GREAT FALLS — Four Rocky Mountain Martial Arts students traveled north to Great Falls to compete with some of the state’s best Taekwondists at the Montana State Championships. The tournament was sanctioned and ran by the Montana Taekwondo Association and hosted by Grandmaster Scott Miranti.
Being the state championships did bring out some great competitors that made for some tough matches most of them tense and tough and decided by only a point or two.
RMMA students Hanna Thorsen, Mackenzie Rosenleaf, Marcus Page and Montana Parker gave some tough competition in return.
Hannah is growing in experience and determination she took bronze in Poomse and Silver in sparring. Keep growing as you are and there are lots of gold in your future.
Mackenzie saw her first competition in a long time and competed without much preparation at all and wound up winning bronze in Poomse in the black belt division age 15 and above. Mackenzie’s return looks bright for RMMA and a bright future for “Mack”
Marcus is the RMMA “Ever Ready Bunny” and knows only one speed and direction – fast forward. That is the reason he took silver in both sparring and Poomse.
Montana took silver in Poomse but had the toughest of all RMMA sparring matches as she was not quite ready for head kicks but by the second round of the first match she began to adapt and battled hard to win the bronze medal.
This tournament was the last MTA tournament of the season until next fall. There will be some summer tournaments such as the Big Sky State Games. RMMA’s summer programs include Friday trips to fun places all over western Montana.
RMMA teaches classes six days a week taught by World Taekwondo Federation certified instructors. Call 494-2754, stop in at 3233 Kennedy or check www.rmma-butte.com.
— Submitted by Master Jim Miller