On Sunday, March 18th in Newton, New Jersey, Team Wright out kicked, out punched, and out shouted their opponents to take home numerous first place titles at King’s Karate Tournament.
Our newest Rising White Belt Karate Stars were Nico Sampson (Wright’s nephew) and Mr. John Daniel (white belt) who both took first place in their kumite Novice Divisions. John Daniel came short of winning the “Grand Championship” after beating the Yellow Belt Champ, Green Belt Champ, Brown Belt Champ, and another Brown Belt for a close match for the final Grand Championship. John and Nico represented Team Wright as a strong dominating force for the “Bayonne Warriors,” says Head Coach and Trainer Hanshi Grandmaster Austin Wright Sr. In addition, Kenneth Jackson Jr.—black belt—was the 2017 Defending Division Grand Champion. He became Runner Up this year. He lost a close match 5-4 for the 2018 Grand Championship. Sensei Jackson also placed 2nd in Kata.
Other Karate Stars:
Effrain Rivas– Yellow Belt 1st Place Kumite
Novice Division, Declan McCormick- 1st Place Kata, 2nd Place Weapons and 3rd Place Sparring
Angel Cuatlayol– 1st Place in Kata and 4th in Sparring
Chloe Rivas- 2nd Place in Kata
Rishi Anand- 1st Place in Brown Belt Kids Division and 1st Kata Division
Michael Barrantes– 1st Place Green Belt Division
Coaches who attended were Kenneth Jackson Sr. and UWA International Director Grand Master Hanshi Austin Wright Sr. who is also a World Champion and former USAF Instructor. For more information on Championship Training, call (201)437-1820 or check out our website www.karatenjmma.com.
On October 14th 2017, Bayonne’s Team Wright received recognition awards as Isshyn-Ryu World Hanshis. Dennis and Austin Wright Sr. were inducted into A.O.K.A., Inc. Isshin-Ryu Karate Hall of Fame for their years of dedication, loyalty, championship winnings. The Wrights are three Generations of Isshin-Ryu Karate Students who are NJ Strong, with three locations in Bayonne and Jersey City, New Jersey!
Top Rated Instructors and Competitors that received Recognition Awards were: Kenneth Jackson Sr., Outstanding Sensei, Outstanding Isshin-Ryu Warrior Competitor, Kenneth Jackson Jr., and Junior Competitor of the year is Samir O’Neill. All competitors have won numerous1st places in Various Isshin-Ryu Sanctioned Tournaments Kumite, Kata, and Weapons over the last decade. Dennis and Austin Wright Sr. are few of Isshin-Ryu Karate’s best! International World Champions, in Kickboxing, Karate, and Jujitsu and Self Defense. Dennis and Austin Wright were both given the one of the highest recognitions Inductions known as the “Guardians of Isshin-Ryu.”
All students train under the direct supervision of Grand Masters (Hanshi) Austin Wright Sr., who is an original A.O.K.A. member. Austin is the Highest Ranking School Owner of Isshin-Ryu Karate 8th Dan in Bayonne, NJ. Mr. Austin Wright holds a 9th Dan Grade in Judo.-Jujitsu Combative Arts and a Soke-Dai Rank 10th Dan in Universal Warrior Martial Arts.
In this years O.I.K.K.A World Karate Championship once again, York Watson-Byrd dominated the Kumite Division and Won the Black Belt World Isshin Ryu Fighting Division. He placed 2nd in Forms and 2nd in Weapons. In the Advanced 2, 4th and 5th Division, Kenneth Jackson II clinched 3rd in Kumite coming back to win against several formidable opponents.
Newcomer Nicholas Brea, 16 year old White Belt took 1st in the Adult 18-40 Division, beating an Orange Belt to win the Adult Novice Division While fellow newcomer Michael Townes, yellow belt, placed 3rd in the same division and 2nd in forms.
In the female 18-34 year old Division, Brown Belt Adama Wiggan, Age 32 placed 2nd in Kumite and 2nd in Kata with an outstanding performance. Ciara Castillo won 2nd in Kumite, and Samir O’Neill also took home 2nd in Kumite.
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