Members of the McPherson Black Belt Academy joined 150 competitors from six states during a Regional American Taekwondo Association tournament in Grand Island, Neb., in March.

Members of the McPherson Black Belt Academy joined 150 competitors from six states during a Regional American Taekwondo Association tournament in Grand Island, Neb., in March.


All seven students and instructor Rex Willems placed during the competition.

Willems, a fifth-degree black belt, took first place in forms, traditional weapons, sparring and combat weapons.

Other first place finishes came from Elizabeth Metz, a second-degree black belt, Mervyn John, Hannah Reynolds and AJ Reynolds, all brown belts, and Joyanna Burns, a yellow belt. Metz took first in forms and second in traditional weapons and sparring.

John was also first in forms and took second in traditional weapons, sparring and combat weapons.

AJ Reynolds was first in forms and second in sparring, while Burns was first in forms and sparring.

Hannah Reynolds was first in sparring and second in forms.

Aden Hultberg, a first-degree black belt, was third in forms, sparring and combat weapons. Montana Brown, a first-degree black belt, was second in sparring and third in forms.