Rosen breaks records
JUNEAU - Ira Rosen of Juneau won his age and weight class titles at the USA Powerlifting (USAPL) National Masters Championships held May 2-4 in Baton Rouge, La.
Rosen, 53, competed in the 56-kilogram weight class (123 pounds) and broke national meet and American records in the squat, deadlift and total, plus he tied the record in the bench press. Rosen broke his own national and American records.
In the squat, Rosen lifted 180 kilograms (about 396 pounds) on his third lift. That broke his previous national and American records of 385.75 pounds set in 2001.
In the deadlift, Rosen lifted 195 kilograms (about 429 pounds) on his third lift. That broke his previous national meet record of 413.25 pounds and his previous American record of 414.25 pounds, both set in 2001.
In the bench press, Rosen lifted 90 kilograms (about 198 pounds) on his first attempt, then failed in two efforts to lift 95 kilograms (about 209 pounds). His 90-kilogram lift tied his American and national records of 198.25 pounds set in 2001.
The total of Rosen's three lifts was 465 kilograms (about 1,023 pounds), which broke his national record of 997.50 pounds and his American record of 998.50 pounds, both set in 2001.
Lifters of different weights and ages competed in an overall competition, where a formula is used to compare the lifters across the different divisions. Rosen, who competed in one of the lightest weight classes, finished 31st overall with a total formula lift of 502.056 kilograms (about 1,104.52 pounds).
"It was the largest number of lifters at a national master's meet, almost 200 lifters," Rosen wrote in an e-mail. "I had my best day ever. I had my highest-ever formula total and finished in the top 25 or 30 of all lifters."
Burton-Carrillo earns black belt
JUNEAU - Karla Burton-Carrillo, a member of the Juneau Shotokan Karate Club, recently attained the rank of Sho Dan (first-degree black belt) during the club's spring examinations. Burton-Carrillo has been studying karate at the club for six years.
More than 60 people took part in the spring examinations, which were administered by Cathy Cline, the Northwest Regional Director of the International Shotokan Karate Federation and the manager-instructor of the Western Washington Shotokan Karate Club in Bellevue, Wash. Diana Stevens, the chief instructor of the Juneau club, said Cline is the first woman in the Western Hemisphere to attain a sixth-degree black belt in the ISKF/Japan Karate Association organization.
The Juneau Shotokan Karate Club is a non-profit organization celebrating its 20th anniversary in the community. The club is affiliated with the ISKF and with the 4-H Clubs of America through the University of Alaska Cooperative Extension Service. For more information on the club, call Stevens at 790-4199.