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Calabar champs again!

Published:Monday | March 13, 2017 | 3:00 AMAinsley Walters
Calabar High celebrates fourth success at the Kenneth Edwards’ Jamaica Superstars Martial Arts Open.

Defending champs Calabar High School recently ticked off win number four at Olympian Kenneth Edwards' Jamaica Superstars Martial Arts Open, effectively landing their fifth straight hold on the McKay Security Jamaica Taekwondo Association High School League.

Facing Jamaica College in the final bout at the University of Technology, Calabar got the better of their rivals and later learnt that they had won the overall title after it was announced that the Shai-Tai Kick Boxing Open, scheduled for this month, was called off.

Shai-Tai's cancellation left the title race to be decided on seven tournaments, of which Calabar won the first four, making them champions for the fifth consecutive season of the high school league, which started in 2006.

Despite Calabar's premature title win, sponsor Jason McKay said the remaining contests will still provide a top class display among the champions, Kingston College, Jamaica College, St George's College, Wolmer's and newcomers Excelsior, coached by Joel Ellis.

"I don't believe the Calabar team is going to roll over and rest with the trophy at Red Hills Road. It's all about pride and bragging rights. Nobody wants to lose. You're only as good as your last fight," he said.

"The setting of the next tournament, the Jamaica Taekwondo Association Open, being held in the National Arena in April, that alone will set the stage for major showdowns," he pointed out.

The league will be completed by the Ningen Karate Open in May and the Seido Open, scheduled for June, before the junior martial arts stars take their show on the road, representing Jamaica at the United States Open in Orlando, Florida, in July.