Brooklyn Amity’s After School Karate Program students’ have once again accomplished phenomenal results but this time at the International New York Karate Open Championship on Sunday March 1, 2015. The pressure was high, and the number of participants almost double, however the Brooklyn Amity School students managed to earn 8 Gold, 8 Silver and 18 Bronze Medals.
The International Open Karate Championship was the most participated competition so far in New York’s Karate Championship history with a number of 606 participants. The BAS – karate athletes had a chance to compete with various athletes from different countries all over the world including Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Venezuela, Canada, Senegal, Germany, France, Ukraine, Jamaica and the USA.
Every one of these was medals won was accomplished through dedication and enormous commitment to success. As with every competition, the students were prepared by Sensei Meral Olmez, a Two Time World Champion and the Chief Karate Instructor. Hours of training finally paid off with 34 glorious medals. It was a great experience for everyone. The medalists and their parents were very proud of their achievements, just as the other competitors were happy to take a stand to win. Considering that this is the largest and most unique event held in New York City, it was clearly evident that the pressure was on. Every participant had support from their families and coaches. They all had the same goal, but only a few managed to do that at the end. We are all honored to see that Amity’s karate students are continuing to achieve their dreams through such a well-designed program.
“Our most essential goal having the karate program at Amity is to use sports like karate to motivate our students for life, to improve and strengthen their universal values- respect, discipline and determination. Our goal is to make our students more successful in life by teaching complete discipline of mind, body and spirit and to produce well-rounded individuals and contributing members of society” said Sensei M. Olmez. Monica Bajraktarevic, Brooklyn Amity’s Assistant Director also indicated “recognizing the importance of sports is imperative to the physical well being of society as a whole. In the age where the students are driven by the digital devices, this is what enables them to refocus and channel their energy exactly where it will be most beneficial for them in a long run”.
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