Six students from Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts, a Scottsdale karate school, placed high in their divisions at the recent 2011 USKA Martial Arts Nationals Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M.
• Chance Glover (13), 1st place sparring, 4th place koshiki
• Cameron Kessner (13), 1st place kata, 4th place weapons
• Mackenzie Bouise (10), 2nd place sparring, 2nd place team sparring, 4th place kata
• Julianna Chin-Tung (12), 3rd place sparring, 3rd place koshiki, 5th place kata
• Max Bouise (12), 4th place weapons, 4th place team sparring
• Andrew Rodgers (11), 5th place kata
“Competing in tournaments has helped me gain confidence at school speaking in front of the class, asking questions and within my friendships,” says Kessner, a student at Scottsdale Preparatory. “I feel great knowing that I’m part of a bigger team, a team that encourages me to be a better athlete and person. I enjoy supporting my team members and seeing them succeed, knowing that I have helped them train to become great at what they do.”
The competitors, all from North Phoenix, Scottsdale and Paradise Valley, began their martial arts training under Sensei Richard M. Poage, himself a National and World Champion and has been named a #1-rated Martial Arts Instructor by the United States Karate Alliance for six years running.
“Martial arts is an excellent way to build confidence and focus,” says Poage. “Our programs not only teach karate but assist with life skills that help kids become successful individuals in society.”
Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts & Healing Center offers a wide range of classes for youth and adults including karate, jujitsu, mixed martial arts (MMA), conditioning and self-defense. For more information call 480-200-1187 or visit peacefulwarriorphx.com.