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Fri, Dec. 06

Shinpu-Ren Karate team brings home 9 national titles

From left: Shihan Alex Morris-3rd Kobudo, 3rd Chambarra, 3rd Team Sparring; Morgan Rodenkirk-1st Kobudo, 2nd Kata, 4th Team Sparring; Harrington Ray-4th Koshiki,4th Team Sparring;  Renshi Lori Morris-2nd Kata,3rd Kumite; Tye Garcia-1st Kata, 3rd Kumite,2nd Koshiki; Ceily Plucinsky-1st Kobudo, 1st Kata, 1st Team Sparring, 2nd Chambarra,3rd Kumite;  Kyoshi James Morris;  Fisher Plucinsky 1st Kata, 4th team Sparring, 4th Kobudo;  Trey Snyder- 1st Koshiki, 4th Kobudo;  Josh Surdyk-4th Team Sparring- Sensei Travis Roach-1st Kata, 1st Chambarra, 3 Kata, 4th Koshiki. Not pictured Adrianna Andrews, Honorable Mention.<br>
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From left: Shihan Alex Morris-3rd Kobudo, 3rd Chambarra, 3rd Team Sparring; Morgan Rodenkirk-1st Kobudo, 2nd Kata, 4th Team Sparring; Harrington Ray-4th Koshiki,4th Team Sparring; Renshi Lori Morris-2nd Kata,3rd Kumite; Tye Garcia-1st Kata, 3rd Kumite,2nd Koshiki; Ceily Plucinsky-1st Kobudo, 1st Kata, 1st Team Sparring, 2nd Chambarra,3rd Kumite; Kyoshi James Morris; Fisher Plucinsky 1st Kata, 4th team Sparring, 4th Kobudo; Trey Snyder- 1st Koshiki, 4th Kobudo; Josh Surdyk-4th Team Sparring- Sensei Travis Roach-1st Kata, 1st Chambarra, 3 Kata, 4th Koshiki. Not pictured Adrianna Andrews, Honorable Mention.<br> Courtesy Photo

Nine national champion titles returned home this year with the seven students and three instructors of Shinpu-Ren Family Karate in Prescott Valley.

The three-day USKA National Karate Championships take place each year in Albuquerque, NM. With multiple events and divisions, past national champions, current regional, and state champions compete against each other. Nationals are by invitation only, and only the top three in the states are eligible to compete.

Many of this year's divisions had up to 30 competitors looking to capture the national title. This year students and instructors from Shinpu-Ren Family Karate brought home nine of the coveted titles.

This year's team competed in Forms (Kata), Point Sparring (Kumite), Full Contact point sparring (Koshiki), Weapons (Kobudo), Team Sparring, and Sport Kenjutsu (Chambarra).

Seven-year-old Ceily Plucinsky triple crowned by bringing home three titles of her own. Sensei Travis Roach captured two Titles. Overall the 10 competitors returned home with 28 top 4 wins. The students and instructors would especially like to thank their many generous sponsors who helped them accomplish their goals this year, including Kiwanis, National Bank, Antelope Lanes, Fry's and the people who stopped by the yard sale, got their cars washed, or sponsored the Kick-A-Thon.

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