The Autumnfest in house karate tournament was held on October 24th and the results posted below.
The day featured both competition and a hot dog barbecue to celebrate the 37th anniversary of the PMA as well. Unfortunately the grill broke down so our responsive volunteer parents and students managed to boil up the hot dogs and everyone got fed chips, hots dogs and sodas.
This event is a practice event that gives students experience in competing so they can later do well in the bigger Stars and Stripes tournament of the PMA in April. It also opens a pathway to be a member of the PMA competition team that competes in outside tournaments that includes the national championships.
A final thought for all students to know about competing, when you spar or do kata at your current level, you may not be the best at your level just yet. You are improving day by day in karate so at some point in the future you may very well prove to be among the best competitors. Tournaments however cannot measure properly your self defense skills, the best kicker, the best puncher, your willingness to help and teach others, your sense of respect that you gradually are learning, your developing self confidence, and much more. Tournaments should be enjoyed for what they are, a fun event of competing with classmates for the day…. much like we might get together and play cards, shuffleboard, a baseball game, etc. What you learn from entering is far important.
♦Red belts: kata in order were Isaiah Brown, Ethan Diep, Emma Rose Denton and Elias Malouf
In sparring: I. Brown, E. Malouf, E. Denton and E. Diep
Kata were Ian DeGrood, Adam Nguyen, William Herman and Kieran McConchie
Sparring: I. DeGrood, Wm Herman, Sebastian Salazar, Frank Abellon
♦Ninja White kyu Belt Boys:
Kata: Isaac Cook, Levi Johnson, Aryk Saldivar, tie 4th were Chris Boksanske and Nick Popa
Sparring: I. Cook, L. Johnson, A. Saldivar, tie fourth were N. Popa and C. Boksanske
♦Ninja Advanced belts:
Kata: Brandon Diep, Brian Herman, Parker Simpao, and Joshua Thompson
Sparring: B. Herman, P. Simpao, B. Diep, J. Thompson
Advanced belt Kata: Kaavya Senthil
Advanced sparring vs boys: K. Senthil
♦Lower belt girls
Kata: Edith Robinson, Hayley Smith, Coral Popa, Christiana Caldera
Sparring: C. Caldera, E. Robinson, H. Smith, C. Popa
♦Shogun Advanced Belts below Brown:
kata; Rohan Shinkre, Eli Morris
Sparring: Eli Morris, Rohan Shinkre
♦Shogun Lower belts:
Kata: Aarya Mishra, Neel Mukavilli, Nitya Mukavilli
Sparring: A. Mishra, Neel Mukavilli, Nitya Mukavilli
♦Black Belt division
Executive division winner in kata and weapons Carol Sedlacek
kata… Yuri Gorokhov, Seth Brown, Javed Osmani
Black belts did not spar.