Sports — 30 September 2014
Local karatekas shine at Cayo Invitational Karate Championships

SAN IGNACIO, CAYO–The Cayo Shotokan Karate Club (CSKC) celebrated its 24th Anniversary in a grand fashion on Saturday, September 27, by hosting an International karate championship, where 60 athletes competed to represent their clubs and countries. For the entire event, the auditorium at Sacred Heart College was filled with constant roars from karate enthusiasts and spectators. Still in the September patriotic mode, our young athletes fought their hearts out to protect their home turf, Belize, literally with blood, sweat and tears.

The clubs who participated were Kazoku Shotokan Karate Dojo of San Ignacio; Cayo Shotokan Karate Club-Belmopan; Poptun Shotokan Karate Club-Guatemala; El Salvador; and host, Cayo Shotokan Karate Club-San Ignacio. At the end, CSKC-Belmopan overwhelmingly won the championship by winning 11 gold, 12 silver and 16 bronze medals. Second place was CSKC-San Ignacio with 6 gold, 4 silver and 2 bronze medals. Third place was Guatemala with 3 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze medal.

Also present as invited guest, was Sensei Oswald Mata, President of the Central American Karate Confederation (CCONDEKA) and Secretary General of the Central American and Caribbean Karate Confederation (CCCK). Sensei Mata also did an inspection of venues, since Belize is tasked to host the Central American Karate Championships in February, 2015.

Our greatest appreciation goes out to our sponsors – Quality Poultry Ltd., Spanish Lookout Pharmacy, Midwest Steel, Sirrom Gas, Asha’s Beauty Salon-San Ignacio, and Cahal Pech Village Resort.

– press release –

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