Hudson Valley Martial Artists Secure Multiple World Champion, World Top Ten & National Titles

 

2017 was another banner year for Leclerc’s Martial Arts’ competitors on the NASKA World Tour.

 

Hyde Park, NY, January 18, 2018 – Eight local martial artists from Leclerc’s Martial Arts (which has locations in Hyde Park, Red Oaks Mill and Rhinebeck), ranging in age from 9 to 45, traveled today to Chicago, IL to attend the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) Banquet to receive world and national awards for the 2017 competition year.

 

Grandmaster Robert P. Leclerc (age 45, resident of Hyde Park, 7th Degree Black Belt) received the World Champion Title in 40+ Men’s Light Heavyweight Fighting.

 

Master Sean O’hearn (age 30, resident of Pleasant Valley, 6th Degree Black Belt) received a World Top 10 Title in 18+ Men’s Heavyweight Fighting. He finished third.

 

Master Jesse Scheffler (age 28, resident of Fishkill, 5th Degree Black Belt) received the World Champion Title in 18+ Men’s Light Middleweight Fighting and a World Top Ten Title (he finished 2nd) in 18+ Men’s Traditional Korean Forms.

 

Master Robert Leclerc (age 24, resident of Hyde Park, 4th Degree Black Belt) received a World Top Ten Title in 18+ Men’s Welterweight Fighting. He finished second.

 

Master Tyler Leclerc (age 20, resident of Hyde Park, 4th Degree Black Belt) received a World Top Ten Title in 18+ Men’s Light Middleweight Fighting. He finished second.

 

Master Laura Betti (age 42, resident of Hyde Park, 4th Degree Black Belt) received the World Champion Title in 40+ Women’s Middleweight Fighting and the World Champion Title in 40+ Women’s Traditional Forms. She also received a World Top Ten Title (she finished 2nd) in 30+ Women’s Musical Forms and a World Top Ten Title (she finished 3rd) in 30+ Women’s Musical Weapons. Ms. Betti was also recognized as a Triple Crown recipient by Sportsmartialarts.com for her success in Traditional Forms.

 

Master Elizabeth Perez-Colon (age 58, resident of Hyde Park, 4th Degree Black Belt) received a World Top Ten Title in 50+ Women’s Middleweight Fighting (she finished 3rd) and a World Top Ten Title in 50+ Women’s Traditional Forms (she finished 2nd).

 

Mr. Michael Lettieri (age 19, resident of Hyde Park, 1st Degree Black Belt) received the National Champion Title in 18-29 Men’s Advanced Fighting.

 

Carter Dicke (age 9, resident of Rhinebeck, Red Belt) received the National Champion Title in the 8-9-year-old Advanced Fighting division and a National Top Ten Title (he finished 8th) in the 8-9-year-old Advanced Traditional Forms division.

 

Leclerc’s Martial Arts also finished in the World Top Ten (they placed 3rd) for 18+ 3-man Team Sparring.

 

The NASKA World Tour is the premier competitive martial arts circuit in the world. Competitors from all over the globe travel to NASKA events located throughout the United States and Canada each year. Awards are determined based on cumulative performance totals at the end of each year.

 

Leclerc’s has been committed to the NASKA World Tour for more than 20 years. To date, Leclerc’s students have won more than 25 World Champion Titles and 30 World Top Ten Titles.

 

“Despite our success competing, my primary focus remains on learning rather than winning. My students hear this on a daily basis. Without the character development piece of our program, we would not produce the competitive results we have achieved. We focus on developing good people, which in turn has developed some of the top athletes in the country in the martial arts,“ said Grandmaster Robert P. Leclerc.

 

“I am proud of all of our accomplishments and really grateful we have such a phenomenal martial arts program right here in the Hudson Valley. Anyone can reach their goals at Leclerc’s,” said Laura Betti.

 

The Leclerc’s Martial Arts Tournament Team has plenty of other competitors. More than 40 students, ranging in age from 5-62, compete all over the United States. Some even travel to Cardiff, Wales each year to compete in one of the largest traditional Tang Soo Do tournaments in the world. They continue to dominate that event.

 

Leclerc’s Martial Arts is a full-time martial arts program, offering child and adult classes for people of all abilities.

 

To learn more information about these results, the tournament team’s annual participation in tournaments around the world, or general classes please call Laura Betti at (845) 229-8004, or send an email to laura@paper-clip.com.