Beiseker Taekwondo Competitors advance to World's

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Members of the Beisker TaeKwondo will be traveling to Las Vegas to compete in the World Martial Arts Games for September 17, 18, & 19, 2010. Having qualified to compete are Sensei Gary Lloyd of Beisker, Von Morris (age 13 of Acme), Tristan Morris (age 9, Acme), Danielle Schmidt (age 15 of Beiseker), Tyler Trudel (age 12 of Three Hills), Taylor Brown (age 7 of Linden), and missing from the photograph - Brandy Contreras (33 of Airdrie). These 7 individuals qualified in their age group and belt level (rank) for kata and sparring divisions at one of 3 tournaments: the Tiger Balm International in Vancouver, held the end of March, or at the Western Canadian Championship held mid May in Red Deer, or at the Provincial Martial Arts Tournament held April 2 in Calgary. Each received golds and/or silvers with Taylor receiving 2 golds. These 7 will comprise the 185 competitors going to Las Vegas from Canada alone. "Some are from Ontario," says Sensei Lloyd "but mainly the competitors are coming from Manitoba and west." At 63 years young, Sensei Lloyd will be competing in a 45 plus age group, which is the oldest division. As a coach and an official at this year's event, Sensei Lloyd will also be lobbying for a 60 plus division.
Attending this competition in Las Vegas will be roughly 1000 athletes from about 22 countries. The Sensei is hoping that the event will be graced by Martial Arts legends such as Chuck Norris or Bill Wallace, but one year there was also the stunt actors from Power Rangers fame, and then you just never know if today's favorite, Jackie Chan may put in an appearance. After all it is Vegas and the new Karate Kid was recently a huge success and he highly recommends seeing the movie. "It matters little if the name is Karate, Kung Fu or another form of discipline since they are all related. Korean Karate is what we call Tae Kwon Do and Kung Fu is a Chinese Karate. They all teach mental stability, body discipline, and encourage 'heart' (the desire to work to your best ability)."
The group's fundraising efforts so far has gotten them their uniforms and competitors fees (about $4500), but they still need help with transportation costs and living expenses. The LIONS Club in Beiseker as well as various banks and businesses from Three Hills to Airdrie have been great sponsors.
Beiseker's 'Kids for Kids Martial Arts Tournament' attracted 110 competitors again this year (their 8th annual event). The event usually garners from between 100 and 135 competitors. The Beiseker club has about 60 students, capping at about 95 in May or June with all combined programs, including Moms and Tots, Little Dragons, Ladies Cardio, as well as the regular Tae Kwon Do. They will be performing a demonstration at the Three Hills parade on July 10. For further information on their schedules check out their web site: www.eastsidetaekwondo.org