The 2010 PNW AAU Karate District Championships Results

March 30, 2010

The 2010 PNW AAU Karate District Championships were hosted by USA Karate, on March 27, at the old Edmonds/Woodway High School. USA Karate athletes earned 24 Gold, 26 Silver, and 17 Bronzed medals. USA Karate athletes Chris Hoy, Miguel Gomez, Annabelle Lisanti, and Leigh Gardner earned Outstanding Athlete Awards, the last three earning their first such awards. (Leigh’s inner glow actually cracked one of Linda Knapp’s camera lenses.) In addition, Emily Hie, Lauren Crane, Vera Max, and Ryan Hoy earned multiple gold medals. Ryan, still a junior athlete, entered his first 19 – 34 event and earned a bronze in kata. In an attempt to goad Jon Hie to move back to the mainland, Pete Maskiell took the gold in 35 & UP advanced kumite. Other USA Karate gold winners include Hugh Kline, Alyssa Korth, Maskiell the Younger (Gus), Andres Ruiz, Kemper Lee, Abby Knapp, and Ricardo Ruiz.

Full 2010 PNW AAu Karate District Results.

From my narrow perspective of Ring 2, the most interesting event was the 19 – 34 Male Advanced Kumite. Sensei Chris Hoy was back in training for just a few weeks. Chris had earned gold in weapons and in kata and was now facing longtime rival, Dan Nicholson, in the kumite finals. Dan, basketball-player tall, uses his long legs and amazing balance to score with side and roundhouse kicks to the head. Chris, not basketball-player tall, typically sprints backwards around the ring, picking up a couple of jogais (out-of-ring-warnings) along the way, until he counters with aggressive takedowns and lighting kicks. Except Chris was in no shape to sprint backwards or in any other direction. For two minutes, he mostly stood toe-to-toe with Dan, avoiding all but one of his long kicks, the one scoring a full point. Chris countered with a takedown and follow-up punch and with a solid roundhouse kick, both half-point scores, making it 1 – 1 at the two-minute mark. Unfortunately for Chris, this is the lone division where the kumite goes for three minutes, Dan scored with another kick and Chris was beat in both senses of the word. Regardless of his conditioning, Chris had a great tournament, Welcome back, Chris.

As it was spring break, lots of athletes and volunteers were absent. Help was short for refereeing, scoring, organizing, computer work, and first aid. As always, Coach Alan and Shihan Joni kept things moving smoothly — we finished way early at a little after 3pm. Donna worked both the computer and as a medic. Mike Knapp did both organizing volunteers and staging of the athletes. Emily worked as a judge, scorer, staging coordinator, squeezed in a dash home to feed her pets, and still managed to win two gold medals. Shihan Tony (and probably true for other refs) never took a break to eat. After a long absence from tournaments, Brad Swint showed to help with the judging, and (his mother) Suzi Swint returned to help with the scoring.

Linda Knapp has posted photos of the tournament. To view her photos, click the link, click Our Spring Tourn,, click Play Slideshow. If the slideshow doesn’t start, buy a new computer with a new browser, or view the photos by scrolling down.

If anyone wants to contribute a report of events from other rings, or correct my impressions, please do so in the comments.

Photos from Master Danny Lane’s Super Seminar

March 17, 2010

Leigh Gardner’s photos from Master Danny Lane’s Super Seminar are now on Flickr.

Leigh Gardener’s Dojo Remodel Photos on Flickr

March 17, 2010

Oops, this one got by me. Leigh Gardner’s Flickr series on the dojo remodel during the holiday season.

Linda Knapp’s USA Karate photos exhibit at Starbucks

March 3, 2010

Come see the exhibit of USA Karate photos (2005-2009) by Linda Knapp.

March through April 2010, at the Richmond Beach Starbucks.

Enjoy a cup of Starbucks coffee and the photos!


606 NW Richmond Beach Road, Shoreline.

Continue west on 185th Street, which turns into Richmond Beach Road, and when you see QFC and ACE Hardware on the right, Starbucks is right there.

Rome Tournament Photos

May 6, 2009

Leigh Gardner has posted 83 photos and two videos of the Rome Trip and tournament, on Flickr.

The two videos (part one and part two) are of Shihan’s kumite match. Especially interesting if you’ve never seen Shihan Joni spar in a tournament. Any clues about what the center ref was telling Shihan’s opponent, when he stopped the match (near the end of part one)?

A couple of unplanned events made the audience gasp: First, Shihan was attacked by a couple of young thugs. Of course, she dispatched them easily. Later, an athlete looks for revenge, after having his Gi jacket stolen by a bully with a stick.

Leigh took some great photos, and it’s a testament to her speed that she was able to dash in front of the lens on a couple of occasions. Here, Coach Alan gives instructions to young athletes.

It was Italy, but our team managed to stay dead serious at all times — except the brief moment when Katy saw a ghost.

Karate Over Coffee

February 12, 2009

Linda Knapp’s photo journal of USA Karate members in tournaments, and at the dojo.

Karate Over Coffee 2009

Karate Over Coffee 2007-8

Karate Over Coffee 2006

Karate Over Coffee 2005

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