YEON Karate

Local participants in an open karate tournament held Feb. 16 in Touchet, Wash., included (back row, owners and instructors) Lorry Watson, Erwin Watson, Kionna Idris, Anna Rivera, Edwin Torres, Jordan Robertson, Adrian Wedam, Lisa Wedam, Nathan Sedan and instructor Rob Cox, and (front) Jordan Velasco, Amauri Black, Jezly Higareda, Isiah Diaz, Max Gustufson, Lukas Harmon, Ruth Vaderstelt and Ervin Higareda.

A number of local residents participated in the 27th annual Walla Walla Karate-do Invitational. The Feb. 16 event in Touchet, Washington, was held by sensei Dave Lybbert.

Events included Kata, weapons, and 3-point sparring (Kumite) and featured participants from age 4 through more than 40.

Out of 15 students that participated, Eastern Oregon Family Taekwondo made a very good showing, said Erwin Watson. The local group was the only taekwondo school that participated, as the rest were karate schools from across Oregon, Idaho, Washington and California. The local school brought home 17 trophies and two medals.

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