The air was filled with anticipation and excitement as 27 competitors, ranging from ages 5 to 53, recently boarded a Cayman Airways flight and made their way to Orlando Florida. To complete the team were 28 others who served as chaperones, coaches and supporters. They were bound for the US Open international Martial Arts Tournament.
Once there, the Cayman Islands branch of Purple Dragon was met by members of other Purple Dragon Schools, from Trinidad, Canada, U.S. Antigua, Tortola, Dominica, Grenada and St. Lucia
More than a thousand competitors were in attendance. This competition is rated as the top tournament of the year by SportMartialArts.Com. After two days of competition an exhausted but proud Cayman team came home with more than 35 awards, including ten 1st place trophies, six 2nd place and five 3rd place trophies. This was the second time the Purple Dragon School of Martial Arts has attended this event which was covered by ESPN.
The purple and gold uniforms of the team left an impression in the minds of all present. At the night of Grand Champions Finale, there were three teams competing to be ranked amongst the best in the world in the Self Defense category, two of those teams were Purple Dragon.
One of the biggest challenges was how to travel back to Cayman with all the 5ft trophies, which eventually were disassembled and packed for the flight. Among the first place winners in continuous fighting were Kray Foster, Dee Gordon, and Justin Hislop; Sensei Floyd Baptiste won first place in team fighting. Alexandra Anglin, Selena Sookoonsingh, Julian Solomon, Joshua McLaughlin, Beco Pitta and Laura Brandon all won first place in forms.
The Purple Dragon school of Martial Arts is located inside the Largtos Building on the West Bay Rd. Upstairs from the Matrix night club.