Yoshukai Canada Hosts 6th Annual Victoria Karate Cup

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 Images by Erich Eichhorn ( ISN )

April 23, 2016   Victoria, BC –  On Saturday PISE played host to the 6th annual Victoria Cup Karate Tournament featuring competition in kata, kobudo (weapons kata) and sparring. Competitors ranged in ages from 6 to over 50 years old with rankings from white belt up to black belt.

Black Belt kata competitor Amelia Cooper performs her kata gold medal standard in her division during the 6th Annual Victoria Karate Cup – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

Tournament directors Hanshi Masanobu Kikukawa, Okinawa Shorin Ryu Karatedo Shinkokai, and Shihan Greg Turnbull, Yoshukai Canada Honbu, welcomed over 100 competitors from Vancouver Island, Saltspring Island and the lower mainland. International guests in attendance were Shihan Jose Planas and Manuel Kidd from Puerto Rico.

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(left to right ) Sensei Mike Puckett, tournament organizer Shihan Greg Turnbull, and Hanshi Masanobu Kikukawa pose pre-tournament for ISN  – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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Hanshi Masanobu Kikukawa presents a certificate form the City of Victoria to international guest Shihan Jose Planas of Puerto Rico – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca) 

The Victoria Cup is a non-profit event, and this year’s proceeds will be donated to Community Living Victoria who provide support for families with teenagers who are afflicted with autism spectrum disorder. Community Living Victoria coordinator Jeannie Owens-Wallace was in attendance on behalf of the organization.

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Men’s Black Belt kata medalist take to podium – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

The opening ceremony featured the Sheung Wong Hung Fut Kung Fu lion dance team along with Victoria’s own Marty the Marmot – having fully recovered from the Victoria Royals’ heartbreaking loss to the Kelowna Rockets in game 7 earlier in the week.

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The Shueng Wong Hung Fut Kung Fu lion dance team opened the tournament with a performance – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

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Marty the Marmot made his welcomed-presence felt, posing with young competitors before the start of the tournament – Erich Eichhorn image (www.allsportmedia.ca)

A demonstration of full-contact style fighting was conducted by members of Hanshi Kikukawa’s dojo, and it is the goal of this tournament to introduce and feature this style of competition. The Victoria Cup continues to grow and organizers are already gearing up for next year’s event.

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