Shogun produces national champs

Shogun Dojo continues to produce some of the best martial artists in Canada.

Shogun Dojo continues to produce some of the best martial artists in Canada.

At the World Karate and Kickboxing Council national championships over the Victoria Day Long weekend in Ottawa, 28 members competed, taking home more than 20 top-three medals.

From the event, seven club members have earned the right to represent Canada at the world championships in Taranto, Italy in October.

Two more will also likely be attending the event as spares.

In kickboxing, Dave Percy fought to two gold medals and one bronze.

In karate, Tareq Abu Khadra finished third in both continuous and point fighting.

Lisa Ramos was first in point fighting and second in forms.

Cheryl Griffith placed first in forms, silver in point fighting and was named an alternate after coming in fourth in point fighting in the 18+ division.

Martin Roberge earned a gold in continuous fighting and a bronze in point fighting and forms.

Rob Henry finished first in point fighting and second in continuous fighting.

In Team Forms, Riley Tchida and Sage Lawson placed third.

In point fighting, Jake Tchida and Liam Sandberg were named as spares.

Percy credits the leadership of Abu Khadra and the commitment of the club members with Shogun Dojo’s excellent results on the national stage.

“We have a really good club here with lots of good talent,” Percy said.

“That’s why we do as well as we do.”

Many of the club members travelling to worlds have already competed at that level and are expected to do well at the event, said Shogun Dojo owner Marwan Abu Khadra.

To be successful at the next level, he said the club members need to continue to train hard.

“Your commitment is your success,” Abu Khadra said.

The club will be taking part in fundraising events over the next few months to help pay for the trip to worlds.