The National Gymnasium was pulsating on Saturday October 18th with the head to head competitiveness of the senior segment of the Japan Karate Association/World Federation Guyana Senior National tournament.
This tournament was the sequel to the Junior National tournament held less than a month ago. The seniors were all fired up and the heat of the competition was felt within the stands among the spectators who turned out to witness the outcome of the participants.
The combined Dojo’s of JKA/WF Guyana – Main Dojo National Park Thomas Lands, Craig EBD and Mae’s Primary School Annex, Millington Street members all competed.
Without delay, the event commenced with remarks by chief instructor Sensei Christopher Chaves, followed by a live stunning teen demonstration that immediately captivated the audience.
The competitors wasted no time in inking their names on the score sheets, causing the level of competitiveness to peak. This, beyond a doubt, raised the standard of the tournament, showcasing the participant’s level of composure, camaraderie and astute showmanship. Entertainment was not short at this tournament, as the crowd was treated this time to another demonstration put on by the adults. Suspenseful to describe the sentiments as the adult practitioners demonstrated their high skill level which was thoroughly enjoyed and applauded by the spectators.
Ms. Maxine Joseph of GGMC dominated the female division to secure the best female competitor award, winning 2 gold medals for Kata and Kumite competitions and a bronze with her team Kata performance. Shermon Best of GRA did not hesitate in his quest to live up to his name and so dominated against his competitors to secure 2 gold medals and 1 silver to be named the best male competitor and secured his award.
Sensei Chaves in his remarks at the close, made mention particularly of the splitting up of their national tournament and alluded to the efficient use of their human resource and time management. He engaged dialogue with the spectators who agreed and registered their satisfaction also. Many thanks were extended to his team of judges, referee and officials and VVIP.
The JKA committee sought to thank the parents and spectators, sponsors and supporters, making mention that their focus is now on their final grading exercise set for Saturday November 22nd.
The results per divisions are as follows:
12-13 years boys yellow-green belts
1st place Aaron Gomes
2nd place Hakeem Paul
1st place Hakeem Paul
2nd place Aaron Gomes
12-14 years boys & girls brown-black belts
1st place Loren Black
2nd place Timothy Khan
3rd place Jordon Denny
Kumite contest (semi free sparring)
1st place Timothy Khan
2nd place Jordon Denny
3rd place Ezekiel Lacon
12-14 years boys open brown-black belts
Kumite contest (free sparring)
1st place Timothy Khan
2nd place Ezekiel Lacon
3rd place Timothy Chand
13-15 years green-purple belts
1st place Bharrat Naipal
2nd place Stephan Campbell
3rd place Menelik Selassie
1st place Stephan Campbell
2nd place Bharrat Naipal
3rd place Menelik Selassie
12-16 years female yellow belts
1st place Shakira Reman (10.3 points)
2nd place Anastacia Seabra (10.2 points)
1st place Anastacia Seabra
2nd place Shakira Reman
15-17 years black belts
1st place Shaqueel Amin (12.6 points)
2nd place Randolph Singh (12.4 points)
3rd place Storm Katchay (12.3 points)
1st place Shaqueel Amin
2nd place Storm Katchay
18+ male white belts
1st place Aftab Khan (12.4 points)
2nd place Roshan David (12.0 points)
1st place Aftab Khan
2nd place Roshan David
18+ female brown belts
1st place Maxine Joseph (12.2 points)
2nd place Kassandra Pitt (12.1 points)
1st place Maxine Joseph
2nd place Kassandra Pitt
18+ male brown-black belts
1st place Marlon George (12.6 points)
2nd place Shermon Best (12.4 points)
3rd place Rudolph Dyal (12.2 points)
1st place Shermon Best
2nd place Marlon George
3rd place Rudolph Dyal
12+ years open team Kata contest
1st place Jordon Denny, Loren Black, Timothy Khan (12.4 points)
2nd place Kassandra Pitt, Bharrat Naipal, Joshua Gonsalves (12.1 points)
3rd place Ezekiel Lacon, Paulo Reis, Timothy Chand (11.9 points)
7+ years open team Kata contest
1st place Marlon George, Shermon Best, Shaqueel Amin (12.6 points)
2nd place Storm Katchay, Maxine Joseph, Rudolph Dyal (12.4 points)
3rd place Randolph Singh, Roshan David, Aftab Khan
Pic – Group – The outstanding participants take time out for a photo following the event.
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