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Local karate students earn multiple awards at Bucksport tournament

FORT KENT, Maine — Students of the Graves Institute of Self Defense dojo in Fort Kent brought more than two dozen awards home to the St. John Valley after competing in a karate tournament in Bucksport on Saturday, Oct. 28. Tracy’s Karate Yarmouth hosted the Maine Ketsugo and Karate Association sanctioned event at Bucksport High School.

Rafael Sanclemente of Fort Kent earned first place honors in the categories of fighting and jujitsu throwing. In addition, Graves Fort Kent Sensei Andy Hartt also named Sanclemente as having the “best attitude for 2017” of the Fort Kent dojo participants.

Caleb Saucier, Finley Marquis and Ahliya Roy of the Fort Kent dojo also made earned first places in the fighting category for their age group and belt level.

Hartt began teaching at the Graves’ Fort Kent dojo in February.

Other students from the St. John Valley to win awards at the tournament were Nicholas Griffeth, Ryan Griffeth, Greg Reischer, Piper Ashley, Collin Harvey, Sawyer Stoliker, Haidyn Saucier, Brayden Doucette and Steve Doucette.

Hartt teaches his students on Tuesday nights at 6 p.m. at the Fort Kent Community High School cafeteria. For more information, call Hartt at (207) 745-8184.

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