Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs News
Illinois Shotokan took Fort Lauderdale by storm when they arrived for the 2009 USANKF National tournament, July 17-19. After qualifying for Nationals in May, ISKC students spent months preparing for the tournament in hopes that they would earn a National Championship title.
Illinois Shotokan arrived in Florida with a total of 155 competitors and six coaches. The competitors were given the opportunity to test their skills against karate students from across the nation. In the three days of competition, ISKC achieved overwhelming success, walking away with an astonishing 147 medals. To add to the excitement, Sensei Brian Mertel and Jenna Weber made it to the Sunday night finals where they competed for a spot on the US Senior team. Both Mertel and Weber put on an exciting show and were able to beat their opponents to capture the gold. They will join team members, Billy Finnegan, Elisa Fonseca, Tom Scott, Adam Brozer, Cheryl Murphy, and others at the Pan American Championships in Quito, Ecuador. Illinois Shotokan will also be represented on the Junior US Team where 13 of our students qualified to compete in El Salvador in September.
The 2009 USANKF Nationals seemed to be a great success, not only for ISKC and its competitors but for the Federation as well, who reported this as the largest championship to date. The USANKF hopes to continue this success at next year’s nationals in Greenville, SC.
We’ve had an exciting and eventful start to summer in Illinois Shotokan Karate Clubs as many of our students prepared for and competed in the USANKF Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. I’m very proud of our competitors and am very pleased with our results (147 medals) at the tournament. I believe our results reflect the hard work and effort that our students put forth in preparing for this event.
April 18, 2010
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