Shinpu-Ren Karate students capture 11 state champion titles
Shinpu-Ren Karate School students attended the Arizona State Karate Championships on Jan. 14. Thirteen students and one instructor competed in up to three different events each. Students competed in Kata (forms), Kumite (point sparring) and Kobudo (weapons).
Every student who earned a first, second or third place in either of their events is now qualified to attend the National Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., in March. Nationals is by invitation only and participants must qualify at either a state or regional level to attend. Students who will be going to Nationals will now be training to compete against the top contenders from all over the U.S.