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Bahamians excel at California Karate Tourney
By Lindsay Thompson
May 11, 2016 - 11:36:39 PM

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Students of the New Providence Martial Arts & Fitness Centre participated in the 49th Annual Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai (JKR) International Tournament (April 29-May 1st, 2016) in Anaheim, California. Pictured back row from left to right are: Sensei Chinyere T. A. Ijeoma, Chief Instructor New Providence Martial Arts & Fitness Centre Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai (JKR); Dominic McFall, William Knowles, Duran Rolle, Robyn Evans, Casey Myles Scavella, Chernard Thompson, Chigozie Ijeoma Jr. and Instructor, Sensei Roland A Evans III. Pictured front row from left to right are: Miles Ferguson, Nkume Ijeoma, Aidan Rolle, Chianna Diggiss, Sensei Kiyoshi Yamazaki, 9th Dan JRK, Jadyn Munnings, Charles William Diggiss, Alexander Turner and Daryn Morgan Sands. (Photo/ Bede Derek Sands)

A group of 15 students of the New Providence Martial Arts & Fitness Centre participated in the 49th Annual Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai (JKR) International Tournament (April 29-May 1st, 2016) in Anaheim, California.

This competition provides an opportunity for the students to compete internationally, while representing their Martial Arts Academy and their country at such a prestigious international training and tournament event.

“This level of experience and exposure is wonderful for the student's personal, team, and martial arts development and we look forward to the results of all of their hard work,” said Sensei Chinyere T. A. Ijeoma, Chief Instructor New Providence Martial Arts & Fitness Centre Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai (JKR). Instructor, Sensei Roland A Evans III, also accompanied the group along with a few parents.

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These youngsters, the students of the New Providence Martial Arts & Fitness Centre with an impressive showing at the 49th Annual Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai (JKR) International Tournament (April 29-May 1st, 2016) in Anaheim, California. Pictured are Miles Ferguson, Kumite, 2nd, Kata, 3rd; Jadyn Munnings, Kumite 2nd, Kata, 1st; and Nkume Ijeoma, Kumite, 3rd. (PHOTO/Bede Derek Sands)

The group left Nassau on Thursday April 28 and returned Monday May 2nd, with karate bags full of medals and accolades for their stellar performances.

The results: Chernard Thompson, Red Belt - Kata 2nd, Kumite, 2nd; Dominic McFall, Brown Belt - Kata 2nd, Kumite 2nd; Robyn Evans, Purple Belt - Kumite, 1st, Kata, 3rd; Chigozie Ijeoma Jr. Red Belt, Kumite 1st, Kata, 3rd; Roland Evans, Black Belt - Kata 1st; Casey Scavella, Red Belt - Kumite, 1st; Duran Rolle, Brown Belt - Kumite, 3rd; Morgan Sands, Purple Belt - Kata, 3rd, Kumite, 3rd; Charles Diggis, Brown Belt - Kumite, 1st; Kata, 3rd; Chianna Diggis, Green Belt - Kumite, 2nd, Kata, 2nd; William Knowles, Brown Belt - Kumite, 2nd, Kata, 2nd; Miles Ferguson, Red Belt - Kumite, 2nd, Kata, 3rd; Nkume Ijeoma, Brown Belt - Kumite, 3rd; and Jadyn Munnings, Brown Belt - Kumite 2nd, Kata, 1st.

The students were granted permission to travel from their respective schools of Queen's College, Temple Christian School, St. John's College, The Meridian School, Summit Academy, Genesis Academy, and The College of the Bahamas.

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Female students of the New Providence Martial Arts & Fitness Centre showed girl power at the 49th Annual Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai (JKR) International Tournament (April 29-May 1st, 2016) in Anaheim, California. Pictured are Chernard Thompson, Red Belt – Kata 2nd, Kumite, 2nd; Robyn Evans, Purple Belt – Kumite, 1st, Kata, 3rd; Daryn Morgan Sands, Purple Belt – Kata, 3rd, Kumite, 3rd; and Chianna Diggis, Green Belt – Kumite, 2nd, Kata, 2nd. (PHOTO/Bede Derek Sands)

In congratulating the students, Sensei Chinyere said it was a proud moment for the karate school and the country, to witness their level of performances.

“I wish to congratulate each of our competitors from the New Providence Martial Arts Centre for doing such an outstanding job representing school and country so well at the 49th Annual Japan Karate-do Ryobu-kai International Tournament.” Sensei Chin said.

She added: “The competition was great experience for them. I saw each of our students elevate their performance to the level of their competition. Their focus and endurance has certainly come a long way. I have never felt so proud as an instructor and a Bahamian with how well our kids represented the 242 in and out of the ring.”

The New Providence Martial Arts & Fitness Centre also participated in the international tournament, in Anaheim, California in 2015.

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The adults of the New Providence Martial Arts & Fitness Centre participated in the 49th Annual Japan Karate-Do Ryobu-Kai (JKR) International Tournament (April 29-May 1st, 2016) in Anaheim, California. Pictured with their medals are Chernard Thompson, Red Belt – Kata 2nd, Kumite, 2nd; Dominic McFall, Brown Belt – Kata 2nd, Kumite 2nd; and Sensei Roland A Evans III, Black Belt, 1st in Kata. (PHOTO/Bede Derek Sands)




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