Pineda’s Kenpo Karate Team Gets Great Results at Montana Invitational

Pineda’s Kenpo Karate Team Gets Great Results at Montana Invitational

Back row (left to right): Johnny Warner, Kaylin Warner, Cris McBee, Malaki Thompson, Ron Rice, Jim Dean, Gary Dean. Front row: Aydin Hill. Courtesy photo

GREEN RIVER — Pineda’s Kenpo’s Green River team traveled to Missoula, Montana on March 5 to compete in the 5th Annual Missoula Martial Arts Invitational.

The team fielded a small group of beginner competitors and came away with great results.

Ayden Hill won 1st place in sparring, forms, and weapons in the 8-year old beginning division.

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Malaki Thompson won 1st  in sparring, forms, and weapons in 14-year-old beginning division.

Cris  McBee won 1st place in sparring, forms, and weapons in 13-year old beginning division.

Cris and Malaki also advanced to their Grand Champion round for the first time and were very competitive.

Kaylin Warner competed very well in sparring, forms, and weapons in the 12-year-old beginning division. Johnny Warner competed very well in sparring, forms, and weapons in the kids beginning division.  Both Warner’s had great performances in their highly competitive divisions.

Ron Rice won 1st place in advanced weapons.

Gary Dean won 4th place in sparring in Men’s Black Belt division.  Jim Dean won 2nd place in forms and sparring, and 3rd place in weapons in Men’s Black Belt division.

The invitational was the first opportunity in two years, and it was a welcome return to team competition without restrictions. Team Pineda looks forward to more competitions this year.

Pineda’s is hosting an invitation-only inter-school tournament on April 9 in Green River in preparation for the upcoming 41st Annual Western Wyoming Karate Championships on May 21, 2022 held at the Green River Recreation Center.