2013-02-08 / Sports

Girls Rule atWorld Champions Karate Center


Student Diana Kuznitz is ready to take on all comers with intense training and determination. (Photos by Bruce Hodes.) Student Diana Kuznitz is ready to take on all comers with intense training and determination. (Photos by Bruce Hodes.) After rebuilding from the superstorm, World Champions Karate Center opened December 1st, with a handful of students. As many had previously left the peninsula, training resumed with those who were able to make it back. Everyone was hoping to get back to normal “as soon as possible.”

Two students in particular were very motivated, Diana Kuznitz and Jalilah Ali. These two female karateka were candidates for Shodan (Black Belt). The date of January 27th was set for their test to be held.

The training began in earnest. They had to make up for lost time during and after the storm, cleaning up and getting their own homes back in order. The culmination of years of focused training was now evident. They each had to complete requirements in each of five areas: Kata (Forms), Kumite (Sparring), Kobudo (Weapons), teaching requirements, and a Black Belt Thesis. They accomplished all of this as well as dealing with storm related issues, school and family.


Student Jalilah Alihese shows fine form and accomplishment during her Shodan testing. Student Jalilah Alihese shows fine form and accomplishment during her Shodan testing. They did this without hesitation or complaint. They each succeeded. Their tests were magnificent. Sensei Bruce Hodes grilled them for four hours in all the above areas. They completed 17 Kata with applications {Bunkai), ten weapons Kata, a myriad of techniques (Kihon) culminating in free sparring (Kumite), with other high ranking students.

Sensei Hodes is very proud of their accomplishments as well as his other students who were also testing for their colored belt on that day.

For further information regarding the Karate Program at World Champions Karate Center, stop by the Dojo at 112- 20 Beach Channel Drive or call 718-945- 1618.



Shodan (Black Belt) candidates Diana Kuznitz and Jalilah Alihese go through their moves at World Champions Karate Center. Shodan (Black Belt) candidates Diana Kuznitz and Jalilah Alihese go through their moves at World Champions Karate Center.

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