In April, eight students from the McPherson Black Belt Academy and their Instructor, Rex Willems, competed at the final regional American Taekwondo Association tournament in Bellevue, Neb.
Results from the tournament saw Willems, a fifth degree black belt take first in forms, weapons and sparring and second in combat weapons.
Ben Hopkins, a second degree Black belt, took first in creative forms and extreme weapons, second in forms and weapons and fourth in combat weapons.
Elizabeth Metz, a second degree black belt finished first in forms and sparring, second in combat weapons and third in weapons.
T.J. Secord, a first degree black belt, took fourth in forms, sparring and combat weapons.
Montana Brown, a first degree black belt, finished first in sparring and combat weapons and fourth in forms and weapons.
Tristin Swain, a first degree black belt, was first in forms, sparring and combat weapons.
Mervyn John, a red belt, took second in forms and third in weapons.
Katelynn Reed, a green belt, was second in forms and third in sparring and combat weapons.
Taiya Young, a white belt, was second in forms and sparring.
Almost 300 students from several states participated in the event.
The following day, Willems, John and Swain attended a day long clinic on Krav Maga, an Israeli style of self-defense.
Now the tournament team is preparing for the district championships in Kansas City this month.