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Inyodo hosts Martial Arts Championship

Special to the DailyAbel Ucelo of Arizona performs a kick during the form competition of the Vail Martial Arts Championships.

Vail has a new mountain and it isn’t easy getting to the top.

Inyodo Martial Arts hosted the Vail Martial Arts Championship recently at Red Sandstone. The hosts swept the 4-12-year-old judo competition. Proving medals aren’t just for kids, the adults took the stage.

Kim Christodal from Inyodo Martial Arts shared the podium with Abel Ucelo from Arizona in first and second place, respectively. Cindy Kirkland also from Inyodo brought home the gold in the senior division.

Children’s Olympic tae kwon do sparring was the next focus, highlighted by the experienced Denver schools.

M.L. Parr’s Tae Kwon Do Academy of Loveland proved to be a dominant force in this year’s championship, medaling in every belt division.

The breaking competition was a highlight. Open to all ages, the demolition match of breaking was a crowd favorite. Tiger Kim’s School from Denver provided the exclamation mark with a “running up a human wall” back flip break.

Denver schools ultimately showed their prowess in Olympic sparring as Aaron Pena took first in the 14-17 year old black belt division.

The adult Olympic sparring was dominated by Justin Songer of Inyodo Martial Arts, who put on a clinic with powerful head kicks.

However, he was unable to compete in the point-sparring division due to injury, leaving the door open for Lisvang Varens of Arizona to finish in first place.

The championship was well-attended and has been formally requested by the Colorado State Tae Kwon Do Association to be listed as an annual state event.

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