News Feature

Originally published in Castine Patriot, December 13, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, December 13, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, December 13, 2018
Bucksport karate branch hosts Tournament of Champions
Draws in over 200 competitors

Tournament of Champions

Shown above are local competitors who won awards at Tracy’s Karate Tournament of Champions held at Bucksport High School on October 27. Back row from left, Instructor Sensei Linwood Bridges, Wesley Reynolds, Tom Sweet, Rich Baubonis, Jim Fleming, Shawn Mercer, Peter Reynolds; front row, Ella Mercer, Julia Traub, Iris Danforth, Caitlin McKay, Beckett Knight, and Isabelle McEwen.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Traub

The annual “Tournament of Champions,” held by Senseis Dennis and Karen Tracy of Tracy’s Karate, brought approximately 200 competitors of all ages from Maine and Canada to the Bucksport High School Gym on October 27. According to a news release, a special feature of this tournament is team fighting, with competitors on each team drawn from different dojos. Over 20 teams competed for one Grand Champion team title, and only one grand champion winner was declared for each individual fighting category.

In the throwing event, ju-jitsu pairs competed for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place awards. In addition, each participating dojo recognized individual students with awards for Most Dedicated, Most Improved, Best Attitude, and Student of the Year.

The Bucksport branch of Tracy’s Karate brought home numerous awards, including a sweep of first, second, and third place in the adult “under black belt” throwing division for the second tournament in a row. Five students from the Bucksport branch earned Grand Champion titles in their fighting divisions, and one student from the class was on the Grand Champion fighting team.