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Mar 6, 2012

Mixed Martial Arts and Taekwondo

Aside from the politics, there’s sporting events. The House of Shotokan on Princess Margaret Drive has been very active in the past few months in its relations with neighboring karate schools in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Over the weekend, a delegation from Belize was in Chetumal to participate in a Taekwondo competition. The delegation took their cameras to record the event, and News Five spoke to Shihan Ray Kelly, Grandmaster of the House of Shotokan about the performance of the youths.

Shihan Ray Kelly, Grandmaster, House of Shotokan

“The House of Shotokan Karate Academy attended a Taekwondo and a Mixed Martial Art competition in Chetumal, Mexico. Our dojo was invited to participate by the Mexican Taekwondo Federation. On Saturday we brought over about ten karate students to participate in this event along with five of our mixed martial arts adult fighters from the House of Shotokan Karate Academy.”

Jose Sanchez

“How did they do in these two events?”

Shihan Ray Kelly

Ray Kelly

“The children did fantastic in the taekwondo event. They’re all first place medal winners—bringing back to Belize gold medals. The event was very fun for our children because this event allowed them to actually make contact in the fight. So some of our children actually had some of the Mexican children crying within the competition because of the contact that we train within our academy. So the end result was that our ten children triumphed in this taekwondo event. In the mixed martial arts event, the Mexican were supposed to come over and fight from the last month, but that did not happen. However, Belize went to Mexico instead. Our fighters went there well prepared. You guys see us running in the morning—well trained. And in the competition, the first was a submission; choke out. And then we had a two rounder—three minutes apiece—where our guys fight approximately six minutes total and at the end of the day, our Belizean mixed martial art fighter won’t hat event. All the guys placed medal placed winners. The Mexicans could not hold up to our Belizean fighters. Again this goes with the hard training that our guys have been going through and we are pleased that the training paid off.”

Shihan Kelly says that the Mexicans will be coming to Belize later this month to engage his school in a match.

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