"This was a great opportunity for our students to compete against other area martial artists," said Ernest Freeman, head instructor for the RWTB Family Martial Arts Canter in Cassville. "They all did great. I was proud of their performance, and they represented our school and southwest Missouri extremely well."
Individual tournament results are listed below.
* Jesse Dick: first place in No Gi grappling and third place in grappling absolute, in which all division winners compete against one another in a single elimination tournament regardless of size or ability.
* Bobi Jo Dick: second place, self defense, scoring 20.4 of a possible 30 points in her first competition tournament.
* Nathan Dick: second place, No Gi grappling.
* Gavin McManus: second place, No Gi grappling, in his first competitive tournament.
* Jonah Meshell: third place, self defense; third place, point sparring; and first place, No Gi grappling.
* Akhilleus Arguelles: second place, self defense; second place, point sparring; and second place, No Gi grappling.
* Curtis Griffis: first place, self defense; third place, self defense, grand championship; second place, point sparring; and first place, No Gi grappling, in his first tournament.
* William Freeman: first place, weapons form; and third place, self defense, in his first tournament.
* Dustin Parsons: first place, No Gi grappling; first place, Gi Jiu Jitsu; and absolute grappling qualifier.
* Lee Parsons: third place, No Gi grappling; and third place, Gi Jiu Jitsu.
* Ernest Freeman: first place, self defense; first place, self defense; and grand championship, No I grappling.
Additionally, the school and instructors took home the top team trophy, which is awarded to the school with the greatest amount of attendance and number of individual awards won.
"The awards and trophies were nice, but the thing that made this event truly special was the amount of fellowship and sportsmanship displayed by the students," Freeman said. "I had one of the other instructors go out of his way to come over to our area and mention how respectful our students were to other competitors and tournament staff. That makes me one very proud instructor."