Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs News
2013 World Shotokan Karate Championships
Team USA places 5th overall at the World Shotokan Karate Championships in Liverpool, England.
Last weekend, 28 ISKC athletes and several others from other states represented the United States of America at the World Shotokan Karate Championships in Liverpool, England. The World Championships spanned two full days of competition from September 28th - September 29th as our athletes competed alongside 453 international athletes from 28 countries to fight for the world championship title.
Team USA took home a total of 3 Gold medals, 3 Silver medals and 6 Bronze medals. The following athletes earned each medal as follows:
-Eddie Allegretti, 14yr., Naperville
-Adam Older, 33yr., Pennsylvania
-Eric Krol, 17yr., Hoffman Estates
-Jason Krol, 17yr., Hoffman Estates
-Ethan Pearson, 16yr., Naperville
-Camille Papelera, 15yr., Park Ridge
-Chandler Ury, 14yrs., Arlington Heights
-Ann Hsieh, 15yr., Hoffman Estates
-Taylor Wood, 16yr., South Carolina
-Carly Crawford, 15yr., South Carolina
-Cirrus Lingl, 14yrs., Carpentersville
Other athletes who deserve honorable mention that also competed in Liverpool are as follows:
We would also like to thank our coaches, Brian Mertel, Dominic Noia and Predrag Bajic who worked so hard preparing the athletes as well as Adam Older, Juan Oshiro and Will Gatch who helped coach throughout the tournament. And we would also like to acknowledge our referees that also worked hard, Dr. Kathy Bailey, Bill Bastian and Diane Martin.
Many of the above listed athletes will be competing this weekend at the American Shotokan Karate Championships on October 13th at Harper College in Palatine, IL starting at 9am. The event is open to the general public with spectator tickets starting at $3 for children and $5 for adults. Call the Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs at 847/359-0666 for more information.
2013 USA Karate Nationals
Summer is here again and while people across the nation were cranking up their AC, the ISKC national competitors were busy cranking up their training to prepare for the 2013 USA Karate Nationals. This year, 158 Illinois Shotokan students joined approximately 1,500 competitors in Greenville, South Carolina to take a shot at earning a national title.
In order to prepare for the high-caliber competition, many ISKC students participated in special trainings led by our full-time instructors. The trainings, which began in mid-June, were divided into specialized workouts focusing on either kata or kumite. Students were also given the opportunity to work on their conditioning at a speed and strength training class.
The tournament results proved that all the extra trainings and hard work were worth it. ISKC arrived back in Illinois with an impressive 143 medals. The total includes 38 gold, 45 silver and 60 bronze.
One of the gold medals belongs to Sensei Juan Oshiro, who competed in the Men's Advanced Adult Open Kata Division and also placed 2nd in the Men's Adult Shotokan Style-Specific Kata Division. Sensei Oshiro was not the only ISKC instructor to bring home a medal. After taking a six-year break from competition, Sensei Dominic Noia joined Sensei Oshiro on the podium for the Men's Adult Shotokan Style-Specific Kata Division with a bronze medal. In addition, assistant instructor and black belt, Lena Pekaj placed first in her Style-Specific Kata Division and second in the Women's Advanced Kata Division.
Our students also performed extremely well in all areas of competition. In his first year in the Men's division, 18 year-old Michael Watts made it to the kumite finals in the 18-34 Men's Elite Division to take on Tom Scott, who has won his adult kumite division for six consecutive years. Watts proved he was up for the challenge and scored the first point of the match. However, after a hard-fought battle, Watts went on to take the silver medal. He also took the gold in his 18-20 year-old division the previous day, which qualified him for the Jr. Pan American Championships in Colombia and the Jr. World Championships in Spain later this year. Andrew Ragona was also a finalist in his men's kumite division, but was unable to compete in the finals due to an injury he received in his junior elite division, where he took a bronze. Due to his inability to compete in the final match, Ragona was awarded the silver medal.
A dozen other ISKC students also qualified for the Jr. Pan American Championships and six ISKC students became eligible for the trip to the Jr. Worlds. These athletes include: Chandler Ury, Brandon Malone, Madison Malone, Marcus Malone, Ellora Jaggi, Michael Watts, Jason Krol, Eric Krol, Matthew Zalewski, Camille Papelera, Alex Diana, Andrew Ragona and Ethan Pearson.
Sensei DiPasquale was thrilled with the outcome this year in Greenville. "We had yet another excellent year at the National Championships and I'm extremely proud we were able to place to many students on the national team." DiPasquale said, "We've never had this many students qualify for the Jr. World Championships."
Sensei DiPasquale would also like to recognized our referees and coaches who worked so hard throughout the four-day tournament. They devoted countless hours prepping our competitors both before and during the competition. "I'd like to give a big thank you to Sensei Brian Mertel, Peja Bajic, Dominic Noia, Noah Frisvold, Besnik Adovic and Alysa Berenson who volunteered their time to helping our students. I would also like to thank our referees: Kathy Bailey, Diane Martin, William Gatch, Bill Bastian, Mike Ross, Jerry Gates, Shawn Masters, Prayag Patel, Juan Oshiro and Tim Watts. These referees worked long hours to help make the tournament run smoothly and without the referees, the Nationals would not exist."
Congratulations to all our athletes who competed and we look forward to another great Nationals next year in Reno, Nevada!
ISKC takes its show on the road
Congratulations to Team USA for representing our country so brilliantly at the North American Cup. While most of us were battling it out at the Illinois State Championship on April 28th, a few members of our club were in Mexico seeking international recognition. Let's give a round of applause to:
SAVE THE DATE: APRIL 28
Click here to download the Illinois State Championship application and flyer. This is also our National Qualifier. More information regarding the Nationals will be sent out after the Illinois State Championship.
ISKC mourns the loss of our friend Jennifer Morgan
It is with much sadness that we inform you of the passing of Jennifer Morgan. Jennifer lost her battle with cancer on February 20, 2013. She was a wonderful person and an amazing mother. There is nothing that Jennifer would not have done for her kids. She was very involved in Adam and Emily's karate lives. You could hear Jennifer cheer during their competitions no matter where you were in the gym. I don't think she missed an event.
Jennifer was on the Executive Committee of our Booster Club and helped with all of our events. She was always there and we could always count on her to do what ever was needed. Jennifer helped to create table decorations and set up for the banquets, she was always helping at the Kick For Cures events, and coordinated our red shirts at the tournaments. On a national level, Jennifer volunteered at National Championship and US Open events helping train volunteers and keeping the events running smoothly. We are so proud of all that Jennifer did for ISKC and ISBC.
Jennifer will be missed. For those of us who had the opportunity to work with Jennifer and call her our friend, our lives are better for having known her. Our deepest condolences to her husband Ron and her children Adam and Emily. Rest in Peace, Jennifer. We know you are in Heaven organizing God's karate tournament volunteers.
Visitation for Jennifer Morgan will be Sunday February 24 from 3pm until 9pm and the funeral service will be Monday at 11am. Both will be at the Smith Corcoran Funeral Home at 185 E. Northwest Hwy, Palatine, Illinois 60067.
USOC Athlete Advisory Committee Representative Elected
We are proud to announce that Sensei Brian Mertel has been elected as the USA Karate Representative to the US Olympic committee Athlete Advisory Committee. This important role serves as the primary representative for USA Karate athletes to the Olympic Movement, as well as serving on the USA Karate Board of Directors. "Brian will be an excellent representative for USA Karate and our athletes," said Jake Lease, USA Karate Chief Executive Officer. "He has big shoes to fill, and I know he will fill them admirably." To read the full article click here.
Brandon Malone featured in the Daily Herald
Brandon Malone was featured in the Daily Herald for his accomplishments in international competition. Read the full article here.
American Shotokan Karate Championships
The question is not why you should care about the upcoming American Shotokan Karate Championship, but why you should be totally super stoked about the upcoming American Shotokan Karate Championship. Think about it: when it comes down to it, we so rarely get the opportunity to challenge ourselves in a meaningful sense.
This is your chance. The best way to find out exactly how good you are and how you stack up against your peers is to test it. You'll never really know unless you take that risk. Let the competitive spirit tickle your senses and get out there! It's guaranteed to be an all around good time and there's sincerely no better way to jumpstart your growth and development.
The Championship is scheduled for Sunday, October 7th at Harper College in Palatine. For more information please call 847/359-0666. Click here for the American Shotokan Karate Championship flyer and application.
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ISKC Shines at Shotokan World Championships
By allowing students to discover their own personal strengths and weaknesses, as well as driving them to work that much harder, competing in the Championships is an accomplishment in and of itself. Rest assured, those long hours of patient practice paid off in dividends!
A record number of ISKC's finest excelled at the Championships. As stated by Sensei Straza, "The ISKC instructors provide a lot of teaching and opportunities for competition and karate development, and the students continue to put forth their best effort both in class and in training." Whether partaking in kata or kumite events, every single one of our students did us proud, displaying the utmost in good sportsmanship and performing beautifully.
Further demonstratiNG ISKC's continued commitment to excellence, several students went home with medals. Congratulations to Angela Wong, Michael Watts, Earl Osoteo, and Cheryl Murphy on earning a gold medal. Other medal winners are Allison Mack, Shannon Masterson, Emily Morgan, Marina Klipinitser, Tiger Kaufman, Lisa Swanson, Connor Noda, Ryan Senatore, Andrew Ragona, Alysa Berenson, Jenna Weber, Carlos Sanchez, William Gatch, Juan Oshiro, and Julio Egoavil.
Considering the success of so many ISKC students, it comes as little surprise that our instructors fared equally well. Per Sensei Straza, "The instructors are full-time karate-ka and devote their lives to training not only in the art, but in their particular specialty within the sport as well." With that in mind, let's take our hats off to Sensei Egoavil, Oshiro and Sanchez!
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