracy-Dawes, daughter of Tracy’s owners Karen and Dennis Tracy, organized the tournament with the help of her brother, Master Eric Tracy. More than six dozen black belts who have trained with the Tracy family throughout the past 50 years were on hand to assist with organizing efforts.
Tracy’s next competition will be held Oct. 19 at Bucksport High School.