Greenquist Invitational 2016

Alliance Taekwondo fielded its largest team in seven years for the 2016 Greenquist Championship Invitational, from veteran competitors all the way down to beginner competitors at their first tournament.  Master Devon Waldron and four other Alliance blackbelt competitors – Dale Schniebel, Kyle Sanford, Caleb Olson and Logan Olson, Tanner Olson and Braden Fritel – were joined by eighteen underbelt competitors.  Eddie Lin, Cameron Lemere, Justin and Tanner Lafavor, Tristian and Tyler Glass, Madison and Mason Rud, Andrew Burger, Kaitlyn Retzer, Alex Hamilton, Jaylynn Ernst, Camden Archambeau, Muhammed Iesa Zudeen, Ben and Gavin Fryhling and Addy and Keith Smette all represented Alliance well.

Alliance took home a grand total of sixty-five awards, including nineteen first place finishes, twelve second place finishes, eighteen third place finishes, six fourth place honorable mention finishes and seven additional non-standard contest wins.  Alliance also won the Greenquist Association School Participation Spirit Award for fielding the most competitors, and also claimed the Jay Halvorson Memorial Breaking championship and the Masters’ Breaking championship.

The Greenquist 2016 Crew

The Greenquist 2016 Crew

The Masters’ forms division were first, with Master Devon Waldron taking third and Alliance alumnus Master Charles Smith taking first. Blackbelt forms followed; in separate junior blackbelt divisions, Mr Braden Fritel claimed the top spot and Mr Tanner Olson won a fourth place honorable mention.

In underbelt forms, fifteen juniors and three adults competed. In the advanced divisions, five juniors competed and placed. Mr Eddie Lin earned himself a second place finish with his training brother Cameron Lemere taking third in a separate division. In another division, Justin Lafavor took 2nd. In a fourth advanced division, Tristian Glass took second with training brother Tanner Lafavor taking third.

Alliance ladies represent!

Alliance ladies represent!

In two separate adult intermediate divisions, twins Madison and Mason Rud each took first, with training sister Jaylynn Ernst taking second. In four separate junior intermediate divisions Andrew Burger, Kaitlyn Retzer, Alex Hamilton and Camden Archambeau placed second, first, first and third respectively.

In the beginner divisions, six juniors competed in five separate divisions. In an older division, Iesa Zudeen took first place; twins Ben and Gavin Fryhling took first and second respectively in their division; siblings Addy and Keith Smette took first in their divisions; in the youngest division, Tyler Glass won a fourth place honorable mention in his first tournament appearance.

In weapons divisions, Logan Olson, Tanner Olson and Braden Fritel competed with the standard Hapkido Bo Staff set. Mr Logan Olson secured a fourth place finish in his adult blackbelt division with younger brother Tanner winning third place in the junior blackbelt division.

All juniors breaking and underbelt breaking was up next. In the junior blackbelt divisions Mr Tanner Olson and Mr Braden Fritel both took third in their respective divisions. In the advanced underbelt divisions Mr Cameron Lemere took third in his division and Mr Tanner Lafavor took third in a separate advanced division. At the intermediate level, Mr Alex Hamilton took first in his division and Ms Kaitlyn Retzer won fourth place in her division. In the beginner divisions, Ben Fryhling took first in his division with brother Gavin placing third. Ms Addy Smette took second in her division, and brother Keith took fourth in a separate division.

In a fun set of non-standard events unique to the Greenquist Invitational, competitors participated in a belt-tying competitions, jump-rope competitions and speed kicking competitions. Each division was large and only one award was presented to the top competitor in each category. In belt tying, Mr Eddie Lin claimed the award for his advanced division. In jump rope, Mr Cameron Lemere won the award for his advanced division while Ms Kaitlyn Retzer claimed the award for her intermediate division. In the speed kicking competition, Mr Tanner Olson and Mr Braden Fritel won the award in the junior blackbelt divisions for their age groups, while Mr Alex Hamilton claimed the award for his intermediate division. For jumping rope, there was even a parents’ division; one of our very own, Jessica Burger, took up the challenge and won the parent jump-rope competition.

In a separate breaking event, the Jay Halvorson Memorial Trophy was up for grabs to the person breaking the most stacked boards with a single knifehand strike. After winning last year for the second time, Mr Dale Schneibel of Alliance slammed through six boards without issue. After the six board round, he and another challenger went head to head in a seven board competition. While Schniebel only broke two of the seven boards, that was two more than the challenger and so he claimed the trophy for the third year in a row, a feat only previously accomplished by Master Devon Waldron.

Master Linda Catalano and Master Devon Waldron receive the Greenquist Association spirit award, presented to Alliance Taekwondo by the Greenquist Academy.

Master Linda Catalano and Master Devon Waldron receive the Greenquist Association spirit award, presented to Alliance Taekwondo by the Greenquist Academy.

In the underbelt sparring divisions, Mr Eddie Lin, Mr Cameron Lemere and Mr Justin Lafavor competed in two separate advanced only divisions. In the second leg of one bracket, Mr Eddie Lin and Mr Justin Lafavor fought; Lin’s tactical fighting beat Mr Lafavor’s aggressive attacks. Lin advanced to the final match and finished second, while Lafavor fought the consolation match and finished third. In another advanced division, Mr Cameron Lemere showcased some of his best fighting to date and went undefeated to claim first place. In a mixed advanced and intermediate division, Alliance showed up well with the intermediate underdog Mr Alex Hamilton taking first place, while his advanced teammates Tristian Glass and Tanner Lafavor took third and fourth respectively.

In an intermediate women’s division, Ms Madison Rud and Ms Jaylynn Ernst fought hard and earned the chance to face each other for first place; Rud came away with first over the less experienced Ernst, who took second. In a men’s division, Mr Mason Rud started strong, scoring five headkicks on his first opponent and denying all comers to take first. In the younger intermediate divisions, Mr Andrew Burger was mobile and fought smart, spearing his opponents and taking first place. Ms Kaitlyn Retzer showcased her characteristic energy in an undefeated run in her division and also claimed first place. Mr Camden Archambeau claimed second place in his division with some of his best fighting to date.

In a mixed beginner and intermediate division, competitor Keith Smette fought hard and won his way to the final match; after taking a bad fall fighting a competitor four ranks senior to him, he picked himself back up and scored his match-winning point to take first. In an older boys beginner division, Mr Iesa Zudeen used his best weapon to take his points; his final match went into extra time and when the dust cleared, Zudeen had claimed a very respectable second place in his first ever tournament appearance. Ms Addy Smette fought with her characteristic grace and won two of three matches to claim third place in her division. In a separate division, in a scenario becoming familiar to the Alliance team, twins Ben and Gavin Fryhling cut through the opposition and ended up in the match for first and second together. Mr Ben gained the upper hand by staying mobile and came away with first place with Mr Gavin taking second.

Fritel scores two final points to take first.

Fritel scores two final points to take first.

In the jr blackbelt divisions, Mr Tanner Olson and Mr Braden Fritel represented Alliance.  Olson returned to the ring for the first time in over two years; though rusty, Olson acquitted himself well.  Mr Braden Fritel slammed through multiple opponents with his characteristic speed and accuracy. Fritel, injured during the second match, persevered to fight the final match for first place against an older and larger opponent. Despite these disadvantages, Fritel kept his cool, picking targets and committing to scoring to defeat his opponent and take first place.

Adult blackbelt breaking was the second to last event of the day, and consisted of two rings of black belts setting up breaking sequences of up to ten boards each. Four of our Alliance blackbelts demonstrated their skill in a division of nearly twenty competitors; all showed well and Mr Dale Schniebel earned a second place finish with a powerful and focused performance.

A separate breaking event for Masters, in which there are no limits (within reason) to the number of boards, bricks or stations, is also unique to the Greenquist Invitational. This year Master Devon Waldron competed, breaking twelve boards and nine bricks to claim the Masters’ Breaking Champion award.

The black belt fighting divisions were divided into under eighteen men, under eighteen women, lightweight men, heavyweight men, and women. In the under eighteen divisions, Mr Logan Olson fought two time Minnesota state champion and national competitor Cameron Kerns of Detroit Lakes; Mr Logan lost to the more seasoned fighter but kept up much better than in previous bouts, and took third overall. Mr Kyle Sanford battled a handful of opponents in the heavyweight division, making it to the final match and taking second overall. In the men’s championship title, Mr Jesse Kipp – a Greenquist fighter – challenged Mr Charles Smith for the title belt, but was denied by the precise and athletic performance of Smith; Master Charles Smith officially keeps the belt for another year.

Some of the juniors crew, waiting to watch the blackbelt breaking and sparring.

Some of the juniors crew, waiting to watch the blackbelt breaking and sparring.

Alliance would like to thank the Greenquist Academy for hosting the tournament and providing a wonderful environment for competition and both team and personal growth. We would also like to congratulate the entire team on all the hard work, and thank the parents, instructors and coaches who have supported them. As always, our gratitude goes out to Grandmaster Eric Greenquist for his many years of dedication and instruction, and Great Grandmaster Moo Young Yun for his tireless efforts in the promotion of Korean martial arts.

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Bemidji Invitational 2016

Eight competitors from Alliance Taekwondo made the trip out to Bemidji / Cass Lake the first weekend of February to compete in the Bemidji Invitational tournament. The team for this event was captained by jr blackbelt Braden Fritel, stepping up to show leadership. The underbelts included Eddie Lin, Madison Rud, Mason Rud, Andrew Burger, Alex Hamilton and Addy and Keith Smette. Together they claimed twenty-one top three placements.

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The Bemidji crew – absent their captain – with awards.

Alliance’s only junior blackbelt competitor, Mr Braden Fritel, earned a third place finish in blackbelt forms in a very competitive juniors division with Koryo.  In underbelt forms, seven Alliance competitors entered seven separate divisions.  In a juniors advanced division, Mr Eddie Lin showed off the hard work he’s been doing and took first.  In the intermediate adult divisions, Ms Madison Rud took third in forms as did Mr Mason Rud.  Mr Alex Hamilton took third in a junior division.  In the beginner divisions, Mr Keith Smette took second place with sister Addy taking third in a separate division.

In breaking, Mr Eddie Lin took third in his advanced division.  Mr Alex Hamilton took third in a juniors intermediate division, and Mr Keith Smette took third in a beginner division.

Mr Braden Fritel was the lone Alliance weapons competitor as well, and in a division of twelve he took third place with a rusty but competent demonstration of Shaolin Quan.

In the underbelt sparring divisions, Mr Eddie fought hard and smart in a tough division; he sunk his first opponent, but was outscored by a single point in his final match and took a very respectable second place.  In an intermediate division, Mr Alex Hamilton fought well in his furthest tournament from home, denying all comers and wading through three opponents to claim first place.  In an older intermediate division, Mr Andrew Burger fought well in multiple matches of a round-robin, losing one match but winning two and claiming second place.  In separate young beginner divisions, siblings Addy and Keith Smette battled three opponents each.  Addy took first in her division, showing beautiful roundhouse kicks in every match; Keith was energetic and tenacious and took home second place in his division.  Twins Madison and Mason Rud competed in two adult divisions each.  In a chain of fights, Ms Madison Rud showed perseverance and strategy and would not be denied in either division, taking first in both.  Mr Mason Rud traded fierce blows with his opponents and ended up taking third in both of his divisions.

In the jr blackbelt division, Mr Braden Fritel showed his skill and his mettle.  Mr Braden went untouched up until the match for first and second, including scoring many points on a bigger and stronger opponent.  Fritel’s friend and frequent opponent Wyatt Hermanson of Roughrider cleared the other side of the bracket, and the two again ended up fighting for first and second. This time around, Mr Braden took both rounds for a decisive win and claimed first place.

After a long driver back to the Fargo hotel that night, the crew hit the road the next morning, narrowly dodging some nasty weather.

After a long drive back to the Fargo hotel that night, the crew hit the road the next morning, narrowly dodging some nasty weather.

While roads were decent both days on the journey out, inclement weather threatened the travelers on the way back. The two and a half hour drive back to Fargo that night saw more than one of the young competitors passed out, but it didn’t stop them from getting in some quality team swimming time back at the hotel.  With a snowstorm approaching Fargo on Sunday, they slept in but skipped town earlier than planned to drive the last leg of the trip home.  Despite snow flurries and intense fog, the crew made it home in time to catch the Super Bowl.

Alliance would like to thank Grandmaster Cindy Brandt for hosting the tournament and providing a solid environment for competition where Alliance students experienced both team and personal growth. We would also like to congratulate the entire team on all the hard work, and thank the parents, instructors and coaches who have supported them. As always, our gratitude goes out to Grandmaster Eric Greenquist for his many years of dedication and instruction, and Great Grandmaster Moo Young Yun for his tireless efforts in the promotion of martial arts.

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Capitol City Championship Invitational 2016

Alliance Taekwondo participated in the 2016 Capitol City Championship Invitational on January 23rd with a crew of fifteen solid competitors.  The Alliance team included blackbelts Caleb and Logan Olson, junior blackbelts Austin Hunt and Braden Fritel, and underbelts Cameron Lemere, Logan King, Madison and Mason Rud, Andrew Burger, Alex Hamilton, Camden Archambeau, Ben and Gavin Fryhling and Addy and Keith Smette.  The team took home forty-two awards, including seventeen first place finishes, fourteen second place finishes and six third place finishes.

The Capitol City crew with their awards.

The Capitol City crew with their awards.

At the jr blackbelt level, Mr Braden Fritel earned a second place finish in a very competitive forms division; he also placed second in weapons with an underpracticed but still strong staff set.  In underbelt forms, Logan King earned an honorable mention at the advanced level.  In the intermediate divisions, Ms Madison Rud took first in forms and Mr Mason Rud took third.  In the junior divisions, Mr Andrew Burger took second, and in younger divisions Mr Alex Hamilton took first while newcomer Camden Archambeau took second.  In the beginner divisions, Mr Gavin Fryhling took first while twin brother Ben earned an honorable mention.  Ms Addy Smette took second place with brother Keith taking third.

In breaking, red belts Cameron Lemere and Logan King took second place in their respective advanced divisions.  Siblings Mason and Madison Rud took first and third respectively in separate intermediate divisions.  Mr Andrew Burger took first in his juniors breaking division, while Mr Alex Hamilton took third in a younger division.  At the beginner level, Ms Addy Smette took first, Mr Gavin Fryhling took second, Mr Keith Smette took third and Mr Ben Fryhling won an honorable mention.

In the jr blackbelt breaking divisions, brothers Austin Hunt and Braden Fritel struck hard and fast to claim the top two spots, earning first and second respectively.

In the underbelt sparring divisions, Mr Logan King and Mr Cameron Lemere battled through two sides of the same advanced bracket to end up facing each other for the top placement.  In a fast but friendly bout King took first, edging out the younger Lemere who was relegated to a very respectable second place finish.  Madison and Mason Rud competed in separate adult intermediate divisions, both denying all comers to take first place each.  In the younger intermediate divisions, Mr Andrew Burger waded through opponents to take first; Mr Alex Hamilton had a similar showing, netting first in a separate division.  In the beginner rings, Ms Addy Smette, Mr Ben Fryhling and Mr Gavin Fryhling all took first place in separate divisions.  After being defeated by teammate Ben Fryhling in the second heat, Mr Keith Smette won his final match and claimed third place in his division.

In the jr blackbelt division fighting divisions, Mr Braden Fritel cleared his opponents until being matched against Roughrider rival Wyatt Hermanson; in a virtually scoreless match that went into a second overtime, Hermanson won a single point to claim first, with Fritel taking home second place.

Mr Logan Olson competed in the adult blackbelt men’s sparring division, battling two Roughrider opponents and taking third after the dust cleared.

Alliance also saw five competitors finish in the power challenge; Logan Olson, Austin Hunt, Cameron Lemere and Alex Hamilton all took home gold for their age groups, and Braden Fritel took home silver in his group.  Power challenge is a contest in which a competitor performs three elementary striking techniques to a padded target, which electronically measures the force delivered.

Alliance would like to thank the Ehrmantraut’s Academy for hosting the tournament and providing these opportunities. We would also like to congratulate the entire team on all the hard work, and thank the parents, instructors and coaches who have supported them. As always, our gratitude goes out to Grandmaster Eric Greenquist for his many years of dedication and instruction, and Great Grandmaster Moo Young Yun for his tireless efforts in the promotion of Korean martial arts.

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Alliance School Photo

Last time Alliance took a school photo was December of 2010, roughly five years ago.  Now we can see some of those people who were white belts or colored belts as blackbelts and jr blackbelts.  We see some of our blackbelts in both pictures, people who have been with us for quite a long time now.  In martial arts culture, dedication and loyalty are to be honored and cherished.  Alliance is proud of the people that are part of our martial arts family.

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Charity Breakathon 2015

breakathon2015webFor the second year in a row, Alliance Taekwondo will be hosting a charity breakathon. Students at Alliance “sell” boards that they are then allowed to break, challenging themselves and demonstrating their skill. All are encouraged to come and watch.

Proceeds go to two local charities, the North Dakota Federation for Children’s Mental Health and Mental Health America, North Dakota chapter.  In previous years, Alliance has raised over $500 for these charities through the breakathon event.

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Roughrider Invitational 2015

Alliance Taekwondo attended the 2015 Rougherider Invitational Championship on October 24th. The Alliance crew, seventeen competitors strong, included blackbelts Tammy Fairbanks, Lynsey Eberle and Caleb Olson and junior blackbelts Austin Hunt and Braden Fritel; underbelt competitors included Cameron Lemere, Logan King, Tristian Glass, Justin and Tanner LaFavor, Madison and Mason Rud, Andrew Burger, Kaitlyn Retzer, Alex Hamilton and Ben and Gavin Fryhling. The team took home twenty-seven awards and a grand championship; Alliance came away from the tournament with thirteen first place finishes, seven second place finishes, seven third place finishes, two honorable mention fourth place finishes as well as the blackbelt grand championship trophy.

The Alliance crew with trophies after the 2015 Roughrider competition.

The Alliance crew with trophies after the 2015 Roughrider competition.

Ms Tammy Fairbanks, and Ms Lynsey Eberle competed in separate blackbelt forms divisions; both took first in their respective divisions. The jr blackbelt division had some stiff competition, but the Alliance youth team stepped it up and brothers Braden Fritel and Austin Hunt took second and third respectively. Junior blackbelt Braden Fritel also competed in weapons forms; despite being rusty and having to borrow a weapon, Fritel took third in a competitive division of skilled juniors.

In underbelt forms, seven juniors and two adults competed. In the adult divisions, Madison Rud took home first place while her twin brother Mason came away with third. In the junior divisions, Kaitlyn Retzer took home a third place trophy at the intermediate level in her first tournament appearance. In the beginner divisions, Alex Hamilton claimed first place with a strong showing and in a seperate division, twins Ben and Gavin Fryhling took first and second, respectively.

In breaking, four underbelts placed in their respective divisions. At an advanced level, Mr Logan King placed second. In the intermediate divisions, Mr Tanner LaFavor secured second place. In the beginer divisions, Mr Gavin Fryhling took first place and Alex Hamilton earned himself an honorable mention in fourth place.

In the always competitive jr blackbelt division, Mr Braden Fritel showed his mettle with focus and power to claim first place. Mr Austin Hunt didn’t hold back and took second right after him.

In the adult blackbelt divisions, Alliance fielded two competitors.  Ms Lynsey Eberle competed in the women’s division and crushed boards with intensity ending in a five board knife hand to secure first place.  In a new experience for all competitors, Mr Caleb Olson competed in breaking.  In his first tournament appearance since an accident which left his lower body paralyzed, Mr Caleb demonstrated that it’s still possible to deliver power and show martial skill, and won an honorable mention fourth place finish.

In the sparring divisions, the Alliance underbelts had quite a run. In an advanced division – fighting one division over his rank – Mr Justin LaFavor earned third place for himself in a stronger showing than any previous tournament. In the intermediate divisions, Mr Mason Rud took first place and Ms Madison Rud took third place in adult fighting, and Mr Tristian Glass took third in a junior division. At the beginner level, Mr Alex Hamilton – only two and a half weeks out of an injury that had him on crutches for two months – plowed through his opposition and would not be denied first place. In a separate division, twins Ben and Gavin dished out point-scoring kicks on either side of their bracket, both making it to the first place match. In a close fight that went into over time, Gavin scored the winning point and claimed victory, securing first for himself while Ben earned a very respectable second place finish.

The junior blackbelt divisions split into older and younger juniors. The younger boys division was dominated by Alliance competitor Braden Fritel, who decisively claimed first place, despite taking a painful blow to the leg in the first match. In the older division, Austin Hunt fought through a single elimination bracket of tough, low-scoring matches, making his way to the first place match. In a close fight, he was narrowly denied a victory and claimed second place.

Blackbelt fighting was two rounds of two-minute continuous per match.  Now a veteran of blackbelt fighting, Ms Lynsey Eberle slammed through all of her opponents round after round, for an indubitable lockdown of the first place position.

Grandchampion Lynsey Eberle and runner up Braden Fritel with Grandmaster Ted Fitzsimmons

Grandchampion Lynsey Eberle and runner up Braden Fritel with Grandmaster Ted Fitzsimmons

Of three possible Grand Championship titles this year, Alliance students were in contention for two of them.  In the underbelt under 15 Grand Championship, Gavin Fryhling tied up with a Roughrider red belt; Fryhling nearly won the trophy, but was edged out after a forms run-off with a split decision.  There was also a tie for the blackbelt grand championship trophy, between two Alliance blackbelts – junior blackbelt Braden Fritel and adult blackbelt Lynsey Eberle.  In another forms run-off – in which Fritel really upped his game, showing perhaps his best Koryo to date – Eberle’s highly polished Koryo couldn’t be beat; Eberle claimed the title and took home the Grand Championship trophy, a solid end to a triumphant day.

Alliance would like to thank the Roughrider Academy and Grandmaster Ted Fitzsimmons for hosting the tournament and providing these opportunities. We would also like to congratulate the entire team on all the hard work, and thank the parents, instructors and coaches who have supported them. As always, our gratitude goes out to Grandmaster Eric Greenquist for his many years of dedication and instruction, and Great Grandmaster Moo Young Yun for his tireless efforts in the promotion of Korean martial arts.

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Alliance Taekwondo – “Martial Arts is a Journey” – 2014-2015

Alliance has just finished work on a promotional composition designed to highlight the philosophy and activity of Alliance Taekwondo. The footage is from autumn of 2014; production occurred March-May 2015. The video was developed with local Grammy nominated Makoché Studios.

A few of the stars of the production at Makoché Studios in March to record lines.

The video was shot in nothing less than full HD (1080p) with many shots in 4K. Four cameras were used, and footage was recorded during training sessions.  Video was also recorded at the Roughrider tournament in 2014; a special thanks goes to Grandmaster Ted Fitzsimmons for permitting us to film during the event.

You can view the production in our Video Gallery; please share the video if you enjoy it!

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Detroit Lakes Invitational 2015

Nine competitors from Alliance Taekwondo made the trip out to Detroit Lakes the first weekend of June to compete in the Detroit Lakes Invitational Tournament. The team for this event was captained by jr blackbelts Austin Hunt and Braden Fritel, stepping up to show leadership in the absence of some of the more experienced blackbelts; joining them were underbelts Cameron Lemere, Logan King, Tristian Glass, Andrew Burger, Alex Hamilton and Gavin and Ben Fryhling.  Together they claimed seventeen top three placements and four honorable mentions.

The Detroit Lakes crew.

Alliance’s only junior blackbelt competitor, Mr Braden Fritel, earned a fourth place honorable mention in blackebelt forms with Koryo. In underbelt forms, Mr Cameron Lemere and Mr Logan King competed in separate advanced divisions, earning third place each in their respective divisions.  In the intermediate divisions, Mr Tristian Glass took first place in his first ever tournament performance.  In three separate beginner divisions Andrew Burger placed third, Alex Hamilton took first place and twins Gavin and Ben took fourth and second, respectively.

In an enormous breaking division of nearly twenty competitors, Mr Braden Fritel took third place, breaking quickly using difficult techniques.  With speed and power, Mr Cameron Lemere took first in a younger advanced division.  In separate beginner divisions, Burger claimed the first place position and Mr Alex Hamilton also secured first place in his division, while Gavin earned third place in yet another division.

Mr Caleb Olson, sporting his new set of hand crafted nunchaku from the Hermansons and the Roughrider Academy.

It’s very important to note here that support for Mr Caleb Olson has not dwindled. Through the facilitation of Grandmaster Ted Fitzsimmons and Roughrider Taekwondo, the Hermanson family was generous enough to donate several sets of hand made nunchaku, which Master Lucas Holzhueter allowed us to include with his booster club’s silent auction at the tournament. We sold all of the sets of nunchaku but one, which the Roughrider crew gifted directly to Mr Caleb.  A special thanks goes out the Roughrider, the Hermanson family, Master Lucas and everyone who bought a pair of the nunchaku and supported Mr Caleb.

In the underbelt sparring divisions, Mr Cameron fought hard in a tough division; he took a bad fall early on but persevered to finish with a fourth place honorable mention.  Mr Logan King’s bracket was incorrectly adjusted in the ring after being written out correctly at the head table; as a result, Mr Logan was denied a chance to fight for third place despite being told he would get that opportunity.  In an intermediate division, Mr Tristian fought well in his first ever tournament showing and claimed third place. In the beginner divisions, Mr Andrew Burger fought well in multiple matches; in a very intense final match, Mr Andrew had his only loss in four tournaments and claimed second place. In a separate, younger beginner division, Mr Alex Hamilton reprised his two and one record from the last tournament, claiming the second place spot. In another young beginner division, twins Gavin and Ben Fryhling ended up battling each other for first place after eliminating the competition; in the end, Ben beat out his brother and claimed first place with Gavin taking second right behind him.

In the jr blackbelt divisions, which were two rounds of continuous fighting per match, Mr Austin Hunt and Mr Braden Fritel competed in separate divisions.  Hunt showcased some of his best fighting to date and took second place.  Fritel also fought well in one of the most competitive jr blackbelt divisions of the year, and finished in fourth place after six hot, intense minutes of combat.

Most of the crew hanging out and getting ready before the competition.

Alliance would like to thank Master Lucas Holzhueter for hosting the tournament and providing a solid environment for competition where Alliance students experienced both team and personal growth.  We would also like to congratulate the entire team on all the hard work, and thank the parents, instructors and coaches who have supported them.  As always, our gratitude goes out to Grandmaster Eric Greenquist for his many years of dedication and instruction, and Great Grandmaster Moo Young Yun for his tireless efforts in the promotion of martial arts.

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Greenquist Championship Invitational 2015

Alliance Taekwondo brought a solid team with some old veterans and some up and coming students to the 2015 Greenquist Championship Invitational, with seven underbelt competitors and seven black belt competitors.  Alliance juniors and veterans Shauna Fairbanks and Braden Fritel were joined by underbelts Eddie Lin, Logan King, Justin Lafavor, Andrew Burger, Rowan Fleischer-Daugherty and Alex Hamilton.  Together with adult underbelt competitor Madison Rud, they claimed sixteen places and three honorable mentions.  Five adult blackbelts including Lynsey Eberle, Logan Olson and Kyle Sanford, as well as instructors Tammy Fairbanks and Dale Schneibel, took home nine awards and two honorable mentions.

The Greenquist 2015 Crew

The Masters’ forms division were first, with Master Devon Waldron taking fourth and Alliance alumnus Master Charles Smith taking first.  Blackbelt forms followed; Mr Dale Schneibel took third place in his division with his presentation of Taebek, and Mr Kyle Sanford received a fourth place honorable mention in a large forms division with a powerful display of Kumgang.  In a highly competitive division of young ladies, Ms Lynsey Eberle claimed yet another forms first place.  In separate junior blackbelt divisions, Ms Shauna Fairbanks and Mr Braden Fritel both earned honorable mentions with fourth place finishes.

In underbelt forms, five juniors and one adult competed.  In an advanced division, Mr Eddie Lin earned himself a 3rd place finish.  In three separate beginner divisions Andrew Burger, Rowan Fleischer-Daugherty and Alex Hamilton placed fourth, third and first, respectively.

In breaking, Mr Braden Fritel took second, picking up the pace after missing his first kick.  In the underbelt divisions Mr Eddie Lin and Mr Alex Hamilton each secured third place in their respective divisions.

In a fun event unique to the Greenquist Invitational, all competitors were encouraged to participate in a belt-tying competition to see which competitors could tie their belts fastest – correctly.  We had one student take first for his age group – Mr Alex Hamilton earned himself the only trophy awarded for tying his belt correctly faster than anyone else in his divisions.

In a separate breaking event, the Jay Halvorson Memorial Trophy was up for grabs to the person breaking the most stacked boards with a single knifehand strike.  After winning last year for the first time, Mr Dale Schneibel of Alliance slammed through seven boards without issue.  After the seven board round, he and another challenger went head to head in an eight board contest.  While Schniebel only broke three of the eight boards, that was three more than his challenger and so he claimed the Memorial Trophy for the second year in a row.

The #TeamCaleb table team. Thanks, guys!

The #TeamCaleb table team. Thanks, guys!

Throughout the event a group of students, family and friends – headed up by Karmen and Megan Sanford – ran a table selling Team Caleb bracelets.  We were able to raise funds to help Caleb and his family recover and adapt after Caleb’s injury.  A big thank you goes out to all of you who helped run the table and sell the bracelets, and to everybody who bought them or donated to support this effort.  Another big thank you goes out to Grandmaster Eric Greenquist who facilitated the sales table and has been supportive throughout.

In the underbelt sparring divisions, Mr Logan King edged out Mr Eddie Lin for the chance to fight for first place in their advanced division.  Mr Eddie claimed third place with a win in his final match.  In a rough match for first and second that ended with good sportsmanship, King came away with the second place medal.  In an intermediate division, Mr Justin Lafavor went undefeated to claim first place.  In an older intermediate division, Ms Madison Rud fought hard and secured a third place finish in her first tournament showing.  In the beginner divisions, Mr Andrew Burger slammed through a number of opponents to claim his third first place finish in sparring in as many tournaments.  In a separate, younger beginner division, Mr Alex Hamilton went two and one to claim the third place spot.

In the jr blackbelt divisions, Ms Shauna Fairbanks and Mr Braden Fritel competed in separate divisions.  Fairbanks fought smart and sharp, again defeating much more imposing competitors to claim third.  Fritel also fought well, loosing only one match to an up-and-comping Detroit Lakes junior blackbelt; Fritel really opened up in his final match and secured a third place finish.

Adult blackbelt breaking was the second to last event of the day, and consisted of two rings of black belts setting up breaking sequences of up to ten boards each.  In a strange under eighteen division in which adult blackbelts broke re-breakable boards, Mr Logan Olson took second and Ms Lynsey Eberle took fourth.  In the full on adult blackbelt breaking, four of our Alliance blackbelts demonstrated their skill in a division of nearly twenty competitors; all showed well, and Olson was a mere board away from earning a placement.

The black belt fighting divisions were divided into under eighteen men, under eighteen women, lightweight men, heavyweight men, and women.  In the under eighteen divisions, Mr Logan Olson won his match against skilled Roughrider opponent David Knoll, but was defeated by two time Minnesota state champion and national competitor Cameron Kerns of Detroit Lakes.  Olson went on to snipe a clean head kick in his final round to clinch the win and claim third place.  Ms Lynsey Eberle cleaned up in the under eighteen women’s division, showing that hard work pays off and not giving up a single point on her way to claiming first place.  Mr Kyle Sanford again battled Master Lucas Holzhueter for first place in the heavyweight division, showing us some of his best fighting to date with the seasoned master and taking second overall in the heavyweight division.  Holzhueter moved on to face third degree blackbelt and director of Bozeman Taekwondo Bobby Cisco; in an upset, Cisco defeated Holzhueter by a single point for the chance to challenge the current title holder for the championship belt.  In a close match, Alliance alumnus Master Charles Smith edged out Cisco to retain his claim on the championship title belt.

Alliance would like to thank the Greenquist Academy for hosting the tournament and providing a wonderful environment for competition and both team and personal growth.  We would also like to congratulate the entire team on all the hard work, and thank the parents, instructors and coaches who have supported them.  As always, our gratitude goes out to Grandmaster Eric Greenquist for his many years of dedication and instruction, and Great Grandmaster Moo Young Yun for his tireless efforts in the promotion of martial arts.

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Caleb Olson Support Campaign

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Alliance Taekwondo is supporting Caleb Olson – one of our blackbelts – on his road to recovery from a serious accident in March. We’ll be selling silicone bracelets in support of Caleb from now until he comes home from Craig Hospital in late May.

We are asking a minimum $2 donation for each bracelet, though larger donations are welcome; all profit will go to helping the family. Contact friends of the family or ask about the bracelets at Alliance. Show us pictures of your crew wearing the bracelets on Facebook by tagging them with #TeamCaleb as well – the emotional support is as important as the financial support!

Grandmaster Eric Greenquist has kindly permitted us to offer the bracelets at the upcoming Greenquist Academy of Taekwondo Invitational Festival this weekend as well; look for us if you will be attending the event!

If there is sufficient interest, Alliance is also looking at making some t-shirts with the same theme and purpose, so let us know if you are on board for that.

Special thanks to Ms Naomi and Mr Nik at Full Circle Martial Arts Academy for gifting us this awesome poster, too!

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