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Aug 7, 2012

Over thirty medals for Shotokan group in Tabasco, Mexico

We did not claim any medals at the London Olympic Games; but it doesn’t mean that local athletes are not stepping up in international competition. In karate, an impressive number of trophies were won at a competition held in Mexico.  Belizean karatekans from as young as age seven are bringing home the gold. News Five’s Jose Sanchez has been following the House of Shotokan.

 

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

The House of Shotokan took their team to the Guerreros Del Sur Karate Championship in Tabasco, Mexico over the past weekend. They brought back a staggering thirty-five trophies from the competition.

 

Shihan Ray Kelly, Grandmaster, House of Shotokan

Shihan Ray Kelly

“We took a student body of eleven fighters there, competitors that competed in different categories such as full contact kick boxing, forms, kata, weapon division, mixed martial arts and also continuous fighting and traditional forms. Out of all of those events, we were able to sum up a total of thirty-five trophies from that event. It was a spectacular event for the House of Shotokan and the karate students because it was the first time that the House of Shotokan travelled down to Tabasco, Mexico. You have countries like Venezuela, Mexico, El Salvador, Panama and all parts of Mexico, competitors from the United States coming to that particular area to compete in that event and it had about probably six hundred plus competitors that it drew from all over the country.”

 

The youngest winners were seven and nine years old.

 

Angeleen Paredes

Angeleen Paredes

“Well, kata and fighting.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And how did you do?

 

Angeleen Paredes

“Good.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And do you like to kick box? Do you want to go into more competitions?

 

Angeleen Paredes

“Yes.”

 

Ralph Hulse

Ralph Hulse

“I’m nine years old and I did kata and fighting.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And how did you do?”

 

Ralph Hulse

“Good.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“And did you get any trophies?”

 

Ralph Hulse

“Yes, I got two seconds.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Can you show me a little bit of what you did to win those trophies?”

 

[Ralph does Demonstration…]

 

Tania Kelly

Tania Kelly, House of Shotokan

“At the end of the day it was a hundred and fifty competitors for kickboxing full contact and we were like okay are we going to compete with all of them? So we stayed there and throughout the competition and at six, seven-thirty we were awarded so we got first place in kickboxing then we were like okay good, that one is over. Then on Saturday morning, we got up bright and early, we started training and went upstairs and started getting ready for the tournament. We went there and we just did what we usually practice at school here at the dojo and then we just applied ourselves and imagine that we were in the dojo, competing in with our own classmates and therefore the result was eventually thirty-five trophies in total.”

 

Carmelita Kuylen

Carmelita Kuylen

“I did kickboxing and I had first place. I also did continuous fighting and I had second place and fighting counting by points, I had second place and weapon kata, I get third place and I went to the finals with weapon kata.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Was it difficult any at all competing with all these other countries?

 

Carmelita Kuylen

“It was a sensation of nervousness, but I guess when it’s over you feel relief.”

 

Ralph Hulse Jr.

Ralph Hulse Jr.

“I entered mixed martial arts competition and I came in second.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Was it difficult? Tell me a little bit about what you did.”

 

Ralph Hulse Jr.

“Well, it was—I can say it was a little bit difficult because it was like the first competition I really entered.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“But you’re definitely proud of what you did.”

 

Ralph Hulse Jr.

“I think with a little more training we can do much better.”

 

Barna Reck

Barna Reck

“I went to mixed martial arts competition. It was very difficult, the fighters were really great. It was my honor to fight with these guys.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“Will you continue to go along with the House of Shotokan for other events? Are you looking forward to a greater challenge?

 

Barna Reck

“Definitely, we are right into it, the training is not gonna stop. So we’re waiting for the next fight.”

 

Group

“House of Shotokan!”

 

Perhaps someday there will be an Olympic medal from the House of Shotokan. Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

 

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4 Responses for “Over thirty medals for Shotokan group in Tabasco, Mexico”

  1. Storm says:

    Congratulations to these fighter athletes. It’s a good discipline for the children, and a good sport and tool for the adults. I hope there is more success to come!

  2. Belizean Pride says:

    congrats to all of them, keep up the dream of Olympic and it can happen.

  3. raul guevara says:

    Congratulations we are proud of you.

  4. Gale says:

    So proud of my country, just keep the dream alive.

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