Juniors put on dazzling display
Bermuda's young martial artists put on a dazzling show at the 6th Annual Budo Cup Kumite Championships held at Somersfield Academy Gymnasium on Sunday.
The event featured thirty youngsters between the ages of three and eleven that competed in seven divisions.
William Attridge successfully defended his title in the boys 11-13 age group while Shane Steinhoff and division newcomer Ajani Lee won the silver and bronze.
Ajani Richardson reigned supreme in the boys 9-10 age group with J'kai Berkley and Ravi Cannonier-Watson taking the silver and bronze to round off the podium.
Khari Sharrieff claimed the gold in the boys 7-8 age group while Tyler Furtado claimed the silver for the second straight year with division newcomer Christian Warren securing the bronze.
A new champion was crowned in the boys 5-6 age group after Gonosuke Harigai defeated defending champion Nico Bean in the final to take the gold.
Bean had to settle for the silver this time around while the bronze went to Dylan Pickering.
Nikko Lekki won the gold in the boys 3-4 age bracket with Chancellor DeShield securing silver and Amari Bean the bronze.
Sunday's event also featured junior female martial artists who also entertained a crowd of more than 120.
Shauntia Berkley battled her way to the gold medal in the girls 5-7 division with silver and bronze going to defending champion Maya DaSilveira and Vidiya Cannonier-Watson.
Also defending their title this year was Christiana Warren who took the gold after seeing off the challenge of division newcomer Scarlett Wakefield.
“Competing in a tournament such as this gives the participants so much more than a medal at the end of the day,” Reuben Bean, the president and chief instructor of Jiketsu Martial Productions, said.
“By competing, they have the opportunity to execute teamwork, strategy, sportsmanship, humility and patience while gaining significant self-confidence by facing their fears inside and out of the tournament tatami [mat].
“We are excited to see the commitment and dedication of these young Karate-ka [a practitioner of karate] and we anticipate the continued structured enhancement of our young athletes.”