World Champions Karate Center Excel At Nationals
The dojo team of 24 white and black belt athletes competed in the A.A.U. National Karate Championship in Winston Salen, North Carolina from June 30 through July 5. The tournament included several thousand athletes from all 50 states. World Champions Karate Center received a special award for the prestigious top 10 in the nation.
Head instructor Sensei Bruce Hodes commented that the Center stresses respect, discipline, and proper training for all students Pre-K through adults. Those that choose to compete in tournaments receive additional training in tournament etiquette and advanced techniques. The dojo staff of Sensei’s Jaimie, Samer, James and Mark train and coach the students as well as compete at the advanced black belt level.
The students garnered many first place Kumite (fighting) medals, as well as first, second and third in Kata (forms) and Kobudo (weapons) The AAU Karate program is the largest traditional program in the United States. It encompasses local, regional, national and Junior Olympic competition as well funding various junior and adult international teams. For more information, visit the Karate Center at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive or call 718-945-1618.
Pictured is the national team: Front Row (l to r): Charlie Wanderer, Paige Whelan, Jospeh Guarrera III, Deanna Aptti and Alexis Acquista. Second Row (l to r): Sensei James Esopo, Philip D’Agostino, Cameron Douglin, Regina Frain, Frank Laino and Emily Arikian. Back Row (l to r): Sensei Bruce Hodes, Sempei Mark Gumpal, John Cunnigham, Stephen Douglin, Justin Pine, Wanda Evelyn, Joseph Guarrera and Sensei Samer. Not pictured: Katie and Sydney Zambroski, Andre Asbury, Milenna Castro, Milenna Castro, Tia Evelyn, Roseanna Guarrera and Gregory Szuman.