Keiko Shin competitors just got back from Orlando where they participated in AAU Kick-Off Tournament for 2015 competition season. Our academy was represented by 18 competitors including three competing for the first time: Carlie, Ryan, and Brandon.
This tournament was held over two days at Hilton hotel in Orlando. Keiko Shin students performed excitingly well at both - Kata and Kumite parts of the tournament. It was absolutely amazing to see how our students were winning one event after another and often competed against each others for gold medals. We had clean sweep in one age group where Nicholas, Jacob, and Sebastian took gold, silver, and bronze medal respectively.
The highlight of this Tournament was the Athlete of The Year award presented to Caleb for his amazing performance during 2014 competition season. Caleb absolutely deserves this award for his excellence, dedication, and hard training. He did not participate in Kumite this time around - due to his injury - but he won first place in Kata event and was actively helping Sensei by coaching all younger Kumite competitors.
While our athletes performed superbly - we have to give special credit to their parents.
Keiko Shin Parents are simply wonderful. The level of support they provide - not just to their own kids but all Keiko Shin competitors - always amazes me. I try to observe the same in other dojos families but unless I am missing something - I cannot find anything that comes anywhere near what Keiko Shin Parents represent. It also appears that our parents themselves are very well skilled in Karate. At least in the rules part of it. They can call fouls better than some trained judges and give better directions then some coaches.
I am sure that Sensei Ernesto appreciates the fact that our parents never disrespect art of karate and are always courteous to the kids and families from competing dojos.
The 2015 competition season is just beginning and after this first competition I can tell that it is going to be very exciting season. I encourage students and parent from all our programs to try to attend at least some of those events. You do not have to compete in order to participate in the event. You can come in as spectator and support Keiko Shin Team.
Check our Competition Calendar here - or see front desk for the calendar of upcoming tournaments.