The 2018 JKA Panamerican Championship was held in Lima, Peru. The tournament was held on two days, Saturday was for juniors and Sunday was for adults.
The canadian team was composed of 21 competitors, 9 from JKA SKD (Aidyn Dagenais-Adler, Frédérick Vinette, David Ihaza, Jacob Pichhadze, Ly Andy Phok, Khayden Cesar Mohammed, Ariel Crisostomo, Andru Tecce, Nilovna Bascunan-Vasquez) and 12 from CJKF (Maya Jose, Darian Nasirzadeh, Celeste Wolske, Dina Petko, Kanako Isobe, Luciana Garcia, Francis Labit, Fidel Labit, Luigi Garde, Rafik Kodsy, Diyari Azad, Wilfred Seerattan).
The canadian team, both juniors and seniors, competed with great spirit. JKA SKD members got very good results and got the medals for Canada. This was a great learning experience for all the participants and the level of competition was high. There was good camaraderie and support between the canadian competitors. There was also a very great enthusiasm and support from the parents who traveled to Lima with their young athletes.
The canadian coaches were Jean-Pierre Cusson, Manon Quirion and Ed Leung. Brad Jones was the canadian judge at this Championship.
You will find below some of the highlights of the canadian results.
Jean-Pierre Cusson, canadian coach
- Aidyn Dagenais-Adler, 12 years old category : SILVER MEDAL in kata (There was 16 competitors in the category).
- Ly Andy Phok, 15-16 years old category : SILVER MEDAL in kata (There was 42 competitors in the category).
- Ariel Crisostomo, 15-16 years old category : BRONZE MEDAL in kata (42 competitor's category, he had to perform a tie breaker kata twice and won both times).
- Ly Andy Phok, Ariel Crisostomo and Andru Tecce, 15-16 years old team kata : GOLD MEDAL (There was 9 teams competing. Argentina got silver and Chile got the bronze).
- Frédérick Vinette, 12 years old category : top 8 in kata (There was 20 competitors in the category).
- Maya Jose, 13 years old category : top 8 in kata (There was 15 competitors in the category).
- Nilovna Bascunan Vasquez, adult category : top 8 in kumite (There was 41 competitors in the category).
- Wilfred Seerattan, 51 years and more : top 8 in kata (There was 13 competitors in the category).
- Andru Tecce, 15-16 years old category : top 16 in kata (42 competitors).
- Khayden Cesar Mohammed, 15-16 years old category : top 16 in kata (42 competitors).
- Kanako Isobe, adult category : top 16 in kata (41 competitors).