Purple Dragons seek world titles

Team Purple Dragon Cayman left for the Purple Dragon World Karate Championships in Trinidad on Monday in high spirits after months of intense training. 

It runs over this weekend from Friday to Sunday. The team got a big boost from Cayman National who pledged their support as title sponsor. 

The world championships take place in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad every five years and attracts up to 1,000 competitors from around the world. 

It is an extremely important goal that the students have been working towards. In recent weeks they have been training for up to six hours a day for seven days, under the direction of Sensei Atonio Thompson and supported by other senseis and instructors. 

With a large team from Cayman competing this year, fundraising was extremely important and Sensei Floyd Baptiste, who runs the Cayman dojo, thanked all sponsors and volunteers for their assistance and in particular Cayman National. 

As well as training hard, all competitors have been involved in fundraising for the trip which included a raffle, a fun run sponsored by Williams2 and a karate showcase held at the ARC in Camana Bay. 

“The support of the local community as sponsors, at the fun run, raffle and showcase has been very motivating for the Cayman Islands team traveling to compete at this exciting event,” Baptiste said. “The students are all looking forward to representing the Cayman Islands and bringing home as many medals as possible.” 

He added, “When we competed in this event in 2010, we did very well and brought home several medals. This time we hope to do even better, and make our Purple Dragon Cayman friends and family and the wider community very proud.” 

There are more than 35 competitors and supporters from Cayman traveling to the championship, with competitors ranging from in ages from under 10 to over 50, both male and female. 

They will be competing in a variety of categories including sparring, katas, weapons, self defense and the highly anticipated team demo. 

As well as Cayman National and Williams2, Purple Dragon Cayman also received support from Dart, Tower, RBC, Walkers, DMS and Sprint. 

For more information, visit www.purpledragon.ky or contact [email protected]

The Purple Dragons’ youngest members trained hard.
The Purple Dragons’ youngest members trained hard.