Martial artists Jadon Yetter and Luis Rosa earned medals at the 2012 USA Karate Nationals in Fort Lauderdale on July 15.
Now the two grade school combatants will represent the United States at the Shito Kai Karate Do Pan American Championships in Gatineau, Canada, next week.
The 6-year-old Yetter and the 8-year-old Rosa are students at the Okinawa's Karate Do Learning Center in North Naples. The duo will be joined in Canada by fellow pupil Jonathan Cuchi.
Yetter, who will be a first-grader at Corkscrew Elementary in the fall, won the gold medal in the male beginner kata for his age group. Rosa, whose father Sensei Julio Rosa is Okinawa's owner and teacher, earned a bronze medal in the male advanced kumite category in his age group.
"The nationals de karate 2012 ends with all the sacrifice and the delivery of many competitors and also many parents who feel this sport as the best option for the present and future development of their children," wrote Sensei Rosa on Okinawa's website. "For many, the effort was rewarded with recognition and delivery of one medal. For others who had no chance to taste victory also won. Often, losing earns experience because one of the errors is that we learn."
For Yetter, the youngster had to make an important choice regarding his burgeoning athletic career. His father, Jason, gave his son two choices — either baseball or karate. Jadon chose the dojo.
"He's fired up for Canada," his father said. "Jadon eats, sleeps and drinks karate. He's been doing it for over a year."
The group will leave for Canada on Tuesday. Since they are driving it will be a long trip. Regardless, Sensei Rosa feels his students are ready.
"We pursue the discipline of respect," he said. "If you're not focused, if you're not disciplined, you can't do karate. I'm very proud of our students. They are doing a great job. My job is reflected in their success."
Sensei Rosa said the Okinawa's Learning Center karate program promotes physical development, stamina and coordination. It also provides a fun, social and high-energy balance to academic work.
"Our program stresses personal discipline, taking responsibility and setting goals — skills that carry us through life," he said. "We also promote self-confidence and self-respect, which give your child the courage to say 'No,' in the face of peer pressure."
FBU names local players to all-star teams: On Saturday at Community School, Football University held tryouts for incoming sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders for Southwest Florida all-star teams that will compete in a 64-team national tournament that will begin play Thanksgiving weekend.
Eight area players were able to earn roster spots on the FBU teams. Tristan Perry, Tirone Jordan, Demarcus Townsend, E'Quan Dorris, Kaden Frost, Rich Gibson, Tristan Sonthanax, and Reggie Pierre will all suit up for SWFL teams in the FBU tournament. The players represent various area leagues such as the Naples Hurricane, Naples Gators and Fort Myers Firecats.
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