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November 11, 2010

WKA US NATIONAL TEAM SHINES AT THE WKA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND!

Though the US Team enjoyed mild weather and a Spanish beach last year at Worlds, the 2010 team, despite the drizzling and chilly weather, enjoyed the historic and beautiful city of Edinburgh. After the full team, coming from all over the country, arrived on Saturday and got registered and weighed in, everyone had a good meal and returned to the Marriott for some rest and recuperation. On Sunday, WKA USA Representative and World Ring Sports Vice President Brian Crenshaw, along with WKA Official Lindsey MacMhaolain, attended seminars and meetings, leading the MMA section of the referees' seminar. That evening, the team, dressed in their Fighters' Inc sponsorship warm-ups, marched up to Edinburgh Castle for the World Championships opening ceremony. All national teams, carrying their flags and wearing their colors, marched out of the castle to a massed pipe band in full kilt regalia. No one could have failed to be impressed by this sight--it was a truly breathtaking and momentous moment!

On Monday, the competition began. Nearly two thousand competitors from about sixty countries filled the Meadowbank Sports Centre, along with coaches, teammates, friends, and family. Officials had their work cut out for them with non-stop action on the mats and in the ring from morning until evening. Most competitors had multiple bouts to work their way to the top, and US team members gave it their all.

This year's team consisted of fighters in the Thai Boxing, MMA, and Original WKA Rules (K-1) divisions. Notable, first, was the size of the team--double that of the 2009 team Head Coach Brian Crenshaw took to Spain. In addition, the 2010 team was exceptional in that it included junior fighters in the Teenagers' (12-14) and Kadets (15-17) divisions and an unprecedented number of women fighters.

Here's the most exceptional thing about this year's team: EVERY TEAM MEMBER BROUGHT HOME A MEDAL! Team WKA USA had seven golds, nine silvers, and six bronze medals from the toughest, highest-level amateur competition in the world. We cannot truly express how proud we are of the dedication, heart, and performance of the following champions:

  • Peeloshmee Deonarain (Sitan, NY): Original WKA, -50 kg. GOLD

  • Laurel Holloway (Sitan, NY): Original WKA, -60 kg. GOLD

  • Jordan Decker (Sitan, AZ): Original WKA, Kadets, -70 kg. GOLD

  • Dwight Grant (Anderson's Martial Arts, NY): MMA, -85 kg. GOLD

  • Ryan Peterson (New York Top Team, NY): MMA, -75 kg. GOLD

  • Cory Robison (Tennessee BJJ Academy, TN): MMA, -60 kg. GOLD

  • Beatrice Branson (Lloyd Irvin, MD): Original WKA, -55 kg. GOLD

  • Rosanna Garcia (Evolve Academy, MD): Original WKA, -60 kg. SILVER

  • Ani Hilditch (Team Combat, VA): Original WKA, -50 kg. SILVER

  • Heather Maguire (Church Street Boxing Gym, NY): Original WKA, -55 kg. SILVER

  • John Nofer (Sitan, PA): Original WKA, Kadets, -65 kg. SILVER

  • Christopher Sanchez (Lion's Gym, NY): Original WKA, Teenagers, -60 kg. SILVER

  • Michael Macauley (Daddis Fight Club, PA): MMA, -60 kg. SILVER

  • Aleksandr Melts (Lion's Gym, NY): Thai Boxing, -70 kg. SILVER

  • Andrew Moy (Gym 445, CA): Thai Boxing, -60 kg. SILVER

  • Radu Spinghel (Borodin's Gym, NY): Thai Boxing, +90 kg. SILVER

  • Melissa Carlton (Hybrid Academy, VA): Original WKA, -65 kg. BRONZE

  • Vahe Sahakyan (Lion's Gym, NY): Original WKA, Kadets, +85 kg. BRONZE

  • Simon Camaj (Church Street Boxing Gym, NY): Thai Boxing, +90 kg. BRONZE

  • Alex Robb (Ground Control, MD): Thai Boxing, -85 kg. BRONZE

  • Chase Walden (Hybrid Academy, VA): Thai Boxing, -75 kg. BRONZE

  • Paul Yohn (Ground Control, MD): Thai Boxing, -75 kg. BRONZE

Though this year's team was our largest ever, we anticipate an even larger team last year, as the qualifier for the World Championships (the 2011 WKA North American Combat Sports Championships, February 18-20, Hampton, VA), as well as the 2011 WKA World Championships, will feature Gi and No Gi Submission Grappling.

To learn more about the US Team's performance, stay tuned into the website!



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