USA Team Competes at 2015 7th World Kata Championship in Amsterdam

September 23, 2015


by Diane Tamai Jackson


Five US teams competed with over 100 teams from 30 countries at 2015 7th World Kata Championship in Amsterdam.  All but one member was returning team member for the World Championships.


The team included Karl Tamai and Diane Jackson (Nage no kata), Lisa Capriotti and Rob Gouthro (Kime no kata), Doug Newcomer and Jennifer Lindsey (Katame no kata), Jeff Guinta and Heiko Rommelmann (Go shin Jitsu), and Jeff Rooney and Blane Bellerud (Kime no kata).


Although an American team did not reach finals this year, all of the teams performed well. After the tournament, Kodokan hosted a two-day kata training camp. Kodokan brought several kata experts including Senseis Murata and Fujita. It gave the teams good insights and inspiration for improvements for next year.

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