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Jul 1, 2011

House of Shotokan competes in Mexico’s Taekwondo Tournament

A group of taekwondo students are heading to Mexico City for the Copa Del Mundo de Taekwondo this weekend. The group is a mix of children, from as young as five years old to over twenty. They’ve practiced their skills and expectations are high as they take on their counterparts from Mexico. News Five’s Jose Sanchez caught up with the House of Shotokan School earlier today.

House of Shotokan Karate Academy on Princess Margaret Drive has been invited to participate in Mexico’s Copa del Mundo de Taekwondo. Shihan Kelly said it is an honor and a first time for Belize.

Shihan Ray Kelly, Grandmaster, House of Shotokan Karate Academy

Shihan Ray Kelly

“It’s a grand event because there are taekwondo participants that are coming from the entire country of Mexico that will be showing up at this event in Cancun.”

Jose Sanchez

“For Belize to be participating in it is this something that normally happens?”

Shihan Ray Kelly

“No.  This was an invite to our school exclusively. We are not a taekwondo school even though we do practice taekwondo. Our school was invited to be a part of this event which is a first time for the country of Belize because karate practitioners normally don’t go or cross over into a taekwondo competition. And in this case, since we are versatile, we have the opportunity to go out there compete in this event and of course win this event as we did last time.”

Loosely translated, Taekwondo is the Korean martial art of the foot and fist. Tae means to break with the foot and Jackie Liu’s fast feet are sure to be a hit in Cancun.

Jackie Liu

Jackie Liu

“I’m like ten and a half; I’ll be eleven in September. When I was going for the tournament, I was expecting to start off with something maybe a kick, so I can stun them or something. And pretty much start off with different punches and I’ll see if they follow me then I’ll follow up with a kick.”

Carmelita Kuylen

Carmelita Kuylen

“It’s very excited, and also nervousness, which everyone at one time has. We are very prepared. We have been training very hard and we thank our grandmaster for doing so.”

Jose Diaz

“I am very excited about the competition; it is the second time. The first time it was in Chetumal and now we are going to Cancun and we are excited to be there and we will win. I believe that kicking is the better effective techniques to work up there.”

Craghan Cleland

Craghan Cleland

“I am twelve years old. This is my first fight abroad out of Belize City so I wish to do my best.”

Jeshaun Frazer

“I’m twelve years old and I’m going to fight the Mexicans so we could bring home trophies and medals.”

Landon Cocom

Landon Cocom

“I am eight years old and in Cancun I will do like how I did in Chetumal last time when I went—kicks, win trophies and medals.”

Martin Sylvester

“I plan to bring home a trophy to the House of Shotokan Karate Academy for everyone and make my country proud.”

Carla Kuylen

Sensei Carla Kuylen

“I believe that we are very prepared by our grandmaster so through the years of training he has taught us the self defense techniques that we are able to implement. And we are at a high standard because we have the taekwondo that we’ve been learning all this while. And yes the competition over there is mainly taekwondo, but we are Shotokan as well. So we’ll be using all those punches as well.”

The team leaves today for Cancun, Mexico. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

House of Shotokan and fourteen of their fifteen participants left for Chetumal this afternoon. Families will stay there the night, and the team will then move onto the all day event in Cancun.

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