Karate body honours members
The?Barbados Karate Association (BKA)?has formally marked its 40th Anniversary with its annual dinner and awards ceremony.
The president of the International Karate Daigaku and one of the association’s founding members, David Clarke, delivered the feature address at the function at Queen’s College recently. The actual anniversary milestone was reached in 2012.
Clarke expressed his pride that the younger members are carrying on the tradition of excellence by winning gold at a tournament in Canada last year, noting that a team of which he was a member, narrowly missed the gold when they took part some years ago.
A number of students received special awards, including Cameron King, who was adjudged to be the most outstanding karateka at national and international level. King has won the individual kumite at Caribbean, Pan American and World Championship levels. He has been a leading member of the Barbados team for almost ten years before moving out of the adult category and into the senior category which he dominated in his first year.
The BKA has been led by Paul Bernstein for the past 28 years.
More than 20 black belts were recognized for their service of 25 years and over.
During the evening, the Queen’s College Karate Club and the Barbados Shotokan Karate Club also presented awards to their club members. (PR/EZS)