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Oct 3, 2011

Karate kids prepared for Mexico in Belize

The House of Shotokan has been racking up medals in both Shotokan and Taekwondo events in Mexico. Recently the local athletes returned with more symbols of glory. But instead of just hearing about it, House of Shotokan’s Grandmaster says that they are bringing international competitors to Belize to participate in the Belize Martial Art Championship.

Shihan Ray Kelly, Grandmaster, House of Shotokan

Shihan Ray Kelly

“The House of Shotokan had the opportunity to participate in a karate championship in Chetumal this weekend. The tournament is the 12th Annual Sueno del Campion which means Dream of Champion; that was held in Chetumal this weekend which drew competitors from all over Mexico. It’s a scheduled all Taekwondo event, but we were able to host a karate and taekwondo event which was the first time that every happened in the Chetumal/Mexico area. The students that participated brought back about eighteen medals. They did fantastic; they competed with other martial artists—they did outstanding in the competition.”

Jose Sanchez

“We are accustomed to your group going out and doing well. When will there be a competition here in Belize where u bring in the Mexicans for example?”

Shihan Ray Kelly

“Our next competition that the House of Shotokan will be hosting is the Belize Martial Art Championship which is scheduled for October twenty-second which will be held at the Belize Elementary School Gymnasium. We are hoping that the Belizean public will come out and support this event. We have commitment from Cancun, Merida, some other towns in Mexico, Chetumal will come to Belize to compete here against our Belizean martial artists here. We hope that this time we will get the strong support from Belizeans at this event.”

Jose Sanchez

“So it’s going to be an all day Saturday event?”

Shihan Ray Kelly

“All day Saturday event at the Belize Elementary School and it’s going to be a banged out event because we have Mexicans—competitors that are travelling all the way from Merida and these other places to come here and the first time on Belizean sold to come and compete here in Belize.”

The competition with the Mexican karatekans takes place on October twenty-second.

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