The Powerade-sponsored International Shotokan Karate Federation of Barbados National Karate Tournament held last Saturday attracted 93 Karatekas ranging from age six to seniors, some in their 50s.
Competition was very keen and in the Women’s Brown Belt Division, Dakoda Walkes walked off with gold in both Kata and Kumite. In the boys 14 to 17 year old category Adam Harris took top spot in Kata and Kumite. Kaden Richards dominated the Boys 8 to 11 year age group taking Kata and Kumite.
In the Girls’ 12 to 13 years group, Angaly Deodat took the gold in Kata while Tabu Lallkissoon placed first in Kumite. In the adult men Kevin Bentham secured gold in Kata with Dabian Cumberbatch dominating the Kumite.
The local federation also hosted Sensei James Field on November 19 and 20 and he conducted grading as well as fine tuned some students in preparation for the nationals. Seventy students took this grading of which all were successful. Senior Karatekas promoted to Yondan (4th Dan) were Grantley Barrow, Maria Warren and Kevin Bentham and Sensei Field encouraged them to continue their journey in Karate and build a stronger federation.