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Finley (left) and Lindsey Helm both won state taekwondo titles. (Photo courtesy Jerry Helm)

We rule the dojo.

Five Coupeville taekwondo athletes, including mother/daughter and father/son combos, capped their seasons recently by winning state titles.

Lindsey and Finley Helm brought home a combined four titles, while dad Jerry won an unofficial award for best roadie.

In addition, Ben Shaw and Alan and Cameron Breaux teamed up to toss another seven titles into the pot.

The Coupeville athletes, who work with Armstrong’s ATA Martial Arts, picked up points throughout the season based on how they placed at tournaments.

The season ended April 27 in Eugene, OR.

How state titles broke down:

 

Finley Helm (Girls 1-8):

Creative Weapons
Extreme Weapons
Traditional Weapons

 

Lindsey Helm (Women 18-39):

Traditional Weapons

 

Cameron Breaux (Boys 13-14):

Creative Weapons
Extreme Weapons
Traditional Weapons

 

Alan Breaux (Men 30-39):

Combat Sparring
Forms and Weapons
Sparring

 

Ben Shaw (Boys 1-8):

Forms and Weapons

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Coupeville 3rd grader Tenley Stuurmans captured four titles Saturday at her first taekwondo tourney. (Photo courtesy Scott and Sarah Stuurmans)

Don’t mess with Tenley Stuurmans.

The Coupeville Elementary School 3rd grader is only one tournament into her taekwondo career, and she’s already a four-time champ.

Stuurmans, daughter of Scott and Sarah, stepped on the mat at the Island Christian Academy in Langley Saturday, emerging with seven top-three performances.

She captured titles in Extreme Weapons, Creative Weapons, Extreme Forms, and Creative Forms.

Toss in 2nd place finishes in Traditional Forms and Traditional Sparring and a 3rd place in Combat Sparring, and Stuurmans went home covered in medals.

The younger sister of soccer sensation Lyla Stuurmans, and a cousin, niece or granddaughter to about 10,000 Coupeville legends, Tenley is creating her own niche in the sports world.

She started taekwondo last spring and trains at Armstrong’s ATA Martial Arts School.

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   Saturday’s “Battle on the Island” taekwondo tourney brought hundreds of competitors to Coupeville High School. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

Some events were straight hand-to-hand combat, while others featured weapons.

Launching the foot o’ death.

A young competitor slips into The Zone.

Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.

On the attack.

A bow before competing.

   Coupeville Middle School 6th grader Cameron Breaux is ready to fend off any challenge.

“Let the beatin’ commence!!”

The gym was jammed, with body parts flying everywhere.

Saturday’s “Battle on the Island,” a taekwondo tourney run by Armstrong’s ATA Martial Arts, brought hundreds of fighters (and their support crew) to Coupeville High School.

In between the flying fists and lunging legs, intrepid photo guy John Fisken clicked away, and the pics above are hot off his camera.

To see everything he shot (and to purchase glossy prints) pop over to:

http://www.johnsphotos.net/Events/Tae-Kwon-Do-2018-02-24-at-Coupeville-HS/

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   A taekwondo tourney Feb. 24 will bring 200-250 competitors to the Coupeville High School gym. (Photo courtesy Robert Armstrong)

Competitors will range in ages from 3-up. (Photo courtesy Holly Davidson)

Prepare for combat.

The Coupeville High School gym will be crammed full of taekwondo fighters Saturday, Feb. 24, as 200-250 competitors take to the mats to vie in the “Battle on the Island.”

Entrants are expected from multiple states and at least two countries (USA and Canada), and may run the gamut from ages 3-70.

The tourney, which is being run by Armstrong’s ATA Martial Arts, opens the doors at 7:30 AM.

Entry fee is $5.00 for fans, with ages five and under free.

The opening ceremonies kick off at 8:30, with the tourney action starting at 9:00 and running all day.

Multiple forms of taekwondo, some involving weapons, will be involved, with eight events in all.

For more info, contact Robert Armstrong at (360) 320-1131 or ArmstrongATA@gmail.com.

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