Karate Club garners 4-State awards

Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Ten members of the Berryville Community Center Karate Club (BCCKC) won these trophies at the Four State Open Martial Arts tournament in Neosho, Mo., on Sept. 27. Front, from left, Jo Anne Wordemann, Ian Galey, Aidan Seel and Schel Seel. Back, from left, Jamie Munday, Nathaniel Myers, Mike Ledesma, Alex Ledesma, and Mitch Curtis. Not pictured, Leanna Wilson. Photo submitted.

BERRYVILLE -- On Sept. 27 the Southwest Association of Tournaments held its Four State Open Martial Arts tournament in Neosho, Mo., at Crowder College.

Ten members of the Berryville Community Center Karate Club (BCCKC) entered the tournament, competing in Kata, Weapons Kata and Sparring.

Sensei Fred Anderson, head instructor of the BCCKC, reported a first for the organization in its six-year history at the community center. It was a father and son combination of grand champion winners.

Mike and Alex Ledesma won first place in their respective divisions, thus qualifying them for entry in the Grand Champion Divisions under Black Belt.

Everyone was very proud of them for representing the Berryville Community Center Club and winning the Grand Champion events Sensei Fred Anderson said.

Results of the tournament were as follows:

Junior Beginners, female under 18- Leanna Wilson,1st forms, 3rd weapons, and 2nd sparring; Junior Beginners, male under 18- Mitch Curtis 1st weapons, 2nd sparring and 3rd forms; Jamie Munday, 1st forms, 2nd weapons and 3rd sparring.

Junior Intermediates- Ian Galey, 1st forms and 1st weapons; Aidan Seel, 2nd forms and 4th sparring; Junior Advance- Nathaniel Myers, 2nd forms, 2nd weapons and 3rd sparring; Alex Ledesma, 1st forms and 1st weapons.

Adult Beginners- Schel Seel, 2nd forms and 2nd weapons; Jo Anne Wurdemann, 1st sparring, 3rd forms and 3rd weapons.

Adult Advanced- Mike Ledesma, 1st forms and 1st weapons.

Classes are now forming for a youth karate class, ages 6 thru 8 years of age. This class is being taught by Mike Ledesma and meets on Monday and Thursday at 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

It's a great way for kids to become physically active as well as learn a martial art, Sensei Anderson said. For more information contact the Berryville Community Center at (870) 423-3139.

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