Four Juneau Shotokan members take 3rd in Anchorage competition

Mende, Kramp earn black belts with karate club

Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Four youth members of the Juneau Shotokan Karate Club captured third-place honors at the 28th annual International Shotokan Karate Federation/U.S. National and Collegiate Karate Championships in Anchorage on Sept. 2-3.

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Maline Murray claimed third place in advanced kata for ages 10 and 11. Kata is the study of form within the practice of karate.

Phillip Murray and Denali Wentz both took third in advanced kumite for ages 14 and 15. Kumite judges an athlete's ability in sparring.

Kalino Iha also took third place in intermediate kumite for ages 10 and 11.

Also in September, Maricris Mende and Tyrel Kramp, two teen members of the Juneau Shotokan Karate Club, both recently earned the rank of Shodan, first-degree black belt.

The two underwent examinations by Master Teruyuki Okazaki, the Chairman and Chief Instructor of the International Shotokan Karate Federation.

The test required Mende and Kramp to demonstrate their proficiency in the art of self-defense.

Both Mende and Kramp started their training in middle school and have been involved in karate for more than five years.

"Although some people might think it marks the culmination of training," Juneau chief instructor Diana Stevens said of earning Shodan status, "it really show that your study of karate is beginning on a whole new level."

The Juneau Shotokan Karate Club has been operating in Juneau for 23 years.

Currnetly, the club boasts a members of more than 60 adults and youths.

The club welcomes new members of all ages and skill levels. Interested people can call the club at 790-4199 or log on to www.juneaushotokan.org.



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