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karateYesterday the Shotokan Karate Dojo in Orange Walk hosted the second annual National Junior Karate Championship. Seven dojos from across the country joined in the competition with participants raging from ages 4 to 17.

The competition consisted of two levels (Cata) meaning sequential movement and Comita meaning free style. The national championship attracted a good crowd and from what we were told students of the Shotokan Karate Dojo won more than five gold medals.

Mervin Reyes- Sensei, Shotokan Karate Dojo

“It did fairly well because it is young school which is just five months old. The school started back in the November of 2010 at the complex with eight students and then it moved here in January 14th 2011. So basically the bulk of the students which are thirty six in all have only three months training. We had about eight medals which I am very happy with because we had thirteen competitors from our school at the competitive level the youngest being Mary Saldivar that came in third and she is four years old, that’s the little girl you saw on the news a couple days ago.”

With the assistance of the Belize Karate Federation, karate has been gaining momentum across the country. In fact the response has been so good that talks are already underway for an International Competition.

Mervin Reyes- Sensei, Shotokan Karate Dojo

“We are looking to spread karate all over the country we want to bring other countries. Being a member of the Belize National Karate team I am currently liaising with other members of the team through the Martial Arts Federation and we will try and see what we can next not only for Orange Walk but for the entire country and that is the never enduing challenge.”

Anyone interested in taking karate lessons can contact Mervin Reyes at 660-5024 or visit the dojo which is located on the Belize/Corozal Road.

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