Local martial arts school brings home the medals

Evolution Martial Arts Cranbrook Academy brings home some hardware following a mixed martial arts tournament in Fernie.

  • Mar. 14, 2013 12:00 p.m.
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Eight students from Evolution Martial Arts Cranbrook Academy took part in a mixed martial arts tournament in Fernie this past weekend, winning a total of 19 medals, including 9 provincial medals.

The events that Evolution took part in were intermediate continuous sparring, intermediate point-stop sparring, intermediate forms, provincial continuous sparring, provincial point-stop sparring, provincial hard forms, provincial Korean forms.

All the students put forth much effort and fought well at the tournament and did a great job of representing the Evolution Cranbrook Academy and demonstrated the 6 tenants of martial arts; Self-Control, Integrity, Perseverance, Courtesy, Modesty and Indomitable spirit.

“I’m very proud of all my students, they all did a great job. The kids enjoyed themselves and the adults say that it was a very valuable and fun learning experience, we all got to leave the tournament feeling proud of ourselves and of the Academy,” said Instructor Master Simon Wachon, 6th Degree Black Belt.

All the students from Evolution are very proud of the outcome, and can’t wait to improve their skills to do even better at the next tournament.

Check out the results below to see how everyone from the Evolution Martial Arts Cranbrook Academy fared in the provincial tournament.


Rhiannon Kowalchuk, under 12, – Gold for intermediate forms


Brayden McGifford, under 12, – Bronze for intermediate forms

Bronze for intermediate sparring


Evan McGifford, under 12, –  Gold for intermediate sparring

Silver for intermediate forms


Jonny White, under 18, –   Gold for provincial forms

Gold for intermediate point-stop sparring

Gold for  provincial point-stop sparring

Silver for provincial continues sparring

Bronze for intermediate continues sparring


Tyson Hirscher, under 18, –  Gold for provincial continues sparring

Silver for provincial point-stop sparring


Alec Earp-Haggard, adult, –  Gold for intermediate continues sparring

Gold for intermediate forms

Silver for provincial point-stop sparring

Bronze for intermediate point sparring

Jennifer Wachon, adult black belt – participated in provincial forms and helped to represent Cranbrook.


Master Simon Wachon, adult black belt – Gold for provincial continues sparring,

Silver for provincial point-stop sparring

Bronze for provincial forms hard style

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