World Champions Karate Center Tops The Region
The A.A.U. Region I Karate Championships were held on May 3, 2003 at the Hudson Valley Community College at Troy, N.Y. The 500+ athletes from N.Y., New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine had a great day of Kumite (sparring), Kata (forms), and Kobudo (weapons) competition. The World Champions K.P. team dominated the competition as it has often done in the past. The 35 competitions garnered 47 gold, 23 silver and 15 bronze medals. Several athletes swept their division with gold in all their events. These included Justin Pine, Frank Laino, Stephen Douglin, Paige Whelen, Crystal Woods, Regina Frain and Diamond De Martino. (The next stop for these athletes is the National AAU Karate Championships at Winston-Salem North Crolina.)
The team is pictured as shown: First Row l. to r: Paige Whelan, Charlie Wanderer, Milenna Castro, Deanna Patti, Ryan Kohlbrecher, Joseph Guerrera, Alexis Acquista. Second Row l. to r.: Manny McNeil, Kwesi Bragton, Damian Gurino, Emily Arikian, Rhea Catwell, Cameron Douglin, Judith Wanderer, Tia Evelyn, Jessica Kelly and Frank Laino.
Back Row l. to r.: Sensei James, Sensei Samer, Sempei Mark Gumpa, Stephen Douglin, Sensei Bruce Hodes, Justin Pine, Joseph Guerrera and Regina Frain.
Not pictured: Sensei Jaimie, Diamond Demartino, Thomas Arikian, Joelle Burgess, Gregory Szuman, Crystal Woods, Philip D’ Agostino, John Cunnigham, Kim Oliphant, Richard Applebaum, Joseph Applebaum, Andre Asbury and Wanda Evelyn. The next stop for the athletes is the AAU National Karate Championships at Winston-Salem, North Carolina. World Champions Karate Center is located at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive, Rockaway Park.