Canton YMCA karate students compete at national championships

TOWNSHIP — Christopher Roderick is one of the instructors who teaches Kempo (karate) in Canton through the YMCA.

They are entirely a non-profit group.

The main instructor is Professor Great Grand Master Fife (Fife also serves as the park police chief in Canton)

Recently, they were invited to participate in the annual national karate tournament held in Springfield, Missouri, hosted by the National College of Martial Arts.

According to Roderick, they were able to send five members to the national championships this year, which took place on June 20, and they were all very successful in representing not only the Canton school district but the Canton YMCA as well.

The ages of the participants ranged from 12 to 24 years; four children and one adult.

“They were the team. A lot of hard work has been put into this tournament by the kids, ”said Roderick.

Among the participants was Elizabeth Roderick, a green belt. She finished first in Kata (which means forms); first in weapon kata and second in sparring in his division. She then won the Grand Champion on all media.

Jorden Prescher, a blue belt finished first in Kata; first to arm Kata in his division and moved on to the Grand Champion Bracket.

Evalynn Roderick, purple belt, finished second in Weapons Kata and third in Kata in her division.

Ryan Fontana, a brown belt, was second in Kata; second in Kata Weapons and third in sparring in his division.

Roderick, a black belt, also participated. He finished first in black belt sparring in his division and moved up to the Grand Champion category by finishing third out of 18 black belts.

All Black Belt instructors donate their time to the Canton Family YMCA to teach young belts.

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