Sept. 19, 2013 (Westfield, N.J.) -- The Karate N Motion School, from Westfield, won 6 first place awards at a major competition held at The Twin Towers Karate Classic in New York City on Sept. 7. The martial art dojo’s home-grown "karate kids" amassed a total of 17 awards in 30 events entered. As a team, the 10 Karate N Motion students won 20% of the events entered.
They were led by Maddy Covington, a 13-year old, eighth-grader at Roosevelt Middle School in Westfield, who took 3 first place championships. She placed first in the Traditional Weapons, Forms and Creative Forms competition.
Joseph Retinger, 10, of Wilson School, also took first in the Traditional Forms category. Nicole Kenny, 11, of Park Middle School in Scotch Plains, took first in Traditional Forms and doubled up by finishing in second place in Creative Forms. The youngest team member and new champion was Jonah Plawker, 9, a fourth grader at Franklin Elementary in Westfield. He earned his first place championship in the Traditional Weapons competition.
Sean Canavan, 11, from Edison Intermediate School in Westfield, took second place in Traditional Weapons, third place in Traditional Forms, fourth place in both Traditional Weapons and Sparring, and fifth place in Open Forms. Sean, who just last month took the Sparring championship title at the Capitol Classics, was injured for the NYC competition. However, that didn't stop him from winning a bevy of trophies on the day.
Other finishers were:
· Christopher Holder, 11, of the Green Brook Middle School in Watchung, who finished third in Sparring;
· Trent Palovis, 13, of Park Middle School in Scotch Plains, who finished fourth in both Traditional and Creative Weapons,
· Julia Plawker, 12, a seventh grader at Roosevelt Intermediate School in Westfield, who finished third in Creative Kata, fourth in both Creative Weapons and Sparring, and fifth in Traditional Kata, Weapons and Musical Forms.
Honorable mentions went to Alonzo Brandon, 10, of the Pleasantdale School in West Orange, and Ciarra Holder, 10, of the Green Brook Middle School in Watchung.
As a team, the “karate kids” brought the total number of awards won by Karate N Motion to well over 100 for the year. This number includes 36 individual championships. That's quite an achievement.
Many of KNM’s karate students train five or six days a week with national karate champions as their instructors. The KNM team is already preparing for their next competition, The Battle of Baltimore, in October. Note: Two of Karate N Motion’s students are returning "Defending Champions" from last year's competition in Maryland.
“Sensei Alan” as he’s known to his students, a member of both the World and International Black Belt Halls of Fame, is a frequent guest lecturer and presenter on many martial arts related topics. He holds the Ju-Dan rank, 10th degree black belt in American Goshi Shun karate and Honshi Dan, 10th degree, from the Japan Aiki-Bujutsu Federation. Sensei Alan has owned Karate N Motion since 2000.
For more information, email Sensei Alan: email@example.com or visit www.karatenmotion.com.