On April 18, 2015 four members from our martial arts school, including our Chief Instructor, traveled to Endwell, NY to compete in the 49th Annual Washin-ryu Karate National Invitational Tournament. In all, our competition team returned home with three gold, one silver, and three bronze medals, with every competitor taking away at least one medal!
Sensei William Max Winkler took two championship titles in Men’s Black Belt Open Kata (forms) and Men’s Black Belt Open Kumite (sparring). Alasdair Braun took gold in Junior Intermediate Kata and bronze in Junior Intermediate Kumite. Jeffrey Damick took silver in Men’s Brown Belt Kata, and James Burke took two bronze in Men’s Brown Belt Kata and Kumite.
The Annual Washin-ryu Karate National Invitational began in 1966, and it is one of the oldest and longest-running traditional Japanese karate competitions in the United States. Historically, this tournament has drawn great legendary martial arts competitors, such as Joe Lewis, Jeff Smith, and Everett “Monster Man” Eddy.
We are extremely proud of our school’s performance, and we are already looking ahead to the 50th Anniversary in the fall of 2016!