Students from Japan Shudokan Budo-Kai Karate School in King returned from their latest competition on Saturday, March 18 as they competed at the AAU Karate State Championships that was held in Charlotte, NC. The students that competed earned medals by bringing home several gold, silver and bronze.
“I am proud of my students who spend long hours training at the dojo and home preparing for these competitions,” Sensei Hewett said. “Just because we are a small dojo doesn’t mean we don’t produce some of the best karate has to offer.”
Nate Jones of Mount Airy competed in the 8-year-old novice division and won gold (State Champion) in Kobudo (Weapons) Kata, silver in Empty hand Kata, and silver in Kumite (Sparring).
Zeb Mathis of King competed in the 10-year-old intermediate division and won gold (State Champion) in Kobudo (Weapons) Kata, silver in Empty hand Kata, and silver in Kumite (Sparring). Mathis also holds titles from 2015 as the AAU National Karate Champion and AAU Jr. Olympic Champion.
Hewett, who hasn’t competed for several years, brought home a triple crown with three gold medals in Kobudo (Weapons) Kata, Empty hand Kata, and Kumite (Sparring), in the 36 and older Black Belt division. Hewett now has the distinction of holding all three state champion titles.
“Your students need to see that their Sensei can do what he teaches and set an example for what the students can strive for,” Hewett said. “Your students are an example of your ability to teach a winning spirit, but also if you do not win how to be graceful in your loss.”
“We learn from our losses and return to train harder in strengthening the areas we are weak in, so next time we can be even better than before,” exclaimed Hewett.
The AAU North Carolina Karate State Championships is a qualifying event for both the AAU Karate Nationals to be held in July in Raleigh, NC and the AAU Jr. Olympics to be held in Detroit, MI. The next AAU Qualifier will be the AAU Karate Super Regional Championships in May which the dojo will compete in as well.
In April Mathis will return to Las Vegas, NV to compete in the Ozawa Cup an International Karate Tournament that brings in the best competitors from over 35 nations.
Japan Shudokan Budo-Kai is the only National Karate Federation (NKF) and AAU Karate Training Facility in Stokes County. For more information, pictures and video check out their Facebook page or website at www.jskd.us.