Jan 2014 17

Four Athletes Compete At Nationals

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Four athletes and one coach from the Taneda Karate Dojo will be headed to the Karate Canada National Championships in Richmond BC next week. The four athletes have had to first qualify at the regional level, then Provincial level then compete at a BC Team selection tournament in order to qualify for the Nationals. Only the top 2 athletes in each division get to represent BC at the Nationals. The National Championships will be held January 17-19 at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

For Jackson Tribe this will be his third Nationals. In 2012 Jackson placed third and in 2013 he won the Gold medal for his kumite division. There can be a lot of pressure for a repeat performance when you are the returning champion but Jackson has been training hard and is focused on putting on his best performance.

Will Wright (pictured) will be competing in his second National Championships. Last year Will had a top 5 performance and is focused on making the podium this year. Will has improved a lot since last year and has one more year of experience competing at the top level under his belt

Matt Taneda will be competing in his first nationals since 2007. This will be Matt’s fifth National Championships. Over the last few years Matt has spent time training in Japan and has even done some MMA. Matt has even been a training partner for local UFC star Rory MacDonald.

Rhiannon Jones will be competing in her first National Championships. Since qualifying for the Nationals, Rhiannon has dedicated everyday of the last three months to her training. Rhiannon is an exceptionally talented athlete and musician. She plays flute for the Kelowna Youth Symphony and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.

The four local athletes are being coached at the Nationals by Mike Ditson of the Taneda Karate Dojo. Mike has been a member of the BC Team coaching staff since 2009 and has been a coach for the Junior National team the past 2 years.

Also attending the Nationals is Sensei Chris Taneda. Sensei Taneda will be attending in the role of Technical Committee member. He will be part of the grading panel for Karate Canada black belt gradings.

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