13 State Titles and 3 World Title Competitors!

Blog tournament 13 State Titles and 3 World Title Competitors!In our Tampa, Florida location, our student population is approximately half Adult Students, and half Karate Kids, and we also have a near perfect balance between men and women.  Adults begin training at Kowkabany’s Family Martial Arts for many reasons, but most are seeking fitness goals and/or to learn self defense skills; most children begin their training to learn confidence and self-discipline, and like adults, age-appropriate self defense. However, one aspect that frequently doesn’t cross a beginner’s mind is the competitive (sport) side of the martial arts, which is an avenue available to all of our students regardless of their rank and age. During this past tournament season, 2012-2013, we have had many of our students competing at the Regional and National levels, and the final points for the current year show that Team Kowkabany earned a total of thirteen State Titles! In addition to these titles, we have Three of our Black Belts who have qualified to compete for World Champion Titles at the ATA/WTTU/STF World Championships in July, and they will have the chance to earn up to five world titles. In the past, our school has won World Titles in Sparring, Traditional Forms, and Traditional Weapons. Here is a list of our Martial Arts students who have earned State Titles during this current tournament year: Matt Kloskowski – Traditional Forms, Weapons, Sparring, Combat Weapons Sparring   Mitchell Coto – Traditional Forms, Sparring, Combat Weapons Sparring   Jeni Chaney – Traditional Forms, Weapons, Sparring   Nancy Moreira Coto – Sparring, Combat Weapons   Alisha Coto – Sparring   The following Team Kowkabany competitors will be competing for the Title of World Champion in July:

Lena Coto – Ranked #4 in World in Sparring
Matt Kloskowski – Ranked #2 in Sparring, #10 in Traditional Forms
Mitchell Coto – Ranked #7 in Combat Weapons Sparring, # 9 in Traditional Forms

Congratulations to all of the members of Team Kowkabany who competed this year! In looking back over your past year of challenges, defeats, and victories, we offer this quote from Theodore Roosevelt’s speech given at the Sorbonne, in Paris (April 1910).   “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

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