Special to the Tribune
Top left to right- Kyoshi James Morris, Shihan Alex Morris-Forms 3rd, Kumite 1st, Weapons 3rd, Chanbara 2nd, Ippon Kumite 3rd, Team Kata 2nd, Andrew Rojas- Kumite 2nd, Koshiki 3rd, Chanbara 1st, Morgan Lee-Kata 3rd, Kumite 1st, Chanbara 1st, Ippon Kumite 1st, Jake Duchesne- Kata 2nd, Kumite 2nd, Weapons 2nd, Koshiki 3rd, Chanbara 2nd, Ippon Kumite 3rd Team Kumite 2nd, Chelsea Stewart- Kata 1st,Kumite 2nd, Weapons 1st, Chanbara 1st, James Nagle-Kata 2nd, Chanbara 1st, Team Kumite 2nd, Mackenzie Donovan-Kumite 2nd, Weapons 4th, Koshiki 2nd, Chanbara 2nd, Ippon Kumite 1st, Collin Kibard-Kumite 2nd, koshiki 2nd, Chanbara 3rd, Dani Hamilton- Kata 4th, Kumite 4th, Koshiki 1st, Chanbara 3rd, Ippon 4th, Team Kumite 2nd, Renshi Lori Morris-Kumite 3rd, Chanbara 1st, Ippon Kumite 2nd, Lower rows left to right- Cheyenne Pehl-Team Kumite 1st, Mason Preston-Koshiki 1st, Chanbara 2nd, Ippon Kumite 3rd, Fisher Plucinsky-Koshiki 4th, Chanbara 2nd, Ippon Kumite 4th, Team Kata 4th, Keenan Morris-Chanbara 2nd, Celestino Pimental- Kumite 1st, Koshiki 3rd, Chanbara 1st, Reyanna Hood- Kata 2nd, Kumite 2nd, Koshiki 1st, Chanbara 1st, Ippon Kumite 1st, Robert Hood- Kata Grand Champion, Kata 1st, Kumite 3rd, Koshiki 1st, Chanbara 2nd, Ippon Kumite 1st, Team Kumite 4th, Dylan Donovan-Weapons 4th, Koshiki 1st, Ippon Kumite 3rd, Team Kata 4th, Makenzee Morris- Kata 4th, Ceilie Plucinsky-Kata 1st, Kumite 1st, Koshiki 2nd, Chanbara 2nd, Ippon Kumite 3rd, Team Kata Youth 4th, Team Kata Black Belt 2nd, Konner Nagle- Kata 3rd, Kumite 4th, Ippon Kumite 4th, Team Kumite 4th, Not pictured: Tye Garcia- Kumite 4th, Koshiki 1st, Chanbara 3rd, Ippon Kumite 2nd, Team Kumite 2nd, Memphis James- Honorable Mention.
Shinpu-Ren students and instructors returned to Prescott Valley with 89 Top Four National Positions. There were a total of 27 National Fist Place Titles and 27 second place titles won. Attending the USKA National Championships in Las Vegas Nevada were 21 students and 2 instructors.
The tournament was at the LVH Convention Center March 28-30. The youngest competitor was 5-year-old Konner Nagle, one of SPRFK's Mighty Mights, who placed in all four of the events he entered.
Also of special mention was Grand Champion winner Robert Hood who defeated all first place winners in all youth competitor divisions.
Three of the students Triple Crowned, taking a National Champion Title three times: Reyanna Hood, Ceilie Plucinsky and Chelsea Stewart.
All of the students that competed did exceptionally well and have made the instructors very proud of their effort and commitment to their training and sportsmanship.
The National Championships are by invitation only to those competitors that have placed in the top four nationally and at a state or regional level during the current annual point season.
Students and parents worked hard this year to fine tune skills and also in fundraising to make sure everyone who qualified could attend.
The annual Kick-a-Thon held at Freedom Station raised enough to donate $1,000 to a local family struggling with cancer. Shinpu-Ren students consistently work at upholding the Bushido code of Justice, Bravery, Benevolence, Politeness, Veracity, Honor and Loyalty in their training, their everyday lives and dedication to the community.