THE LEGENDARY BATTLE OF ATLANTA WORLD KARATE CHAMPIONSHIP.
Four students of Karate International of Durham Martial Arts Competition Team together with their coach, Grand Master Jessie Bowen, recently returned from the World Karate Championship Tournament in Atlanta Georgia with (6) 1st place awards, and (2) 3rd place awards in tow. The Battle of Atlanta tournament is one of the most prestigious events in the country and has been held for 42 years.
This year the tournament boasted competitors from around the world. The competition took place on June 20-21 in Atlanta Georgia and attracted over 1000 competitors.
The Karate International Team participated in three different categories: Kumite (point fighting) and Kata (forms). The students have been attending intense training sessions in addition to weekly karate lessons for the last three months.
Members of the local tournament team include: Jeff Koweek - brown belt, won three 1st place trophies. They were in forms, weapon forms and kumite. His son, Jason Koweek, who is 12 won third in the Kumite brown belt division. Adaire Thaxton won 1st place in the
women's forms and kumite division. Donovan Polk won 1st place in forms, 2nd in weapons forms in the 16-17 boys division. Noah won 3rd place in the boys 12-13 boy's kumite.
"Our competition team has worked really hard over the last 3
months, and we've made great progress in preparing for the next level of competition," said Grand Master Jessie Bowen, who is a 10th degree black belt , former World Cup Karate Champion and former coach for Duke University's Collegiate Taekwondo Team.
“We are very appreciative of the support, as well as the
commitment of our parents to provide their children with this
new experience,” he added. “We are always enthusiastic and eager to represent North Carolina and Karate International of Durham Martial Arts Academy of Durham, NC.”
The Karate International of Durham Martial Arts Academy, located at 5324 New Hope Commons Dr. in Durham, NC, is focused on building character, respect for authority, and inner discipline in a safe and cooperative learning environment.
The Academy offers affordable and convenient weekly classes for children, adults, seniors and advanced students. Self defense and summer camp programs are also available.
Founder, and owner,Grandmaster Jessie Bowen has over 40 years of experience and earned Master rank under world renowned Grandmaster Jan Wellendorf. To learn more, visit www.kidurham.info or call 919-489-6100.