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Jan 20, 2012

Mixed Martial Arts at House of Shotokan

It’s not another election rush, but a karate battle takes place this weekend. The House of Shotokan is introducing a no holds barred contact element to the sport. On Saturday, competitors in the event will fight and wrestle to the floor until a competitor yields. News Five Jose Sanchez reports on Saturday’s throw down inside the House of Shotokan’s Belize City branch.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

The House of Shotokan is preparing for an international match that will take place inside its dojo in about twenty-four hours. Unlike other past kumites, Shihan Ray Kelly says this event will involve full body contact.

Shihan Ray Kelly, Grandmaster, House of Shotokan

Shihan Ray Kelly

“This event was initially a dream of mine to bring mixed martial arts to the country of Belize—historically it had never been done before. It was a dream. I went [and] searched for people, asked them to be part of the elite team which means the best. Some individuals said yes, we will try it. We started with a handful of fifteen people and it dwindled down to what you see primarily right now. This is a dream come through for me because undertaking this project here in Belize, I realized and I’ve always said that there is a lot of talent that is here. Majority of these young men are from the south side in asking them to be a part of the team, they knew that it was gonna required work. Every morning at five a.m. people who see us out there running calling cadence; we run in the rain, we run in the cold, we run in the heat—these guys were put to the test. And I’m proud to say that tomorrow; their hands are going to be raised in triumph.”

Alain Alexis

The members of the House of Shotokan are pumped and ready to face their Mexican counterparts.

Alain Alexis, House of Shotokan

“Never really been in fighting before, but since I’ve joined this karate class about four months ago, we’ve been training real hard and our trainer has been preparing us well and getting us ready for this fight tomorrow against Mexico.”

Jose Sanchez

“Are you a little bit nervous; it’s going to be contact?”

Alain Alexis

“I know it is going to be contact. I’m a little bit nervous., but I know I’m going to be more than ready.”

Delton Mariano

Delton Mariano, House of Shotokan

“I di wait for an opportunity like this long time. Working with these young guys, it is a privilege and I never got an opportunity like this so I’ll make the best out of this. The Mexicans; I just di wait fi see what they got. I know we di train hard; hard and tough every morning we’re out there sweating. I want see if the Mexicans ready fi we.”

Lester Alvarado

Lester Alvarado, House of Shotokan

“From what I learn, winners never quit. I won’t admit I have any weakness until tomorrow. Actually I’m looking forward to the fight.”

Jose Sanchez

“What about the comradery with Mexico? It’s not just a fight; it is also about building friendship with being a sportsman of your country.”

Lester Alvarado

“Well actually, it is just a friendship match but still looking forward to it.”

Jose Sanchez

“A regular Belize City resident. How did you get into karate?

Devon Reynolds

Devon Reynolds, House of Shotokan

“Well through the Pastor from the church, he asked if any of us want to join karate and do some training and maybe fight and so. I thought that by now I was gonna quit; my mind tell me noh give up, but my body want give up. So I just worked hard and like now I never expect to reach this level and now I proud of it.”

Carmelita Kuylen

Carmelita Kuylen, House of Shotokan

“It’s a little bit different than my karate training. But I look forward for it; new experience.”

Roderick Wade, House of Shotokan

“I have been doing training here for a while. That little while ahs been tough training and I think it will really pay off tomorrow. I’m not really scared; usually I would be nervous, but I’m not feeling any nervousness.”

Shihan Ray Kelly

Roderick Wade

“This event you get contact: you get hit to the body, you get taken down to the floor and submission is the way you determine that you win—you tap out. And when you tap out, you are saying that you give up. Well none of these guys will tap out tomorrow because they know that they never give up.”

The bodies of the Mexicans and Belizeans will hit the canvas at five p.m. on Saturday. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

Kelly says that a larger event will be executed in a few months. Spaces to attend Saturday evening’s event are limited.

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6 Responses for “Mixed Martial Arts at House of Shotokan”

  1. islander says:

    Hope it stays true to what Mixed Martial Arts is and not become a queer man hugging show… winning by submission is all good but the true testament of superiority is knocking the other guy out.

  2. belize says:

    hi i hope yall is having a good day

  3. proud belizean says:

    big up to all the members especially my balli delton mariano AKA! STONE

  4. truecitizen says:

    hope my buddy Roderick nuh let we down and the other member of the team

  5. Nu Fjord says:

    I wish I could train with Shihan Ray Kelly again. I trained with him in EP years ago at House of Shotokan.

  6. Juan Rojas says:

    i Need the e-mail of Shinan Ray Kelly for MMA fights on august 24. my e-mail is juanrojasgomez@hotmail.com.

    this is this is urgent.

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