Evans Traditional Karate/Kobudo Tournament
August 28, 1999 -- Our studio was fortunate to have been
invited to compete at this first annual event held in Sacramento, California.
The promoters, Sensei Tim Evans and his wife, Kim, were the most gracious
of hosts and worked to make this the success it was. A sincere Domo
Arigato Goziemasu to the Evans family for a very enjoyable day.
Among the highlights:
- A 1st place kata
title for Julia Ai Bernardy in a tough division that included black
belt competitors and other more advanced students. Julia had to win via a
tie-breaker with a male black belt. In each instance she performed
extremely well and received a well-earned Gold medal. Julia also
competed in sparring and finished with a silver medal.
- Nathan Dunn competed in both forms and sparring, winning a 1st
place with the Naifanchi Shodan kata, a form he only just recently
began practicing. Although he did not place in kumite,
Nathan's performance in the sparring division was also admirable.
- Christina Machiko Bernardy won a Bronze medal in sparring and also
performed Itosu-no-Chinto kata in a very competitive division. Most
notable was the fact that Christina competed with 12 to 14 year-olds even
though she could have entered a younger division.
- Pedro Bernardy competed in kata, individual and team sparring, and
also demonstrated tonfa kata from the Matayoshi system of kobudo.
He won a gold medal in kata and a silver medal in team sparring.
- Of most importance was the chance to meet many quality martial artists and
their families in a friendly and enjoyable setting. Again, our thanks
to the Evans family and dojo for their outstanding efforts. We look
forward to their next event.
Congratulations to all of these competitors!