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Shinpu-Ren Karate students capture 11 state champion titles

Back row l to r: Ceiley Plucinsky -  Kumite 1st, Kobudo 1st; Andrew Rojas - Kata 4th, Kumite 1st;  Shihan Alex - Kata 3rd, Kumite 1st, Kobudo 1st;  Mackenzie Donovan - Kata 2nd,  Kumite 1st;  Kyoshi Gary;  William Muller - Kata 2nd, Kumite 5th; Danielle Hamilton- Kumite 1st; Keenan Morris-Honorable Mention. Front/center row: Silas Snyder - Kata 3rd,  Kumite 4th; Brendan Penney - Kata 4th, Kumite 3rd; Dylan Donovan- Kata 1st, Kumite 1st; Trey Snyder- Kata 3rd, Kumite 3rd, Kobudo 3rd;  Fisher Plucinsky- Kata 1st;  Memphis James- Kata 3rd,  Kumite 1st.<br>
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Back row l to r: Ceiley Plucinsky - Kumite 1st, Kobudo 1st; Andrew Rojas - Kata 4th, Kumite 1st; Shihan Alex - Kata 3rd, Kumite 1st, Kobudo 1st; Mackenzie Donovan - Kata 2nd, Kumite 1st; Kyoshi Gary; William Muller - Kata 2nd, Kumite 5th; Danielle Hamilton- Kumite 1st; Keenan Morris-Honorable Mention. Front/center row: Silas Snyder - Kata 3rd, Kumite 4th; Brendan Penney - Kata 4th, Kumite 3rd; Dylan Donovan- Kata 1st, Kumite 1st; Trey Snyder- Kata 3rd, Kumite 3rd, Kobudo 3rd; Fisher Plucinsky- Kata 1st; Memphis James- Kata 3rd, Kumite 1st.<br> Courtesy Photo

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.

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