(from left): Ashcroft Karate Club members Romona Baxter, Cheyenne Wiens-Mourad, Danny Collins, Samantha Collins, and Brooke Arnott at a recent tournament in Las Vegas. Photo: Hideaki Kanamaru

Ashcroft Karate Club members do well at Las Vegas tournaments

Club members rose to the challenge and brought home a bounty of medals

Members of the Ashcroft Karate Club had a successful trip to Las Vegas recently, where they participated in two tournaments: the Junior International Cup and the USA Open.

The last time Hideaki Kanamaru visited Las Vegas was 30 years ago, when he went there with his father, Aki. At that time the club brought back one gold and one bronze medal. This year’s team of five members brought back two golds, two silvers, and five bronze.

The tournaments were hosted by the USA National Karatedo Federation and took place from April 19–21. It was the first taste of international competition for all five team members, and Kanamaru says that he is very proud of the team for stepping up to the challenges of the battles on and off the mat. He adds that each of the athletes put on a solid performance.

He also gives a special thank you to all the club’s supporters. “Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you for helping the team on their journey to Vegas.”

Junior International Cup results

Samantha Collins: Bronze in age 13 Kata Novice division, Gold in age 13 Kumite Novice division

Cheyenne Wiens-Mourad: Silver in age 16 Kata Intermediate division, Bronze in age 16 Kumite Intermediate division

USA Open results

Danny Collins: Bronze in ages 45-54 Kata Novice division, Gold in ages 45-54 Kumite Novice division

Samantha Collins: Silver in ages 12-13 Kumite Novice division

Cheyenne Wiens-Mourad: Bronze in ages 16-17 Kata Intermediate division, Bronze in ages 16-17 Kumite Intermediate division


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