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Karatekas impress at ISKA C’ship
T&T shone brightly at the recent International Sports Karate Association (ISKA) Championship in Colorado, USA, earlier this month (July 5-7) as karatekas from two clubs performed with credit and even brought back medals and trophies.
Karatekas from the Tazmanian Bulldogs School of Martial Arts and Kick-boxing and the Kalari &Kung Fu School of Martial Arts International took the tournament by storm with Sensei Dave Samdeo of Kalari, taking top position in the clash sparring, as well as second in the extreme forms and third in the creative forms and point sparring.
Club Kalari also got first and second places respectively in the Weapon and Creative forms sparring from sensei Brian Boodial: second in creative forms and point sparring from Amrit Ramsubhag while Vishal Ramsubhag copped gold, silver and bronze medals in the clash sparring, weapons and creative forms sparring respectively.
In addition, the Bulldogs’ 8&under and 9&under karatekas Liam Rajkumar, Kaleigh Rajkumar, Aditya Kyle Ragbir, Niya Hassan, Nika Hassan, Nivan Ragoo, Jamari Thomas and Vittal Anil Parasram, walked away with trophies and medals for outstanding performances. The display by the karatekas was evident of the work being done by local ISKA T&T representative Rodney Ramlal, whose responsibility to grow the sport locally and regionally has been picking up speed.
Ramlal, a veteran kick-boxer who defeated Brazil’s Aleksandro Askiva for the ISKA- sanctioned Pan American Championship title in 2015, was high in praise for the local karatekas, saying the hard work and dedication of the youngsters have paid off, as no one left the tournament empty-handed.
“Each one of our students showed a lot of promise based on the quality of their output. I think with more preparation these young karatekas would be on their way to bigger rewards in the future,” Ramlal said.
The local karatekas, spurred on by family and friends, held their own amidst stiff competition from Australia, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Jamaica and the host nation, among other nations.
Ramlal, who is head instructor at the Tazmanian Bulldogs School of Martial Arts and Kick-boxing said his work has just started as he believes there is a lot of talent that exists within the boundaries of the twin-island Republic.
He is calling for this talent to be nurtured. At present, there are 10 clubs registered with the ISKA TT and Ramlal is extending invitations to all interested martial arts and kick-boxing clubs to join the future development of the ISKA, saying clubs must be registered with the local umbrella body of ISKA to be able to participate at international tournaments.
Ramlal can be contacted at (706-4583) or ([email protected]).
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