Callahj Simons enjoys title hat-trick
A host of Bermudian martial artists achieved a number of impressive results competing in the Texas Amateur Organisation of Karate finals on Saturday.
Normally the event is contested only by Texas residents; however, this year organisers allowed all competitors who have been competing over the past seven months to compete either in person or virtually.
Ahead of the event, all competitors were ranked according to their overall scores from any Amateur Organisation of Karate-sanctioned tournament, with the top five from each division, age and rank being seeded.
Dominique Brown headed into the event as the second seed out of all competitors and did not disappoint with top-three finishes in six different disciplines.
Having taken the top honours in Krazy Athletics and Musical Kata, Brown secured second-place finishes in the Traditional Weapons 12 to 17 advanced group, Creative Weapons and Musical Weapons. She also finished third in Creative Kata and Traditional Kata in the 12 to 17 advanced group.
There was also impressive displays from Callahj Simons, who took top honours in the Traditional Weapons discipline and then came through a tie-breaker to also win the Traditional Kata, both in the 8 to 11 Intermediate group.
Seiji Wallington-Ingham had a busy day competing in the 8 to 11 Intermediate group, taking top spot in Krazy Athletics as well as third-place finish in Traditional Weapons and sixth in Traditional Kata.
Also competing in Traditional Kata were Amarriah Vaughans, who finished fifth in the under-seven beginners group and Massanda Vaughans who claimed a third-place finish in the 8 to 11 beginners group. The latter also took top spot in Traditional Weapons.
All winners advanced to the grandchampion round where Simons placed first in the intermediate category among the under-18s, while Massanda Vaughans finished up second in the beginners category.
There was also further joy for Brown, who was finished second overall.
Meanwhile, Simons also competed in a further tournament on Saturday, finishing first in Kata in the 2020 Virtual League Finals.
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