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Aug 10, 2011

Karate kids do it again

The local karatecans of the House of Shotokan have been performing with distinction across the border. Recently, they won numerous medals in a competition in Merida. They have now just returned from Obregon where they were invited to display their skills to encourage the sport in the area. Ray Kelly of the neighborhood karate school spoke to News Five’s Jose Sanchez.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

The House of Shotokan has returned from another event in Mexico. This time, Shihan Ray Kelly says they were helping their Mexican counterparts to open the sport in an area that Karate is relatively unknown.

Shihan Ray Kelly

Ray Kelly

“The House of Shotokan Academy was invited to Ingenio Obregon to participate in a friendship event in this small village in Mexico about an hour outside of Chetumal. This event was different for us because compared to Cancun we went there competed we fought there, Merida we went and fought hard; but this event there was somewhat a promotion into that small Mexican village to where students from the House of Shotokan Academy and the country of Belize went into that village and was able with other martial artists from Mexico to do an exhibition and a friendship fight within that village. There was a pretty significant amount of people from that village excited about that particular event that had never happened there before.”

Angeleen Paredes

The fighters included the very young and talented like Angeleen Paredes.

Angeleen Paredes

“We kicked and we punch. I kicked them hard and I won. And I feel great.”

Ethan Dawson

“I kick people to the heads and the bodies and I kicked really hard and try to make them fall down.”

Jose Sanchez

Ethan Dawson

And you weren’t afraid of them kicking you back?

Ethan Dawson

“No.”

Jose Sanchez

“You got kicked back too though?”

Ethan Dawson

“Yeah.”

Jackie Liu

Jackie Liu’s impressive kicks stunned his competitors.

Jackie Liu

“I won a medal for fighting and when I fought, I had to kick close to them so that they won’t get no space to kick me. And I tried to get a good distance so that I could kick them.”

Martin Sylvester

Martin Sylvester

“Basically kicks to the head and body get you points because punches don’t really work with those guys when it comes to taekwondo.”

Jose Sanchez

“What was it like with the new setting, a village setting?”

Martin Sylvester

“It was very smaller than the first tournament, but it was still very good.”

Deon Lewis

Deon Lewis

“I did fighting and I kicked to the head, body and punches to the body also.”

Carmelita Kuylen

Carmelita Kuylen

“This time it was a friendly tournament and we only competed in fighting and the demonstration in katas to show the people what is karate about here in Belize. And we did phenomenal of course. We got medals for our participation there.”

Carla Kuylen

Sensei Carla Kuylen

“Well it was a very good event, an experience of bring martial arts together—it was schools from all over Chetumal and also we were invited to go over there. We also had demonstration in fighting and also in the forms which is the backbone of karate. And we were able to demonstrate the different kicks—yes most of the schools over there are taekwondo, but again they appreciate our style and they were very glad to have us over there.”

Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

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