First Baptist team wins karate gold

The winners in the 4-year-old forms are Lucas Forde (gold), Sebastian Farjallah (silver), and Shane O'Reilly (bronze), with fellow competitors Tillie Lomas, left, and Jasper Law.
Alex Bush, 5, scores a punch.
Alex Bush, 5, scores a punch.

Under the theme “School vs. School,” the top team fighters from the First Baptist Christian School, Cayman Prep and Cayman International took part in Cayman Karate Academy’s first tournament in more than 18 years.

The tournament on May 28 at the First Baptist Christian School’s gymnasium, featured more than 80 competitors, some as young as 4 years old. They competed in forms, fighting and weapons.

Special guest performer Dante Rodrigues displayed extreme forms demonstrations for the audience.

With fighters trying to score the most points in 90 seconds for the win, First Baptist won the junior team battle against Cayman International and were then matched against Cayman Prep.

Despite Prep’s Enzo Subiotto scoring eight points, First Baptist were declared the winners and received the gold medal.

The team battle of boys versus girls was another highlight of the tournament.

Eli O'Sullivan, 5, competing in forms.
Eli O’Sullivan, 5, competing in forms.

Teammates Teajah Tatum, Ruby Pileta, Rianna Jones and Telisha Barnes held their own with a score of 21-19 against Diamond White, Edmond Pileta, Jerome Brown and Max Cummings.

Leaving the tournament with a triple gold win was 13-year-old Josh Steen. Josh, the only competitor to win triple gold, won first in fighting and forms for his age group.

In efforts to challenge him, Steen was then matched against the adults.

In the adult fighting finals, black belt competitor Susan Eden faced Steen. In a close match against Susan, Josh took his third and final gold.

Arianna Watler, 6, competes in advanced forms division.
Arianna Watler, 6, competes in advanced forms division.

Four-year-old Lucas Forde, with 6-year-old Luc Sinton and Army DaCosta of the 8- to 9-year-old category, each won two gold medals in forms and fighting.

“We look forward to running more tournaments and hope that other martial arts schools will send their students,” said tournament organizer and former world karate champion, Bob Daigle. “We would love to have all the martial arts schools on the island competing and hopefully competitors from other countries like we did in the 1990s.”

The karate tournament was organized by Mr. Daigle and sponsored by Oliver Sinton and Prosperity Capital Management.

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