Special to the Tribune
|From left, top row: Fisher Plucinsky-2nd Team Kata, 2nd Chambarra, 3rd Koshiki, Mackenzie Donovan-1st Chambarra, 2nd Koshiki, 3rd Kobudo, Renshi Lori Morris-1st Chambarra, 2nd Kata, 3rd Kumite, Shihan Alex Morris-1st Kumite, 1st Chambarra,2nd Kata, 2nd Musical Kata, 3rd Kobudo, Kyoshi james Morris, Jake Duchesne-2nd Kumite, 3rd Chambarra, 4th Kobudo, 4th Kata, Danielle Hamilton-2nd Chambarra, 3rd Musical Kata, 3rd Koshiki, 4th Kobudo. Bottom row- Cosmo Morris-2nd Musical Kata, 4th Kumite, Makenzee Morris-1st Musical Kata,3rd Chambarra, 3rd Kumite, Dylan Donovan-2nd Team Kata, 3rd Team Sparring, 4th Chambarra, 4th Koshiki, Ceiley Plucinsky-1st Chambarra, 2nd Team Kata, 3rd Koshiki, 3rd Team Sparring, 3rd Kata, 3rd Kumite, 4th Kobudo. Not pictured: Memphis James-3rd team Sparring.|
Prescott Valley Karate Champions returned home with six national champion titles and a total of 39 top four placings in the USKA National Karate Championships.
Held annually in Albuquerque, N.M., the top four State and Regional qualifiers from the U.S. are invited to the Nationals to compete for a National Champion ranking.
ShinPu-Ren Family Karate attended with nine students and two instructors to compete in this year's tournament. Competition is two long days of events and runoffs that last late into Saturday evening until all of the champion titles have been awarded.
Students competed in Forms (Kata), Musical Forms, Kumite (Point Sparring), Koshiki (Full Contact Sparring), Kobudo (Weapons), Chambarra (Sport Kenjutsu) and Team Events.
Each year students hold a Kick-a-Thon to raise the sponsorship money for entry fees, and with each Kick-a-Thon they donate a percentage of the money raised to a local Prescott Valley charitable organization.
This year the students were able to do better than the usual 10 percent donation, and they gave 65 percent of the proceeds to help out where they felt the money could do the most good.
ShinPu-Ren stresses the code of Bushido with the students, "Justice, Bravery, Benevolence, Politeness, Veracity, Honor and Loyalty."