Grand Champion Invitational Karate Championships

Sensei Mustafa Elrakabawy

Sixth Grand Champion Invitational Karate Championships
Middle Village, New York • November 2009

 

 


Master Toyotaro Miyazaki with Grand Champions Sebastian Acosta and Steven Bravo, Sensei Yasser Salama, Cheryl Murphy, Shihan Kai Leung, and Sensei Mustafa Elrakabawy

 

The 6th GCIK championship was held at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, New York, on November 1, 2009. The karate tournament started with a demonstration by GCIK three and four year olds. The GCIK championship had team kata competitions and Noh shi Martial arts from Pennsylvania won many of the awards.

 


Shihan Kai Leung, Sensei Mustafa Elrakabawy with award winners

 


Destiny Vergara with Sebastian Acosta and Shidoin Edward Nieto

 


Destiny Vergara won two Gold medals in Kata and Kumite

 


Shihan Kai Leung, Sensei Jaime Paz with Italo Gando, Sebastian Acosta, Carlos Lora

 


Sebastian Acosta performing Superinpei

 



Carlos Lora performing Gankaku

 



Italo Gando performing Unchu

 


Rebeca Rodriguez (C) won Gold in Kata and a Bronze in Kumite

 


Sensei Mustafa Elrakabawy awarded prize money and trophy to Sebastian Acosta for winning Grand Champion Kata

 


Tournament officials and athletes

 

We congratulate Sensei Mustafa Elrakabawy for a successful tournament and look forward to the next Championships.

 





 



Sensei Mustafa Elrakabawy's

Fifth Grand Champion Invitational Karate Championships
Middle Village, New York • November 2008

 

Sensei Mustafa Elrakabawy hosted the 5th GCI Karate championships at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, New York, on November 2, 2008. The tournament started off with demonstrations and team kata. Many of our members did very well and came home with an award.

 


Destiny Vergara with Shihan Kai Leung

 


Jackie Soto (R) with her awards

 


Edward Nieto (L) and Ismet Bracic (2nd L) with their awards

 


Kayla Boggs (2nd R) with her awards

 


Eric Soto (2nd L) and Fabian Bana (3rd Right) with their awards

 


Marta Niewinska (2nd L) and Rebeca Rodriguez (R) with their awards

 


Ashley Garcia (L) with her award

 

Sensei Mustafa Elrakabawy gave out $1000.00 worth of prize money to the winners of Grand Champion Kata and Kumite.

 


Sensei Mustafa Elrakabawy with trophy and prize money

 


Sensei Mustafa Elrakabawy with Kata Grand Champion Claire Bouchard

 


Sensei Mustafa Elrakabawy (L), Kumite Grand Champion Besim Murati, Runner up Edward Nieto and Sensei Yasser Salama

 

We had a great time and looking forward to next year's event.

Congratulations to all who participated.

 





 



Sensei Mustafa Elrakabawy's

Fourth Grand Champion Invitational Karate Championships
Jamaica, New York • November 2007

 

 

Mohssen Hassan from North Carolina won Grand Champion Kata

 

The International Shotokai Federation and the Shotojuku Honbu Dojo
came out in full force to support Sensei Elrakabawy.

 

Sebastian Acosta and Shotojuku Team

 

Edwin Concepcion (L) place 3rd in Kata

 

Ola Prenkiewicz (2nd) and Rebeca Rodriguez (3rd) Place in both Kata and Kumite

 

Jackie Soto (C) won 2nd in Kata and Kumite

 

Sebastian Acosta place 2nd in Kata

 

Sebastian Acosta's Kata was very strong and sharp but he was so powerful that his shoulder dislocated.
He place 2nd in Black belt Kata. He is going to learn from this experience and Shihan Leung was very empressed with his Kata.

 

Shihan Leung with Kayla Boggs

 

Sebastian Zielinski

Jorge Contreras

 

Marius Andreescu

Gabriel Marin

 

Many of our members competed and came home with more experience and trophies.
Sensei James Luk performed the Northern Lion Dance to bring good luck to Sensei Mustafa Elrakabawy's event.
We congratulate Sensei Mustafa Erakabawy and look forward to next year's event. Congratulations to all!


Win or Lose, you are all champions.
You dared to try and you succeeded!

 





 



Sensei Mustafa Elrakabawy's

Third Grand Champion Invitational Karate Championships
Jamaica, New York • November 2006

 

The Shotojuku Honbu Dojo came out in full force to support Sensei Elrakabawy. Shotojuku Honbu Dojo brought 15 officials and 20 competitors to help out and we came home with more experience and 28 Championship Medals.

 

Shotojuku Dojo

 

Our children marched in with our dojo flag in the opening ceremony.

 

Sensei James Luk's Lion Dance

 

Sensei Luk did an excellent Shishi dance and everyone enjoyed it!

 

Shotojuku Youth Competitors

 

Our youth team was having a lot of fun hanging out at the event.

 

Shihan Leung and International Shotokai Teen Members

 

Our teens did a great job at the tournament.

 

Sebastian Zielinski

 

Sebastian Zielinski did great for his very first tournament.

 

Ryu Watanabe

 

Ryu Watanabe is proud to win two medals.

 

Davina Saltos, Kayla Boggs, Marika Watanabe

 

Davina Saltos, Kayla Boggs and Marika Watanabe did great and they came home with more tournament experience.

 

Rebeca Rodriguez and Ashley Rivera

 

Rebeca Rodriguez and Ashley Rivera had a good time at the tournament.

 

Michael and Eric Vasquez competed in Kata and Kumite.

 

Michael and Eric Vasquez did great and won their divisions.

 

Shihan Leung and Jaqueline Soto

 

We are proud of Jaqueline Soto and her son Eric Soto for competing. They really enjoy Karate and it shows in their hard work at the dojo.

 

Kassandra Cruz and the Egyptian Kata Champions

 

Kassandra Cruz's excellent Superinpei Kata took her to the finals. She went up against two Egyptians and one AAU kata champion and did great in the finals.

 

Carlos Lora and Egyptian Kata Champion

 

Carlos Lora was runner up for the Grand Championships in Kumite. He did a great job represent our dojo and we are proud of him.

 

Tournament Officials and Champions

 

Elite Egyptian Sensei from the East coast were present and several members of the Egyptian National team competed. The Egyptian Team members added to the international presence of this tournament.

 

Shihan Leung with Sensei Mohssen Hassan and Team

 

Sensei Mohssen Hassan came from North Carolina. His students did an excellent demonstration of self defense for the opening ceremony. We learned a lot and look forward to next year's event.
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