Karate student cruises to provincial gold

Members of the Taneda Karate Dojo take home 33 medals from provincials

Members of the Taneda Karate Dojo put on a show at the B.C. provincial karate championships at the Richmond Olympic Oval May 31-June 1, picking up 33 medals, including nine gold.

Will Wright won two of those gold medals in the kumite divisions.

“It was fun,” said Wright, who gave up just two points in the tournament against one opponent in the senior division. “I fought pretty well. I beat everyone in both divisions by a spread of eight (automatic wins).”

Wright, who is competing in the Junior Pan Am Games in Peru at the end of August, said the championship wasn’t overly competitive, but it still gave him an idea of where his training is and what he did well.

Other club results included Jodi Bartier bringing home a gold medal in kata and bronze in kumite. Taylor Hunter also brought home a bronze in kumite.

Taneda karate students are from Penticton, Summerland, West Kelowna and Kelowna. The 33 medals by the club included two silver and 12 bronze medals.

“I think we did really well. We have a lot of good up-and-comers,” said Wright.