A Couple of Old Guys Beat the Young Guys

by Mark Cramer

On November 21, three members of the GKK competition team traveled to the Greater Cleveland area to compete in the USA Karate Federation Championships. The results are as follows:

Arpan Patel (8 year old male novice) Kata -- Silver, Kumite -- Bronze            
Yatri Patel (14 year old female beginner)Kata -- Gold, Kumite -- Gold
Mark Cramer (18 to 34 male advanced mandatory kata) Mandatory Kata -- Silver
     
John Barnes (a former GKK member) and I competed in the 18 to 34 year old division and beat all of the young guys to meet in the finals. John is in his 50s and I just turned 60. We both did Suparinpai, and John won on a close 3 to 2 split decision.

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