2014 Funakoshi World Karate Cup

A great turn out! Thank you to everyone that supported our very own JKA NorCal (US team members) who participated in the recent Funakoshi World Karate Cup held in Tokyo, Japan. This is a world tournament that is held every 3 years – hosted in Japan this year. 53 countries participated with estimated numbers of more than 1200 world-class competitors.

JKA NorCal representatives in the USA team (from left): Zuri Yip, Sensei Christina Foo (coach), Sensei Khim Torres, Phillip Hu, Ciara Stuhler
JKA NorCal representatives in the USA team (from left):
Zuri Yip, Sensei Christina Foo (coach), Sensei Khim Torres, Phillip Hu, Ciara Stuhler

Our JKA NorCal team performed very well when considering most are first-time competitors in a world level tournament. The team was headed and coached by Sensei Christina Foo (5th degree black belt), who is an experienced, world-class karate-ka herself.

USA Team and coaches
USA Team and coaches

Here are some pictures of the USA team Kata:

USA Team Kata

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Sensei Khim Kumite
Sensei Khim team kumite match.

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Our team fought hard and everyone had a great time in Japan – making new friends from different countries and sharing experiences and cultures. These were memories to last a lifetime for our young team.

Tournament Results:

  1. Philip Hu – placed 6th in kata, boys 9 yrs old
  2. Ciara Stuhler – competed in kata & kumite, girls 12-13 yrs old
  3. Zuri Yip – placed 6th in kata, female 16-18 yrs old
  4. Rosh Torres – tied to 4th/5th place in kata, male 16-18 yrs old
  5. Sensei Khim Torres – placed 6th in men’s team kata with team mates from Chicago (IL) & Miami (FL)

Once again, thank you all for your kind help and support. We are already setting our sights for the team to work hard towards preparing for the next world championship!

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