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Richardson off to a winning start

Strong start: Richardson won his division in New York

Lynwood “Brotha Richie” Richardson capped his overseas debut with a victory at the NYT Winter Martial Art Classic last weekend.

Richardson won the Intermediate Men’s 35 years and older, defeating Shawn Aaron, the previous No 1 in that division, 4-3 in a point-sharing bout.

The host of the competition, Shihan Allie Alberigo, taught the art of Ninjitsu for 13 years in Bermuda, out of Al Wharton’s martial arts gym in Warwick.

Richardson, 43, now hopes to compete in more NYTournaments.com — the NYT Winter Martial Art Classic was the first competition of the season — and build on his performance at the winter classic.

The next event will be held on April 9 — the Long Island Open Karate Championships — but before that Richardson will compete at the Sensei Roots 22nd Shiai at St John’s Sunday School Sunday, February 12.

In order to compete in more overseas competitions, Richardson will again need sponsors to help cover his costs.

“I’d like to thank all of the people that made a contribution [for him to compete in the winter classic], including, the Rotisserie Grill, the Caribbean Market, 24/7 Ink, iRepair, and Kalm Innovations Hair Salon,” Richardson said.

“I’m hoping to get sponsorship so that I can compete for the rest of the New York series of tournaments this season.”

For more information about sponsoring Richardson contact him at 703-4896 or e-mail brotharichie@gmail.com