Local karate scores big
DETROIT – Karate students from Bushido Karate of Manistique and Delta County Budokan of Escanaba recently joined forces to compete in the State of Michigan AAU Karate Championships. As the only team from the Upper Peninsula to take part in the event, the group took home a number of awards and will now head to the AAU Karate Junior Olympics.
The championships were held at Cobo Hall in Detroit, with the following U.P. students participating: Daniel Michalik, Anthony Lemaster, and Jacob Worthen. Coaches and instructors Jim Flores, Cathy Flores, Matt Flores, Wanda Lemaster, also traveled to the competition.
All competitors at the championship had already won gold, silver or bronze medals during other nationally qualifying AAU tournaments.
Michalik received two bronze medals for kobudo (weapons) and sparring, with a fourth place in kata. Lemaster took fifth place in his division for kata and kobudo. Worthen took fourth place for kata and kobudo in his division.
The Delta County Budokan and Bushido Karate are traditional Okinawan Karate Schools teaching Karate, Kumite (sparring), Kobudo (weapons) and Iaido (Samurai swords). The Delta County Budokan has been in existence since 1989. Bushido Karate is the “sister dojo”, operational since 2008.