World-class action at karate training camp

Cayman Karate Academy students during training: kneeling, Army Dacosta, and standing, Telisha Barnes and Jerome Brown.

Karate junior world champion Dante Rodrigues made a welcome return to the Cayman Karate Academy recently, spending a couple of weeks passing on tips to eager students.

Head instructor Bob Daigle, a former world karate champion, was pleased with how well his students responded. Rodrigues, who just completed his freshman year in college, was happy to take a much-needed vacation in the Cayman Islands and share his knowledge with local students, Daigle said.

“The kids were training for eight hours a day at karate camp and still going in on their days off to learn more,” he said.

“We have a lot of talent, such as Army DaCosta, who is only eight,” Daigle added. He also mentioned Telisha Barnes and Adam Gruska.

The training camp ended July 22.

The plan is to organize a club tournament in Cayman in October for the students to get some more experience, said Daigle.

He will invite other karate athletes on the island to compete as well, possibly in May 2017.

“We will also invite martial artists from Jamaica, United States … and start putting on international competitions like we did in the ‘80s and ‘90s. It’ll give parents the chance to see their kids compete on home soil.” Daigle intends to bring in one of the best junior black belt teams in the world to visit Cayman in October to give his team master classes.

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