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Martial arts event at the mall draws participants from throughout the region

Dragon Martial Arts Academy hosts martial arts competition at the Viking Plaza Mall in Alexandria

Martial arts board breaking
Liam Normandin of Moorhead jumps into the air to break a board during the "Brawl at the Mall" martial arts competition at the Viking Plaza Mall in Alexandria on Saturday, March 25, 2023.
Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press

ALEXANDRIA โ€” A competition at the Viking Plaza Mall brought many martial arts enthusiasts and students from throughout the region into Alexandria on Saturday, March 25.

About 120 martial arts students from the Alexandria area, as well as Moorhead, Fargo, Fergus Falls and the Twin Cities, competed in the event. Students came from 11 martial arts schools and ranged in age from 5 to 40 years old.

Martial arts sparring
Dylan Bachmeier of Moorhead, right, spars with Hadley Johnson of Perham during a martial arts competition at the mall on Saturday, March 25, 2023.
Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press

The event, which was hosted by Dragon Martial Arts Academy in Alexandria, was held in the old Herberger's store in the mall and was open to the public. Organizers estimate that including participants, families and spectators, the event brought around 400 to 500 people to the mall on Saturday.

Included in the competition were forms, sparring, weapons, and board and brick breaking.

Martial arts competition
Brayen Beck of Moorhead demonstrates his martial arts forms during a competition at the mall on Saturday, March 25, 2023.
Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press

Dragon Martial Arts Academy is located in the old Payless store in the Viking Plaza Mall.

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Martial arts student breaking boards
A competitor attempts to break three boards in succession during a martial arts competition at the Viking Plaza Mall on Saturday, March 25, 2023.
Lowell Anderson / Alexandria Echo Press

Lowell Anderson has been a photographer and writer at the Echo Press since 1998.
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