Shihan Kai Leung's 14th Traditional Karate Invitational Championship

第十四回梁紹楷空手道選手権大会

New York City - May 2008

The 14th Traditional Karate Invitational is a NYTKL sanctioned event

Shihan Kai Leung hosted the 14th Traditional Karate Invitational Championships on Sunday May 18, 2008 at Queens College/CUNY.

Staging area

Youth Competitors

Award winners

The tournament was one of the most successful karate events ever held in New York City with over 550 competitors and 2,000 spectators.

Drum Spirit of China

The event started off with an amazing performance of Taiko drums, performed by the world famous group Drum Spirit of China.
Shihan Kai Leung presented special appreciation gifts to his teacher Master Toyotaro Miyazaki and to the founders of the New York Traditional Karate League.

NYTKL founders Shihan Cleveland Baxter, Shihan George Aschkar Jr., Shihan Cedric Barksdale and Shihan Herb Wiles all received official Olympic mascots from the Beijing Olympics in China.

Shihan Kai Leung introducing Ken Leung to Master Kiyoshi Shiina

Sensei Gene Dunn, Shihan Kai Leung, Master Kiyoshi Shiina,
Actor Ken Leung and Shidoin Raif Ekici

Actor Ken Leung with Shidoin Elena Kaminskaia and Nicky

Special guest actor Ken Leung, from the hit television series LOST, attended the event and posed for pictures with many competitors and guests.

The Kumite matches were action packed

Shidoin Edwin Concepcion vs. Shihan Herb Wiles

Judging Weapons

Weapon Competition

Kata Competition

Shihan Victor Garrido from Venezuela received a special award

Shihan Victor Garrido brought a large team from Venezuela to compete at our annual event. He and his students had a great time and won many awards.

Master Terry Maccarrone presents a gift to Shihan Kai Leung

Master Terry Maccarrone, one of the most senior Shorin-Ryu Instructors in the United States came to support our event.

Sifu Paul Vizzo, Master Toyotaro Miyazaki, Shihan Kai Leung and Shidoin Elena Kaminskaia

Sifu Paul Vizzio came and brought Master Miyazaki to the tournament. Sifu Vizzio is a world renowned martial artist, who holds 18 World full-contact kickboxing titles and is a master of the Fu-Jow Pai Gung Fu system. He is also a senior practitioner of Shotokan Karate under Master Miyazaki.

Sifu Paul Vizzio with his many title belts

Master Miyazaki promoted several senior instructors:
Shihan Mike Hatgis (2nd L.), Shidoin Ken Hadzovic (L), and Shidoin Jaime Paz (R) to advanced Black Belt Ranks

Little Champions from the competition

Six year old Destiny Vergara winning her kata and kumite matches

Shihan Kai Leung with Championship Grand Champions

The Kata and Kumite divisions were very strong and when the dust settled, the Grand Champion Kata was won by a very skillful Joey Castro of New Jersey and Grand Champion Kumite was won by a very tough Badyr Aschkar of New York.

We congratulate them for winning the Grand Championship and they will forever be listed as Champions of the Traditional Karate Invitational.
We would also like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the many instructors, competitors, officials, spectators and staff members for supporting and contributing to our event. The Championship was a huge success, because of the support from the top dojos in the New York Tri-State area.

Tournament Staff

Tournament Officials

We are already planning and working very hard to make our next tournament even more successful.
We would also like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to the many instructors, competitors, officials, spectators and staff members for supporting and contributing to our event. The Championship was a huge success, because of the support from the top dojos in the New York Tri-State area.

Tournament Staff

Tournament Officials

We are already planning and working very hard to make our next tournament even more successful.

We look forward to seeing you again in 2009!