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The Battle on the Columbia Tournament draws martial arts students, raises money

Many families went out to a martial arts tournament today to not only watch athletes compete, but also to raise money for several charities.

TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- Many families went out to a martial arts tournament today to not only watch athletes compete, but also to raise money for several charities.

The tournament is called The Battle on the Columbia and this is the ninth year the organizer, Lorraine Tucker-Reid, has put it on.

Lorraine said participants come from all over- from Idado to the west side.

30-percent of the proceeds goes to three different charities.

10-percent to Woods Hole Oceanic Institution, which helps to protect the ocean.

10-percent will go into entomology, which is the study of bugs. The last 10-percent will go to breast cancer research.

"Martial arts gave me an outlet and it gave me focus during my cancer treatment so martial arts is a huge part of my life, " said Lorraine Tucker-Reid.

Lorriane has been doing martial arts for 17 years.

She owns Chon-Ji martial arts in Richland and said the first three classes are free for anyone who wants to try.

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