Academy of Martial Arts team qualifies for Korean World Championships

Staff reports
Academy of Martial Arts’ competition team competed in a World Kido Federation sanctioned tournament Nov. 7 in Dallas qualifing all 10 competitors to the Korean World Championships Martial Arts Tournament in Seoul, Korea in April. The team consists of Rhyley Oubre, Nicholas Engolio, Jason Villar, Owen Chartier, Bobby Cannon, Conor Cannon, Braylon Frederic, Brenan Cannon, Koby Hutchison and Kyle Hill. They are under the training of Master Frank Chartier, a Sixth Degree Black Belt in Hapkido.

John Griffin and Academy of Martial Arts’ competition team competed in a World Kido Federation sanctioned tournament Nov. 7 in Dallas qualifing all 10 competitors to the Korean World Championships Martial Arts Tournament in Seoul, Korea in April.

According to the guidelines of the tournament, any competitor that placed first, second or third in their division qualified.

Academy of Martial Arts  swept half of the divisions they  were in and placed in the top three in all the other bringing home 24 trophies, including 12 first places. 

Students placing from Academy of Martial Arts were: Rhyley Oubre of St. Amant, first in Weapons, first in Traditional Forms, third in Self Defense and third in Point Sparring.

Nicholas Engolio of Prairieville, first in Traditional Forms, second in Point Sparring.

Jason Villar of Gonzales, first in Weapons, second in Traditional Forms, first in Point Sparring.

Owen Chartier of Prairieville, first in Self Defense, third in Point Sparring.

Bobby Cannon of Gonzales, second in Point Sparring.

Conor Cannon of Gonzales, first in Traditional Forms, third in Self Defense, second in Point Sparring.

Braylon Frederic of St. Amant, first in Point Sparring, second in Traditional Forms.

Brenan Cannon of Gonzales, first in Traditional Forms, first in Point Sparring.

Koby Hutchison of Gonzales, second in Point Sparring.

Kyle Hill of Prairieville, first in Weapons, first in Demonstrations, second in Point Sparring, second in Tradition Forms.

Under the training of Master Frank Chartier, a Sixth Degree Black Belt in Hapkido, the boys have flourished and excelled in their skills as martial artists. They were the only team from Louisiana to qualify in this event, making them the only students in the entire state of Louisiana that will be allowed to travel to Korea to represent the United States of America at this tournament and be honored guests of the Korean Government.

The team has to raise funds for the trip. For more information contact Mallory or Frank at 225-644-2127.