Fifteen students representing the Kanamaru-Ha Sho Shoh-Ryu Karate-Do traveled to Richmond to take part in the first Canada Open Karate Championships on June 3-4.
The team’s journey to the Open began two months ago with many hours of dryland, technical, and sport mindset training over and above their regular Dojo practice.
Coach Hideaki Kanamaru said that for most of the team members from Ashcroft, Lillooet and Lytton, this was their first big competition.
Out of more than 600 competitors, seven team members took home a total of 10 medals. Medal winners included:
Rachael Sam - second in Girls 10/11 Novice Kata and third in Girls 10/11 Girls Novice Kumite.
Monique Kopanyas - second in Girls 10 Intermediate Kata.
Samantha Collins - third in Girls 10/11 Girls Novice Kumite.
Moira Kopanyas - third in Girls 10 Intermediate Kumite.
Cheyenne Wiens - second in Girls 14/15 Intermediate Kumite.
Romona Baxter - second in Masters Women’s Kata and third in Master Women’s Kumite.
Hideaki Kanamaru - third in Mens Kumite Elite -84kgs and third in Mens Kumite Elite Open Division.
Lillooet’s Jamie Kerslake participated in the tournament but did not place.
“A huge thank you to the families, friends, businesses and communities for the support along the way,” said Kanamaru. “We are looking forward to competing next year in the 2ndCanada Open Karate Championships to be held June 2018.”