Hockessin's Cornerstone Martial Arts sent a team of 29 competitors to Kalahari Resorts in the Pocono Mountains Oct. 26 and 27 to compete in the Region 8 World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA) Fall Classic karate tournament.
There were over 720 competitors in attendance, representing the region which extends from New York State to Northern Virginia.
Cornerstone (formerly Korean Martial Arts Institute) brought home close to 60 medals in addition to three Grand Championships including the team demonstration title.
“It was a great finish to a great season that saw Cornerstone earning many championships along the way,” said CMA co-owner Rob Kloss.
CMA is coached by Hockessin resident and Delaware business owner Peggy DelFabbro, President of M. Davis Construction.
DelFabbro, or “Coach D,” is a former competitive figure skater and has frequently competed in martial arts since her two sons took up Tang Soo karate many years ago at Hockessin's KMAI.
“Her and her volunteer team spent many extra hours preparing the kids and adult members for the unique skills needed for tournaments,” Kloss said. “The fruits of their labors are evident in the overwhelming percentage of students from CMA who placed in their various divisions.”
Owners and senior masters Kloss and George Maybroda said they couldn't be more proud of their students and couldn't be more appreciative of their staff, almost entirely volunteer, who labor out of love for the students and the art.
“Many of them have been members for more than two decades,” Kloss said.
The team will be off for the holidays but will re-convene in the winter to prepare for the spring tournament season.