Back row (L to R): Luraina Oddy (head Sensei), Jackson Karl, Patrick Passmore, Nevaeh Oddy, Summer Dixon Front row (L to R): Gage Scott-Nyuli, Burton Scott-Nyuli, Odin Oddy, Mason Yeats, Sephira Oddy. Photo by Bailey Yeats

Invermere kickboxing competitors finish season strong

‘Little Rams’ learn about facing fears and building strength

The Rocky Mountain Martial Arts club had a stellar season, and finished strong at a kickboxing tournament in Airdrie, Alberta.

Nine or 10 of the 36 club members participated in the most recent kickboxing competition, reports Luraina Oddy, head sensei for Rocky Mountain Martial Arts.

Oddy says that through kickboxing, students learn, “how to overcome fear and how to redirect fear to use it in a useful way.”

The competitors, whom Oddy calls her ‘Little Rams’, range from 7 to 14 years of age.

“I’m so proud of them. They’re all strong, like little superstars,” says Oddy. “There was some tears and smiles, but we all came out on top, and that’s what matters – that we all had fun and enjoyed it.”

The tournament was held in Airdrie the weekend of June 24th, at the Little Dragon Martial Arts Centre.

“We got placing all over the board,” she says. “Our senior student Patrick Passmore, came home with a 1st place.”

The club meets at the Columbia Valley Martial Arts Centre at the Crossroads, which is collectively rented by a number of local martial arts groups. They had to find a new building last year following the announcement of the old community hall shutting down.

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