Bucksport karate championships draws 200 competitors

first_imgBUCKSPORT — Masters Dennis and Karen Tracy recently held their 101st martial arts tournament at the annual Maine team karate championships, which drew over 200 competitors from Maine and Canada.Teams consisted of five members and had to win a minimum of six matches to be crowned grand champions. The teams were divided into separate ranks — one consisting solely of black belts and the other consisting of brown belts and students of lower ranks.At the beginning of the day, an awards ceremony was held to present the 2016 “Student of the Year” trophies for both Tracy’s nine dojos and nine other dojos throughout Maine and Canada. The awards were presented to the student from each dojo who best represents overall martial arts skills. Other awards are given to the students who show the best attitude, improvement and dedication.Black and brown belts both contribute yearly dues to support scholarships for the students who will go on to further their educations. This year, those awards went to Bar Harbor’s Malorie and McKenzie Young and Presque Isle’s Dustin Coty, Dylan Coty and Noah Jackins. These scholarships totaled over $1,250, and the organization has donated over $100,000 in scholarships overall over the past 48 years.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe next tournament will be held April 29, 2017, at Bucksport High School.last_img