The National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue was transformed into a hive of activity when
coordinator of the event, Professor Christopher Francis staged the Pan American Martial Arts Games (PAMAG) at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, Saturday evening last.
Kaieteur Sport had reported earlier that Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds, had attended the event and subsequently assisted in the presentation of prizes. He had also lauded the efforts of martial arts practitioners who had turned in remarkable displays.
Up to press time last Saturday we were unable to procure the entire results and had committed to do so in a subsequent publication. We had already published the results of two events and had reported that 4 year old, Trinidadian Ariana Ragbarsingh, was the youngest competitor and placed first in the 5 years and under category in the Kata before returning to seal off a 2nd place slot in the Kumite while Policeman, Keslin Peters, was the best in the self defence category with Ray Simon of the GDF finishing second. Orlando Cummings represented the Black Hawks Martial Arts Club and sealed off the final podium position in this category. Below are the results of the remaining encounters.
Garren Newton clinched the 1st place in the 5 years and under Kumite, while in the 6-8 years category of the traditional kata, Dekiah Baptiste finished first with the 2nd and 3rd place slots going to Roshawn Jeffers and Gabrilla Ringston respectively. The 6-8 years free style kata was won by Alicia Remoxo with Miguel Hunte and Matthias DeSilva occupying the other two podium positions. In the sparring 6-8 years category, Rashawn Jeffers came out on top while Dekiah Baptiste and Miguel Hunte completed the other two podium positions.
9-11 Traditional kata 1st-3rd places respectively: Zafar Ramnarine, Kimberly Cambeloge and Quacy Bavegens (jnr). Boys 9-11 free style kata: 1st-3rd respectively Shiloh Morr, Shania Farrow and Floyd Morris. 9-11 kumite: 1st-3rd Floyd Morris, Shiloh Sydney and Imami Lewis.
12-14 years Traditional: Christopher Mahadoo, Daniel Chandler and Mark Ramotar. 12-14 free style kata: Norton Ashby, Shiloh Cameron and Shania John. 12-14 kumite: Mark Garraway (1st), Chie Kidney (2nd), Orlando McDonald (3rd).
15-17 years traditional kata: 1st-3rdEoktia Signepmyer, Julian Ramnuta, Denoila Bristol. 18-34 black belt traditional 1st-3rd: Paul Ignatius, Sah Gajraj, Roshan, Samsundar. 18-34 years freestyle: Corwyn D’Anjou (1st) and D Hyman (2nd).
18-34 black belt (sparring) 1st-3rd: Corwyn D’Anjou, Rashan Sumsundar and Rodwell Alleyne. Open weapons kata 1st-3rd : Judah Ram, Miguel Hunte and Roshanna Christopher. Open self defence 1st-3rd: Keston Peters, Ray Simon and Orlando Cummings. 18-34 male sparring 1st-3rd: Terrence Reece, A Hercules and Julian Tomas. 18-34 intermediate sparring 1st-3rd: Michael Jones, Colwyn Benn and Kevin Sookol.
35 and over 1st-3rd: Traditional kata: Troy Bobb, Quacy Patrick and Delon Hyman. 35 and over kumite 1st& 2nd: Quacy Patrick, Delon Hyman. In the team sparring, the Black Terror Squad prevailed.
The intermediate category of self defence was dominated by Chelsea Mohan, Phillip Jaikissoon and Naton Ashby respectively.
Meanwhile, the winners in the various divisions are selected to form the national team for the Pan Caribbean Games in Trinidad and Tobago October 16 and 17 next at the University of the West Indies Sporting Complex where several practitioners will make guest appearances including Trinidad Master Andre Murray and Grandmaster, Roderick Titus.
That championship will see several countries fielding top teams with each vying for honours including the USA, Finland, Ireland, Korea, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana. Additionally, the championship would be graced by Asian President of International Tang Soo Do Moo Kwan, Wong Hung Lee who will be the guest of honour.
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