Karate students impress at nationals
Mike Ditson is proud of his karate students, Will Wright and Jackson Tribe.
Wright of Twin Lakes and Tribe of Penticton are members of Taneda Karate Dojo who performed extremely well in the Karate Canada National Championships held in Richmond Jan.17-19.
After finishing in the top five last year, Wright earned a silver medal in the under-21 division against Nova Scotia’s Ryan Oneil. Wright also placed fifth in the men’s division.
Wright was really happy about what he accomplished.
“Being able to compete (in the men’s) division the day before really let me take in the atmosphere, kind of the mood of the tournament,” he said, adding it helped him perform the next day.
“He beat two spectacular athletes back-to-back,” said Ditson of Wright. “I don’t know if anybody has beaten those two people in the same tournament before. It was pretty spectacular wins, too. Will was a highlight for B.C.”
Ditson credits Wright’s dedication to training for his success. He’s shown a lot of improvement, but has also changed his training methods.
“He was able to do some of the things that he’s very good at and he dominated some of his opponents,” said Ditson, also a member of the Team B.C. coaching staff and junior national teams coach.
Wright, who believes the experience will help him in the future, said his final match with Oneil was tough but added he felt he did a pretty good job.
“The guy was just really good,” he said. “The first 30 seconds to a minute I felt like I was really controlling the match. Then things started going in his favour.”
Tribe, a defending kumite division champ, finished fourth after winning two of his four matches. His results were still good enough to qualify him for the junior national team.
While Tribe was unsuccessful in defending his kumite title, Ditson said he was in one of the toughest divisions in the country.
“He is still very spectacular in what he did,” said Ditson. “I think a top four finish for him, although I know he probably expected a little bit higher, but after looking at the division afterwards, it was still a very good finish to be in the top four.”