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(Posted 8:30 p.m., March 23)
Orléans dojo wins three gold medals at WKC national championships
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Breanna Ouellette from the Elite Martial Arts and Fitness Centre in Orléans prepares to throw a kick in the points fighting event at the WKC National Championships in Ottawa on the weekend. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The Elite Martial Arts and Fitness Centre captured six medals at the WKC national championships held at the Delta Centre Hotel over the weekend, including three gold medals.

Jesse Munro led the way for the east end dojo with a gold medal in light contact continuous fighting and a gold in points fighting.

Munro easily defended his gold medal in continous fighting in the +70kg weight division of the boys 16- to 17-year-old age group, winning all thre of his fight by unanimous decision. He then improved on his bronze medal performance in points fighting a year ago, with a gold medal.

Munro will be looking to turn his Canadian gold medals into world championship gold when he competes in the WKC World Championships in Cadiz, Spain next fall..

He'll be joined in Spain by five-time world champion Rebecca Shaffer who will be competing on the world stage for the first time as an adult in the 18-and-over age group next fall.

Shaffer captured gold at the Canadian Championships in light contact continuous fighting in an exciting match against defending champion Sarah Drouin. But Drouin got her revenge by winning two of their three matchs in points fighting to win gold, leaving Shaffer to collect the silver.

"Our fight in continuous was ridiculous. I really wanted to make an impression because it was my first time fighting as an adult and she really wanted to keep her gold medal, so we were both super aggresive. The referee must have broken us up about 20 times in the first 20 seconds and we wanted him to just let us go at it," said Shaffer.

While Shaffer's uber-aggresive style won the day in continuous, Drouin's experience and impeccable timing stymied her in points fighting where the action is stopped everytime a point is scored.

"She's not like anyone I've ever fought before. In a way she's a lot like me. We're very evenly matched skill wise, but she was timing me perfectly."

Drouin easily won their first match 14-7. Their second round fight was a lot closer, but Drouin was still the clear winner. By the time they fought in the third and final round, Drouin had already clinched the gold medal and Shaffer had the silver medal locked up as well. The were fighting more for pride than glory.

"I really wanted to prove to myself that I could beat her," said Shaffer, who was leading 6-4 in the final fight before Drouin landed a two point blow in the final five seconds to force an extra round.

With the score tied 3-3, it was looking as though a second extra round would be needed when Shaffer scored a point at the buzzer to win the match.

As impressive as Shaffer was competing in the adult age group for the first time, 14-year-old Breanna Ouellette did the Elite Martial Arts and Fitness Centre proud by capturing in a silver medal competing for the very first time in points fighting.

At past Canadian championships, Ouellette competed in the kata, or forms, events. Last year, she won a gold medal in Chinese style forms and a bronze in freestyle. This year she focused her attention on the ring and it paid off in a silver medal. Unfortunately, it took some of her attention away from forms which resulted in a fourth place finish in Chinese style, although she did manage to rebound with a silver medal in Korean style.

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