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Novi Karate Kids And Adults Shine At International Competition

Release date: Thursday, August 10, 2017
Contact: Nathan Mueller, Communications Specialist 248-347-0431

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NOVI, Mich., August 10, 2017 – Family Self Defense Center of Novi continued its tradition of excellence by earning 21 competitive awards at the Isshinryu Hall of Fame Tournament on July 22. Fourteen students also earned Top Five International rankings at the event, with the school chosen as one of the Top Five Isshinryu dojos internationally for the 10th year.

Earning first place, International Champion titles were Elizabeth Arnold, Ian Kosaka and Shaelyn Carroll, all in the sparring division.

Second place:
Hand Kata: Noah Bayma, Jachin Chung, and Rachel Manella
Weapons: Noah Bayma
Sparring: Ameilia Chung, Jachin Chung, Lexi Maxton and James Takeshita

Third place:
Hand Kata: Ameilia Chung, Rowan Adomaitis, Elizabeth Arnold and Jim Bertin
Weapons: Rowan Adomaitis
Sparring: Austin Bermingham

Fourth place:
Hand Kata: Austin Bermingham and James Takeshita
Weapons: Lexi Maxton
Sparring: Rowan Adomaitis

Prior to IHOF tournament in June, FSDC students competed in the KIAI Grand Nationals and earned 41 awards. FSDC students earned 19 National Champion titles, with the coveted Jr. Black Belt Grand Championship won by FSDC’s own Ram Kiru.

For the past 10 years, FSDC, in partnership with the City of Novi Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, has taught classes in Isshinryu Karate for ages 5 and up, Okinawan Weaponry and special adult only classes are held on Monday and Tuesday evenings, and a class for home school students is held on Tuesday mornings. More information can be found by visiting or the City Of Novi website.

Isshinryu Hall of Fame Tournament in Tennessee
The Family Self Defense Center had a strong showing at the recent Isshinryu Hall of Fame Tournament in Tennessee.

Isshinryu Hall of Fame Tournament in Tennessee
Ladies of Family Self Defense Center led a segment of the “Ladies of Isshinryu” seminar at the Hall of Fame Tournament.