A team of 21 competitors from the Purple Dragon School of Martial Arts recently competed at the Canadian Grand Slam Open International Martial Arts tournament in Vancouver Canada The team was lead by Sensei Floyd Baptiste and Sensei Geddes Hislop head instructors of the local chapter of the Purple Dragon Martial Arts organization.
‘The level of skill demonstrated was amazing’ said Antionette Mellanneo who was one of the parents who accompanied the team supporting her 7 year old son Corey a red belt who won a bronze medal among a field of 24 competitors.
Overall the team came home with 6 gold medals 6 silver 7 bronze and 10 4th place medals, ‘This is just further evidence of the talent that we have here [in the Cayman Islands],’ said Dr. Elizabeth McLaughlin, who acted as the team Doctor and had 2 sons also compete. The team members competed in a variety of events including individual point sparring, Team sparring in which our girls team placed 1st overall and the boys team came 4th, Katas and team demonstrations in which the Cayman Islands placed 4th among a field of seven teams from Canada, the US, Trinidad, Tortola and Antigua.
The Cayman Islands Purple Dragon Branch had put in a bid to host the Grand Slam here in the Cayman Islands in 2008. ‘We know we can make it a spectacular event to showcase our island and the high quality of martial arts we maintain,’ said Sensei Baptiste.
Anyone interested on learning more about this event can contact the Purple Dragon School of Martial Arts at 345-946-1241 or email [email protected]