Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic

10th Annual Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic

Directed by Shihan Cedric Barksdale
Brooklyn, New York • June 2009

 

Shihan Cedric Barksdale hosted the 10th Annual Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic on Sunday June 14, 2009 at the Humboldt Street YMCA in Brooklyn. The Chief Referee for this event is Shihan Cleve Baxter the head of the USANKF Referee council. Most of the East Coast Referees from the USANKF were there.

 

Destiny Vergara won Kumite and Kata

 

Destiny Vergara with Sensei Edwin Concepcion

 

Ryu Watanabe perform Enpi Kata

 

Marika Watanabe perform Gankaku Kata

 

Ryu and Marika Watanabe with their awards

 

Alfredo Villagran performing Heian Yondan

 

Alfredo Villagran with his awards

 

Shihan Kai Leung with Shotojuku Members

 

Shihan Cedric Barksdale with Master La Puppets wife and Sister award the Grand Championship Trophy to the Kata Champion from Canada.

 

We congratulate Shihan Cedric Barksdale for a successful event and looking forward to 2010!

 





 



9th Annual Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic

Directed by Shihan Cedric Barksdale
Corona, New York • June 2008

 

The 9th Annual Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic was held at the Louis Armstrong Activity Center in Corona Queens, New York. The tournament was a NYTKL sanction event.

 

Shihan Cedric Barksdale introducing the officials for the event

 

The event was directed by Shihan Cedric Barksdale a senior student of Master Thomas La Puppet. Shihan Cleveland Baxter was the Chief Referee. The event was held on one of the hottest days of the year. With the help of Shihan Baxter and all the officials, the tournaments finish on time. This year, the Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic award went to Shihan Errol Bennett of Bronx, NY.

 

Destiny Vergara (R) punching her way to a medal

 

Destiny Vergara won a gold medal in Kumite

 

Shihan Kai Leung with Destiny Vergara

 

Matthew Soto with
Shidoin Edwin Concepcion

Gabriel Marin
3rd place kumite

 

Jackie Soto place in both Kata and Kumite

 

Sebastian Acosta (R) place in Japanese Kata

 

Joey Castro (3rd L) Won the 2008 Kata Grand Championships

 

We congratulate Shihan Cedric Barksdale for a successful event and looking forward to next year's event!

 





 



8th Annual Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic

Directed by Shihan Cedric Barksdale
Corona, New York • June 2007

 

We had a great time at the 8th Annual Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic. Many of the tri-State area's top dojos attended this memorial event in honor of the late Master Thomas La Puppet.

 

Master Thomas La Puppet

 

Shihan Leung with the late Master Thomas LaPuppet and dancer/actor Gregory Hines

 

The event was directed by Shihan Cedric Barksdale and Shihan Cleve Baxter was the Chief Referee.
This year, the Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic awards went to Shihan John McClary of Philadelphia, PA, and Sensei Dee Villanova of Brooklyn, NY.

Nine Shotojuku members competed and took home 12 medals plus the Kata Grand Championship Trophy, won by Sebastian Acosta. Our members included Sebastian Acosta, Tony Skuflic, Elvis Mujakic, Jacqueline Soto, Eric Soto, Raif Ekici, Yusuf Tuncer, Alfredo Villagran and Alan Levi.
Shihan Leung and Mr. Michael Soto helped out in the judging.

 

Shihan Leung (r) and Shihan Barksdale(L)
with Kata Grand Champion Sebastian Acosta

 

Shihan Leung, Sebastian Acosta, Alfredo Villagran, Jacqueline Soto, Michael Soto and (C) Eric Soto

 

Tony Skufic winning medals in both Kata and Kumite

 

Shihan Leung with Jacqueline Soto winning a medal in Kumite

 

Shihan Leung with Raif Ekici winning medals in both Kata and Kumite

 

Shihan Leung and four senior instructors from the New York area got together earlier this year and founded the New York Traditional Karate League. We are going to start organizing and awarding points to athletes that compete in our traditional events in 2008.

 

Shihan Barksdale, Shihan Leung, Shihan Wiles, Shihan Baxter and Shihan Aschkar, NYTKL Founders

 

We congratulate Shihan Cedric Barksdale for a successful event and looking forward to next year's event!