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Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic

10th Annual Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic
Directed by Shihan Cedric Barksdale
Brooklyn, New York • June 2009

Shihan Cedric Barksdale hosted the 10th Annual Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic on Sunday June 14, 2009 at the Humboldt Street YMCA in Brooklyn. The Chief Referee for this event is Shihan Cleve Baxter the head of the USANKF Referee council. Most of the East Coast Referees from the USANKF were there.

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Destiny Vergara won Kumite and Kata

Destiny Vergara with Sensei Edwin Concepcion

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Shihan Kai Leung with Brian Ramrup, Outstanding Player

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Marika Watanabe perform Gankaku Kata

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Ryu and Marika Watanabe with their awards

Alfredo Villagran performing Heian Yondan

Alfredo Villagran with his awards

Shihan Kai Leung with Shotojuku Members

Shihan Cedric Barksdale with Master La Puppets wife and Sister

Shihan Cedric Barksdale with Master La Puppets wife and Sister award the Grand Championship Trophy to the Kata Champion from Canada.

We congratulate Shihan Cedric Barksdale for a successful event and looking forward to 2010!

9th Annual Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic
Directed by Shihan Cedric Barksdale
Corona, New York • June 2008

The 9th Annual Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic was held at the Louis Armstrong Activity Center in Corona Queens, New York. The tournament was a NYTKL sanction event.

Shihan Cedric Barksdale introducing the officials for the event

The event was directed by Shihan Cedric Barksdale a senior student of Master Thomas La Puppet. Shihan Cleveland Baxter was the Chief Referee. The event was held on one of the hottest days of the year. With the help of Shihan Baxter and all the officials, the tournaments finish on time. This year, the Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic award went to Shihan Errol Bennett of Bronx, NY.

Destiny Vergara (R) punching her way to a medal

Destiny Vergara won a gold medal in Kumite

Shihan Kai Leung with Destiny Vergara

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Jackie Soto place in both Kata and Kumite

Gabriel Marin
3rd place kumite

Matthew Soto with
Shidoin Edwin Concepcion

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Sebastian Acosta (R) place in Japanese Kata

Joey Castro (3rd L) Won the 2008 Kata Grand Championships

We congratulate Shihan Cedric Barksdale for a successful event and looking forward to next year’s event!


8th Annual Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic
Directed by Shihan Cedric Barksdale
Corona, New York • June 2007

Master Thomas La Puppet

We had a great time at the 8th Annual Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic. Many of the tri-State area’s top dojos attended this memorial event in honor of the late Master Thomas La Puppet.

Shihan Leung with the late Master Thomas LaPuppet and dancer/actor Gregory Hines
The event was directed by Shihan Cedric Barksdale and Shihan Cleve Baxter was the Chief Referee.
This year, the Thomas La Puppet Memorial Classic awards went to Shihan John McClary of Philadelphia, PA, and Sensei Dee Villanova of Brooklyn, NY.

Nine Shotojuku members competed and took home 12 medals plus the Kata Grand Championship Trophy, won by Sebastian Acosta. Our members included Sebastian Acosta, Tony Skuflic, Elvis Mujakic, Jacqueline Soto, Eric Soto, Raif Ekici, Yusuf Tuncer, Alfredo Villagran and Alan Levi.
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Sebastian Acosta (R) place in Japanese Kata

 

Tony Skufic winning medals in both Kata and Kumite

Shihan Leung (r) and Shihan Barksdale(L)
with Kata Grand Champion Sebastian Acosta

Shihan Leung with Jacqueline Soto winning a medal in Kumite

Shihan Leung with Raif Ekici winning medals in both Kata and Kumite

Shihan Leung and four senior instructors from the New York area got together earlier this year and founded the New York Traditional Karate League. We are going to start organizing and awarding points to athletes that compete in our traditional events in 2008.

Shihan Barksdale, Shihan Leung, Shihan Wiles, Shihan Baxter and Shihan Aschkar, NYTKL Founders

We congratulate Shihan Cedric Barksdale for a successful event and looking forward to next year’s event!