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Local Karate Students Bring Home Medals from International Tournament

The American Shukokai Karate National Squad (pictured above in Lisbon, Portugal 2010), consisting of 42 competitors, brought home 16 medals: 2 Gold, 2 Silver, and 12 Bronze, and finished 8th overall out of 13 participating countries from around the world. 

Americans See Success in Karate World Championships 
Lisbon, Portugal 2010
-- Official Press Release --

      The American Shukokai Karate Union, a team consisting of 42 students from all over the United States, recently returned from an international karate tournament in Portugal with 16 medals in tow.  The tournament, which is held every other year, is sponsored by Kimura Shukokai International.  This year the tournament boasted competitors from 20 countries around the world: the competition took place on May 14 – 16 in Lisbon and attracted almost 400 competitors. 

The competitors participated in four different categories for medals: individual Kumite (point fighting) and Kata (forms) as well as team Kumite and team Kata.  The American team was successful in all four divisions, bringing home gold in two different categories and silver and bronze medals in most other categories.

The American team consisted of students as young as 12 as well as competitors in their 50s.  Nicole Bressaw, from Fords/Edison dojos 23, recently graduated from Georgetown University, spent the last six months dedicated to preparing for this tournament, won gold in women’s kata, bronze for Kumite and womens team kumite.  She is the first adult to win gold in kata since 1981 when the world tournaments began.

In Veteran’s (over 40) division Michael Moles, 52, a fifth degree black-belt and a contender in the veterans division, won a gold medal for his efforts.  This is his sixth gold medal in 12 years.   Moles is Chief Instructor at River Dell Karate School in Oradell, New Jersey.  Our own Christian Madama of the Fords Dojo took bronze medal in Kata, fantastic since this is his first World Tournament.

Team Divisions:  David Szucs, assistant sensei in Edison/Fords, brought the mens kata team consisting of himself, Morgan Jones (Edison) and Malcolm Dell (Pearl River, NY) into the silver medal spot.  Again, this is a first for Mens Kata team and boys 15-17 from Pearl River also took a silver medal in Kata..  Our womens kumite team consisting of Jessica Campos (Fords Dojo), Nicole Bressaw (Fords/Edison Dojo) and Susan Klausner (Tenafly Dojo) took a bronze medal. 

Brian Purvis for Boys Heavyweight Kumite age 18-20; Joseph Howard for Boys Kumite Age 16 -17 and Aiden Anselmi for Boys Kumite Age 12 -13, all from Sensei Mac Albus’s dojo in Pearl River.

In the Men’s Team Kata division, another United States Team also earned a silver medal: Malcolm Dell, who also studies with Mr. Albus 7th degree black belt in Pearl River, teamed with David Szucs and Morgan Jones, who train with Mr. Bressaw, to earn second place in this very competitive division.

Bronze  Medals:  Jessica Campos  bronze medal for Women's Individual Kata .   (Turn over for more details), Nicole Bressaw Bronze medal for Women’s middle weight Kumite.

Other bronze medal winners from the United States Team included Doug Paul, from Stephenson, Michigan, a student of Jason Niemi at Michigan Shukokai Karate, returned home with a bronze medal in Kata: he is currently studying towards a degree in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement; Talin Tuestad, of Westwood, New Jersey, for Girls Kumite: she attends Pascack Valley High School and studies karate with Gavin Armstrong, a Sixth Degree Black Belt and Chief Sensei of Tenafly Shukokai Karate; Claudia Muniz of Fords Dojo for Girls Kumite age 16 – 17 and Christian Madama, also of Fords Shukokai Karate School, for Men’s Individual Kata.  Also attending the Tournament were students who train under 7th degree Sensei Alex Couto, Chief Instructor at Kimura Shukokai Karate of Saddle Brook, New Jersey; Justin DeSalvo, who recently opened a dojo in Montclair, and Norman Ensil, who recently settled in Vancouver after running a dojo in California for many years.

The American Shukokai Karate Union is to host the next Kimura Shukokai International Karate Tournament in 2012.  Plans are already underway for this major event: each country is expected to send not only a team of competitors, but a cadre of referees and coaches as well as other volunteers to make the tournament a success.  The United States’ team alone was joined by 46 other family members and tournament assistants in Portugal.  The coordination of such a large event is a massive project.  The United States team is preparing to host what is expected to be the biggest tournament yet, with competitors coming from as far away as South Africa, India, Australia and New Zealand.  

Click here to see pictures from the event

For full results, go to: www.ksi2010.com