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Mon, March 18

Shinpu-Ren Karate students bring home Nationals gold

Winning students returning from the National Karate Championships are from left: Kyoshi Gary Morris, Renshi Lori Morris-3rd Kumite; Dylan Donovan-1st Team Kumite, 2nd Team Kata, 3rd Chambarra, 4th Kata; Silas Roberts-1st Team Kumite, 2nd Kumite, 2nd Chambarra; Ceiley Plucinsky-1st Kata,1st Kumite,2nd Team Kata, 3rd Chambarra, 3rd Koshiki; Shihan Alex Morris-1st Kumite, 1st Chambarra, 2nd Kata, 3rd Weapons; Mackenzie Donovan-2nd Kumite, 3rd Chambarra; William Muller - 2nd Team Kumite, 4th Kumite; Keenan Morris- 4th Kata; Trey Snyder-Honorable Mention; Brendan Penny- 2nd Kumite, 2nd Team Kumite, 3rd Weapons, 4th Kata; Danielle Hamilton- 3rd Musical Kata, 2nd Team Kumite, 4th Kumite; Andrew Rojas- 4th Kata, 4th Team Kumite.<br>
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Winning students returning from the National Karate Championships are from left: Kyoshi Gary Morris, Renshi Lori Morris-3rd Kumite; Dylan Donovan-1st Team Kumite, 2nd Team Kata, 3rd Chambarra, 4th Kata; Silas Roberts-1st Team Kumite, 2nd Kumite, 2nd Chambarra; Ceiley Plucinsky-1st Kata,1st Kumite,2nd Team Kata, 3rd Chambarra, 3rd Koshiki; Shihan Alex Morris-1st Kumite, 1st Chambarra, 2nd Kata, 3rd Weapons; Mackenzie Donovan-2nd Kumite, 3rd Chambarra; William Muller - 2nd Team Kumite, 4th Kumite; Keenan Morris- 4th Kata; Trey Snyder-Honorable Mention; Brendan Penny- 2nd Kumite, 2nd Team Kumite, 3rd Weapons, 4th Kata; Danielle Hamilton- 3rd Musical Kata, 2nd Team Kumite, 4th Kumite; Andrew Rojas- 4th Kata, 4th Team Kumite.<br> Courtesy Photo

Eleven students of Shinpu-Ren Family Karate attended the 2012 National Karate Championships and returned to Prescott Valley with eight national champion titles. The team had 38 placings, 28 of them in the top three.

Students attended extra practices for two months to prepare for this competition. Numerous fundraisers helped ensure that every student was able to attend the event. Parents and students express their gratitude to the community for their generous contributions and sponsorships. Students held a Kick-A-Thon to raise money for the event and also donated $170 to the Yavapai Food Bank.

This year was special for Shihan Alex as he had the honor of performing in a demonstration for the Nationals audience with the student of Master Fumio Demura - 9th dan of Shito Ryu - the real Mr. Miyagi. The performance was a weapons attack and defense demonstration that had the audience on the edge of their seats. 

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