Karate team places in state championships
MANISTIQUE – Karate students from Bushido Karate and the Delta County Budokan recently joined forces to form one team. The Karate team participated in the state of Michigan AAU Karate Championships held on March 23, in Kalamazoo.
“Every member of the team placed in the top three places in their divisions,” said Cathy Flores, an instructor with Bushido Karate.
The awards/medals received included eight gold medals for first place; five silver medals for second place; and two bronze medals for third place – 15 medals in all.
“This is pretty impressive considering this small team from the U.P. was competing at a State level tournament and against national and even world champions,” she said. “It truly was the mouse that roared.”
The State of Michigan AAU Karate Championship is also the qualifier tournament for the Junior Olympics. Karate students qualify for the Junior Olympics if they place in the top three positions – gold, silver or bronze. This year, the Junior Olympics will be held in Michigan.