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 separate 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 beginner 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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Mr Caleb Olson

One of our own – blackbelt and longtime student Mr Caleb Olson – has been in a very serious accident and has sustained serious damage to his back.  He is facing a very long and difficult road to recovery; please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Caleb is a vibrant and dedicated young blackbelt csocropwho trains hard and is a sincere assistant instructor with Alliance.  Caleb has been training with Alliance for nearly seven years along with his brother Logan – and later his brother Tanner – and every minute has been a pleasure.

If you would like to find out more and follow Caleb’s progress, his family has set up a CaringBridge page for him.  If you have any wish to help out his family, he has a GoFundMe page set up as well.  Alliance is also putting together initiatives to help the family; stay tuned for further details.

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Capitol City Championship Invitational 2015

Alliance Taekwondo participated in the 2015 Capitol City Championship Invitational on January 24th with a crew of twelve solid competitors.  The Alliance team included blackbelts Dale Schneibel, Lynsey Eberle and Logan Olson, junior blackbelts Justin Story and Austin Hunt, and underbelts Eddie Lin, Zach Miller, Cameron Lemere, Logan King, Justin LaFavor, Andrew Burger and Alex Hamilton.  The team took home forty  awards; Alliance came away from the tournament with seven first place finishes, eight second place finishes and seven third place finishes.

Capitol City 2015 Crew With Trophies

Mr Dale Schneibel, Mr Lynsey Eberle and Mr Logan Olson competed in blackbelt forms; Schneibel took third in his division while Olson claimed second and Eberle claimed third in a separate division.  Jr blackbelts Justin Story and Austin Hunt took first and third with solid showings of Koryo in a juniors division.

In underbelt forms, seven juniors competed; Mr Zach Miller, Mr Eddie Lin, Mr Cameron Lemere, Mr Logan King, Mr Justin LaFavor, Mr Andrew Burger and Mr Alex Hamilton.  In three separate advanced divisions Mr Zach Miller – in his best forms showing to date – Mr Eddie Lin and Mr Cameron Lemere all earned first place wins from the judges.  In separate intermediate divisions, Mr Logan King took home second and Mr Justin LaFavor took home first.  In the beginner divisions, both Mr Andrew Burger and Mr Alex Hamilton came away with first place.  It was a strong day for Alliance underbelt forms competitors!

Mr Dale Schneibel, Ms Lynsey Eberle, Mr Logan Olson and Mr Justin Story also competed in weapons.  In the adult blackbelt division Alliance almost secured a clean sweep, with Olson taking second, Eberle taking third and Schneibel earning a fourth place honorable mention.  In a separate juniors division, Story secured first place with a sharp showing of traditional Hapkido bo-staff.

In breaking, most of the Alliance underbelts placed.  Eddie Lin and Cameron Lemere both took first in their respective advanced divisions.  Mr Logan King and Mr Justin LaFavor took first and third respectively in separate intermediate divisions.  Mr Andrew Burger and Mr Alex Hamilton both took first in their beginner divisions as well.

Junior blackbelts Justin Story and Austin Hunt took third and first respectively, Hunt with a solid, confident performance and Story showing that he meant business.  In adult blackbelt breaking, Schneibel took second and Olson took third behind him; in a separate division Eberle earned third.

In the sparring divisons, the underbelts had a solid run.  Mr Zach Miller fought well and earned his way into the first place match, after which he came away with second.  Training brothers Eddie Lin and Cameron Lemere were in a tough division with an experienced fighter from Minnesota.  Lemere came away with second place after a good showing in the match for the top spot; Lin was awarded a fourth place honorable mention for his performance.

In a tough junior blackbelt division, Mr Justin Story faced off against a seasoned opponent in what should probably have been the match for first and second; in what was arguably the match of the day, Story pulled ahead in overtime and sealed the win.  It was smooth sailing from there, and Story ended up facing training brother Austin Hunt; Story took first and Hunt placed second.

In a separate division, Ms Lynsey Eberle faced off against a seasoned Master for first place in a match which rivaled Story’s earlier bout for match of the day.  After both competitors scored points, including Eberle ceding a point to her opponent for leaving the ring, the match went to overtime; Eberle fought well but was edged out by the more experienced fighter and claimed second place.

Mr Logan Olson competed in the adult blackbelt men’s sparring division, taking first in an energetic match with a second degree blackbelt in which he showcased some excellent kicking skills with a number of accurate techniques to the head.

Alliance also saw four competitors finish in the power challenge; Mr Logan Olson finished with gold, while Lynsey Eberle, Justin Story and Cameron Lemere all took home silver.  Power challenge is a contest in which a competitor performs three elementary striking techniques to a padded target, which electronically measures the force delivered.

Finally, both Lynsey Eberle and Justin Story would secure the Grand Championship awards for their age groups due to their strong and capable performance throughout the tournament.  Congratulations to them on strong showings and achievement after training hard to prepare and improve.

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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Roughrider Invitational 2014

Alliance Taekwondo participated in the 2014 Rougherider Invitational Championship on October 18th with a crew of fourteen solid competitors.  The Alliance team,  twleve competitors strong, included blackbelts Tammy Fairbanks, Dale Schneibel, Kyle Sanford, Lynsey Eberle, Caleb Olson and Logan Olson, junior blackbelts Shauna Fairbanks, Tanner Olson, Justin Story and Braden Fritel, and underbelts Emily Frieze and Eddie Lin.  The team took home twenty-three awards and a grand championship; Alliance came away from the tournament with seven first place finishes, eight second place finishes and seven third place finishes, as well as the youth grand championship trophy.

The 2014 Roughrider Invitational competition crew with trophies.

Ms Tammy Fairbanks, Mr Dale Schneibel and Mr Kyle Sanford competed in adult blackbelt forms for Alliance, with new adult blackbelts Lynsey Eberle and Caleb and Logan Olson competing in separate forms divisions.  Tammy Fairbanks and Logan Olson both took third in their respective divisions, and Lynsey Eberle secured a solid first place win with an excellent and precise Koryo.  The jr blackbelt divisions were divided into younger and older competitors.  In the older division, Justin Story, even though feeling rusty, took first place; in the younger division, Braden Fritel took second.

In underbelt forms, two juniors competed; Ms Emily Frieze and Mr Eddie Lin. Lin, in his first tournament appearance, claimed the first place trophy for his presentation of Pal Gae Yuk Chung.

Two adult blackbelts and two junior blackbelts also competed in weapons.  Of the four, Ms Lynsey Eberle placed second in her adult weapons division, Mr Justin Story took third in his jr blackbelt division and Mr Braden Fritel took first in his first tournament appearance at the jr blackbelt level.

In breaking, underbelts Emily Frieze and Eddie Lin competed.  Lin came out of his division with a second place trophy.

In the jr blackbelt divisions, Justin Story, Tanner Olson and Braden Fritel took home trophies; Story and Fritel claimed second place in their respective divisions and Olson taking third in a separate division.  In the adult blackbelt divisions Alliance fielded five competitors, with Ms Lynsey Eberle and Mr Caleb Olson coming away with second place finishes.  In the men’s division, Mr Dale Schneibel finished ahead of Olson to claim the first place trophy.

In the sparring divisions, underbelt Eddie Lin had a solid run.  Lin, in his tournament debut, fought through three opponents; with two wins and one loss, Mr Eddie Lin claimed third place.

The junior blackbelt divisions were once again split into older and younger juniors.  In a younger girls-only division, Ms Shauna Fairbanks stepped up her game and, with good coaching and her best sparring performance to date, defeated bigger more aggressive fighters to claim first place in a round robin bracket.  The younger boys division saw some of the best young fighters on the circuit compete in a round robin bracket, with Alliance competitor Braden Fritel decisively claiming first place in his first tournament appearance as a junior blackbelt.  In the older division,  Justin Story fought through a single elimination bracket of tough, low-scoring matches to claim another first place.

New blackbelts Lynsey Eberle and brothers Caleb and Logan Olson fought for the first time in adult blackbelt divisions, all fighting against more experienced opponents.  Even so, Eberle took second in her division and Logan Olson took third in his division.  Mr Kyle Sanford competed in a separate blackbelt sparring division; Sanford picked up the pace after a slow start, and eventually secured third place.

Finally, after all was said and done, Mr Braden Fritel claimed the youth grand championship trophy as a result of placing higher in more events than any other competitor in the youth age group (under 15); congratulations to Mr Braden on a very successful tournament and 2014 Roughrider grand champion status.

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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New Alliance Blackbelts and Jr Blackbelt

Please join us in congratulating brothers Caleb Olson and Logan Olson on achieving the rank of 1st Dan, and Braden Fritel for achieving the rank of 1st Poom.

Brothers Caleb and Logan Olson have been training at Alliance since July of 2008; they achieved their junior blackbelts in May of 2011 and their 2nd degree junior blackbelts in the spring of 2013.  Now they are old enough to hold adult blackbelts, and both have been active competitors and assistant instructors at Alliance.  Mr Caleb is currently a student at Century High School, while Mr Logan attends Legacy High School.

Braden Fritel has been training since January of 2012; since then, Mr Braden has grown tremendously as a martial artist and put in many hours of hard work, dedication and competition.

New blackbelts Caleb and Logan Olson, and new jr blackbelt Braden Fritel with Master Devon Waldron.

Mr Caleb completed his exam for first degree blackbelt on October 11th, 2014; Mr Logan completed his only incomplete breaking technique shortly thereafter, completing his exam on the morning of October 18th, 2014.  Blackbelt testing is demanding, requiring the candidate to be accomplished in empty-hand technique and requires the candidate to be able to perform under pressure.  The brothers’ exam took about an hour an a half, wherein they displayed nine patterns and one hundred empty hand techniques, displayed additional self defense techniques and action sequences, and performed nearly twenty breaking and candle techniques.

After several months of training as a red belt, Mr Braden tested for his junior blackbelt on the 11th of October, 2014 at 1:00 PM.  The difficult exam lasted an hour and a half; Mr Braden demonstrated great attitude, a wealth of knowledge and an excellent degree of technical proficiency, and performed better than fifteen breaking and candle techniques.

Testing for blackbelt ranks is a privilege and an honor; only 2% of people who start training in martial arts make it to blackbelt.  It requires years of practice and dedication, and comes only after a student has accepted and done well with added responsibility, and has the recommendation of their instructors and Masters.

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Marquart Invitational 2014

Alliance Taekwondo would like to commend juniors competition and demo team member Mr Braden Fritel for putting in extra time and travel to compete at Grandmaster Eugene Marquart’s Taekwondo Invitational 2014.  It’s a smaller event, but it’s a tournament with a high degree of competition and this student put his training to the test; Mr Braden represented Alliance well, and the school is proud of him.

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Mr Braden Fritel with his two first place trophies from the Marquart Invitational 2014

In the advanced 9-11 forms division, Fritel took home the first place trophy.   In the advanced 9-11 sparring division, Mr Braden showed his fighting skill in some of his best matches to date, claiming first place after a final match with an experienced jr blackbelt fighter from a quality school in Minnesota.  Please join us in extending congratulations to Mr Braden Fritel, and best of luck to him and the rest of the team in the upcoming Roughrider tournament in October!

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