Scores of parents and other spectators converged at Marian’s Academy
Auditorium on Saturday last to witness the much touted Japan Karate Association/World Federation Guyana – Annual National Karate tournament. Athletes were drawn from the headquarters Dojo at the National Park, Georgetown, and Berbice Dojos, Port Mourant and Canje.
The settings and feel of this local JKA tournament was that of any international Karate tournament and the spectators expressed their sentiments along with the suspenseful demonstrations and showmanship they experienced.
The overall results are as follows:
In the 5-7 years Boys Category, both Kata & Kumite contest was won by Kristian Chaves. Simon Taylor emerged winner in the 8-9 years old Boys & Girls (yellow-purple belts) , winning in both kata and Kumite from a field of 13 competitors, while in the 8-9 years old Boys & Girls (Brown belts) division, Kristalia Chaves, the lone female in this division secured first place in both the kata and Kumite event.
In the Ages 10-11 years old Boys & Girls (yellow- purple belts) Category, Ray Persaud copped first place in both Kata and Kumite, while in the brown belts Category Ezekiel Lacon won in Kata and Timothy Chan in Kumite.
The teenager’s division results:
12-15 years Boys (8Kyu -5th kyu) Category, Simon Bactowar won the Kata Contest while Fillipe Gomes emerged winner of the Kumite Contest.
12-14 old Girls, Anneesa Taylor emerged winner with 18.8 points in the Kata Contest, she also emerged winner in the Kumite Contest.
Ages 12-13 Boys (Brown Belts) Division, Xavier Arjoon won the Kata contest with 18.6 points and the Kumite Division was won by Daniel Ifill.
14-15 Boys (4th Kyu-Black Belts) Division, Shaqueel Amin emerged winner with 18.9 points for the performance of Kata Empi, while Randolph Singh won the Kumite contest.
The much anticipated over 18+ Male (Yellow to Purple) division saw total crowd involvement, as this category was fiery, resulting in Deoram Ramdas of Port Mourant Dojo, winning in both Kata and Kumite. In the 18+ Female divisions, Christina Chaves managed to cop both 1st places in Kata and Kumite.
The18+ Male (Brown belts) division was just as anticipated, as it made spectators took front row seating for best view. The showmanship was outstanding as well as it was entertaining, resulting in Marlon George winning the Kata Contest with 22.0 points, 2nd place went to Shawn Naughton with 21.7 points and 3rd place to Shermon Kyte with 21.6 points.
The Kumite contest was keenly contested with Marlon George defeating Shawn Naughton to attain the top position, while Shemon Kyte placed 3rd.
Team Contest results are as follows:
Ages 6-10 years old Team Kata:
1st Place-National Park Dojo (Kristalia Chaves, Kristian Chaves, Simon Taylor)
2nd place- National Park Dojo (Damian Kerry, Shawn Singh, Isaac Plummer)
3rd Place-Port Mourant Dojo (Ray Persaud, Riyad Nasir, Pfizer Whyte)
Junior Team Kata:
1st Place- National Park Dojo (Dominic Kerry, Randolph Singh, Shaqueel Amin)
2nd Place-Port Mourant Dojo (Simon Bactawar, Moounesh Lutchman, Andy Sam-Reddy)
3rd Place- National Park Dojo (Fillipe Gomes, Xavier Arjoon, Alex Rodrigues)
Junior Male Team Kumite:
1st Place- National Park Dojo (Daniel Ifill, Shaqueel Amin, Randolph Singh)
2nd Place-Port Mourant Dojo (Simon Bactawar, Moounesh Lutchman, Randolph Singh)
Adults Male Kata and Kumite:
1st Place- National Park Dojo (Shermon Kyte, Marlon George, Shankar Singh)
2nd Place-Port Mourant Dojo (Khargesh Munilall, Deoram Ramdas, Romesh Naraine).
Best Junior Competitor was awarded to Shaqueel Amin who won 3 Gold medals and 1 silver.
Best Female competitor was awarded to Kristalia Chaves who got 2 gold medals for individual Kata and Kumite and Gold for Team Kata.
Best Male Competitor was awarded to Marlon George who also got 2 Gold medals for individual Kata and Kumite and 2 more for Team events both Kata and Kumite.
Top honours went to Marlon George who was the recipient of the honorary student award for 2011; The Master Funakoshi Trophy; which signifies a student who possesses and represents integrity, humility, self control, respect and the very character development that karate seeks to inculcate.
Chief Instructor Sensei Chaves (4th Dan) along with assistant Sensei Marvin Singh (2nd Dan) in their closing remarks said they were satisfied with the showmanship and discipline exercised by all the participants.
The JKA/WF Guyana Operating Committee recognized the contribution of their judges and tipped their hats for a job well done.
These were Chief Judge-Sensei Christopher Chaves, Sensei Marvin Singh, Sensei Neville Holder, Sempais Stephanie Kerry, Shankar Singh, Samuel Arjoon and Marlon George.
Special Thanks are also expressed to Sister Marie Harper, Principal of Marian Academy, the Guyana Judo Association, Magistrate Chandra Sohan and his wife Mrs. Bobita Sohan for the presentation of medals.
Sponsors contributing were Courtney Benn Construction Company, Demerara Distiller Ltd, Cellular Planet Inc., DeSinco Trading, Rambarran Auto Sales, Robbie’s Auto Spares, Trophy Stall, and Cirkel Distributors Guyana Ltd.
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