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Young Breslau martial artists continue to excel, collect hardware

Breslau siblings Ethan and Hannah Wright have been collecting more hardware, including at the American Youth Classics tournament. [Submitted]

It’s been another successful run for a pair of Breslau siblings, who crushed two martial arts tournaments in the past month.

Hannah and Ethan Wright were among the 12 competitors of Shamuon Generation Martial Arts and Hotshot Athletic who travelled to Michigan, United States, in mid-September for the American Youth Classics tournament.

Nine-year-old Ethan placed first in Traditional Forms and third in Point Fighting. 13-year-old Hannah achieved the title of under belt Grand Champion, as well as sweeping first place in Traditional Weapons, Traditional Forms, and Point Fighting.

“I am very proud of myself and my whole team. Everyone that competed won at least one medal,” said Ethan. “It was awesome.”

The tournament that took place on September 14 set the tone, as it was their first of the fall season.

“This was Ethan’s first big win, so I’m pretty proud of them both,” said his mother, Tracey.

Hannah performed well in her own right, achieving the title of Grand Champion is no walk in the park. The winners of every division compete in runoffs against winners of other divisions of their age group. The winner goes on to fight in the grand, then must win that competition.

The team did well overall – other grand champions in their age group on the team included Lexi McGann-Barclay (17), Cole Von Lukawiecki (13), and Georgia May Jenkins (10). In total, the team brought home four Grand Championships, 19 Golds, 12 Silvers, and nine Bronze.

Other competitors on the team included Ava Rai, Ibrahim Kahn, James Jenkins, Kaleb Boyle, Kate Slater, Tejas Rai, and Tyler Bayler.

“It was a great tournament. It always feels good to compete,” added Hannah. “I have to give some of the credit to my coaches Sibok Tom Shamuon and Sifus Silvana Shamuon, Julian Shamuon, and Nadine Jenkins for all the training and ringside coaching. I wouldn’t be where I am without them all.”

Hannah, a brown belt, aims to continue achieving more Grand Champion awards throughout the season. Her ultimate goal is to place the top of her division in one of the most prestigious circuits in martial arts – the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) circuit.

The siblings went on to compete a little closer to home, in London for the Ontario Grand National Tournaments on September 28. It was another successful weekend – Hannah placed first in Traditional Forms and Sparring, and second in Traditional Weapons. Ethan placed fourth in Traditional Forms.

The pair look to keep up the momentum in upcoming tournaments, including the World Karate Commission World Championships that take place in November.

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