Guyana’s team to the just concluded 5th annual JKA/WF America’s Camp and tournament recently returned home after hauling in 21 medals at the competition which was hosted by the JKA/WF New Mexico and held in the mountain state of Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
The 15-member Karate team (3 officials, 2 volunteers/chaperone and 10 athletes) represented Guyana for the third consecutive year and again did their country proud.
In the ages 8-10 Green-Purple Division, 8 year-old Dinesh Braaham won 2 Bronze medals for Kata and Kumite. Shaqueel Amin won double Gold medals in Kata and Kumite in the ages 11-14 Brown Belt Division, while Randolph Singh won double Silver medals in the ages 11-14 Black Belt Division.
In the 17+ Brown Belt Division, Nicole Hoenkirk also secured double Bronze medals in Kata and Kumite.
In the Adults Brown Belt category, Shermon Kyte won 2 – Gold medals (Kata & Kumite) and Marlon George won Silver in Kata and Bronze in Kumite while Deoram Ramdas and Uditt Jagdeo won 2 Gold medals along with Silver & Bronze respectively in the Green – Purple Division (Kata & Kumite).
Jennifer Cyrus won Gold for Kumite and Silver for Kata in the Senior Black Belt Division.
In the Youth Team Kata event, Randolph Singh, Shaqueel Amin and Nicole Hoenkirk, also won Silver medals for their performance of Tekki Shodan.
The Countries that participated in this year’s tournament included Panama, Mexico and US Regions of Arizona, Florida, Chicago, El Paso, Georgia, Puerto Rico and the host.
Chief Instructor of the JKA/WF Guyana, Sensei Christopher Chaves, also passed his qualification examination for Class C Judge. The exam comprised of a written test and a practical examination, which was conducted by the Chief Instructor of the JKA HQ in Tokyo, Japan – Master Masaaki Ueki (9th Dan). Sensei Chaves and Instructor – Marvin Singh also judged some of the events at the tournament.
The JKA/WF Guyana team is extending gratitude to the JKA/WF America, their families, friends and supporters who made their success at the JKA/WF America 2011 Camp & Tournament a reality.
The team is much more energized with the knowledge and experience acquired from the learned Masters and is aiming to further develop JKA Karate in Guyana.
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