Mt. Tabor natives take home World Cup in Martial Arts

Mt. Tabor Elementary and Brooklawn Middle School students and Mt. Tabor Mom take first at International Martial Arts Tournament


PARSIPPANY — Raymond Trunk, a Mt. Tabor Elementary School Fifth grader, has won two First Place and one third place trophy in the World Cup International Invitational Martial Arts competition this past Sunday. Lillian Go, a Brooklawn Middle School 8th grader, has also won two First place trophies and a third place trophy. Shauna Cantor, mother of Lillian Go, has also won First Place this past weekend.

“It must be a Mt. Tabor thing! Raymond, Lilly and Shauna have brought some amazing Mt. Tabor juju to our Fairfield school and have definitely made Mt. Tabor proud this weekend,” said Instructor Peaches Vizzio.

Raymond Trunk has competed in many martial arts tournaments.  At first, coming home empty handed but then gradually moving up from third place to now being a two time World Cup Champion.  He competed in three divisions this year, taking home the World Cup in both the 9-11 Intermediate Open Forms and Point Sparring divisions.  He placed Third in the 9-11 intermediate traditional forms division.

Lilly is new to Kung-Fu but is already displaying some amazing grit!  She has trained hard this year and it shows!  The World Cup being her third competition ever, she exhibited poise and grace and a tiger’s strength taking home First Place in 12-14 Intermediate Traditional forms, First Place in 17 and Under All belts Team Pairs and Third place in Point Sparring.

Shauna Cantor, Lillian’s Mom and local Mt. Tabor Girl Scout Leader, is setting a great example for her daughter!  Deciding to train in Kung-Fu to spend some quality time with her daughter and get into better shape has turned into a World Cup Championship in the 40 & Over Women’s beginner division!  This goes to show that Kung-Fu is for any age and any background!

These divisions contain students from many different martial arts backgrounds including Korean Tae Kwon Do, Japanese Karate and Chinese Kung-Fu.  Countries all over the world represented their styles in this tournament.

Vizzio’s Institute of Martial Arts of Fairfield brought 10 competitors to compete in the World Cup.  All ten competitors took home trophies.  Overall, one Grand Champion, nine first place trophies, two second place trophies and two third place trophies.