2006-05-19 / Obits

World Champions Karate Center Win At AAU Regional Championship

The World Champions Karate Center team competed with 35 members, who ranged from 6 year old beginners to adult black belts at the Seven State Annual Region I Championship Tournament held on April 22 and 23 in Albany, N.Y.

All 35 members garnered one or more medals in the field of 500+ athletes representing the Northeast. The World Champions team come home with over seventy medals in KATA (forms), Kumite (sparring) and Kobudo (weapons).

Their high achievement is a direct result of the students' dedication and the rigorous training they receive from Sensei Mark Gumpel and Sensei Samer Hussein. One just has to watch as the students go through their paces under Sensei Samer to understand their dedication.

He trains them hard and when they think there is nothing left, Gumnpel makes them find that extra spark of energy from deep inside.

That's why these kids are all winners says Sensei Bruce Hodes.

"They never give up! It's a pleasure to see them in action on the tatami (dojo floor). Whether they are giving or receiving punches or kicks they do it with respect, discipline and control. There are no attitudes here.

The doho is located at 112-20 Beach Channel Drive. We've been training Karateka in Rockaway for 35 years. This is the World Champions Center Karate team:

First row-left to right: Nicholas Meyer, Francesca Castellano, John Scaccia, Samantha Kohlbrecher, Ryan Kohlbrecher and Joshua Petit.

Second row-left to right: Jacob Hunter, Frank Laino, Liam Ryan, Deanna Patti, James Lopez, Anthony Castellano, Samantha Scaccia, Thassan Augustin and Sensei Bruce Hodes.

Third row- left to right: Sensei Samer Hussein, Emanuel McNeil, Sensei Mark Gumpel, Rhea Catwell, Kwesi Bragton, Gabriel Freyre and Joelle Burgess.

Not shown: Anastasia Vega, Ymani Vegas, Shannon Edinboro, Tiyanna Ceballos, Shannon Barriteau, Xavier Fleming, Cameron Douglin, Justin Pine, Wanda Evelyn, Marybeth Dawson, Sean Charles, Tia Evelyn, Hassan Mohammed, Alan Schlessingerman.

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