The Amerikick International tournament posted it’s highest competitor count ever! But that didn’t stop the martial arts kids from Amerikick Warrington from scoring big this weekend. They came home with plenty of wins, a ton of trophies, and lots of smiles.
It was an amazing weekend and an amazing showing at the 20th annual Amerikick Internationals. Over 1,000 competitors from all over the United States, Canada and Europe traveled to Philadelphia to compete at the NASKA World Rated AMERIKICK International Karate Championships.
Min and Jin Lee 5 first places
Friday began with the super exciting continuous sparring divisions. Both junior and adults competitors went to battle in this event. Then all the weapons divisions began. Super performances from the top competitors could be seen in many rings. You never saw a weapon move so fast! The colorbelt rings also show cased lots of amateur talent. Logan Kulick of Warrington won 2 first places! From the young white belts to the older and more experienced brown belts and red belts, the extreme weapons and musical divisions were amazing to watch.
The highlights of Friday night are always the Demo Team divisions. Every Amerikick school enters a team to hopefully earn bragging rights and the title of Demo Team Champion. This year saw over 25 teams enter. There was tough competition to say the least. Stand out performances were made by the 1st place winner of the Dragons, Team Eggharbor Township.
Amerikick Warrington put on a spectacular performance in the colorbelt division. Thanks to Jimmy Sholly, Hailey Metzgar, Grace Newell, Mckenzie McCarty, Alex Ursino, Aiden Heiser and Ian Sharp, all led by the super energy of Micheal Errichetti.
The Warrington black belt team put on a great performances. Emily Cid, Isablla Manzella, Anthony Fonterossa, Blake Feingold, Kain Johnson, Tommy Balkir and, Ben Wenzke. Made us proud!
Tommy took home 1st place in Amerikick Forms, 1st in Amerikick Weapons, 2nd in Amerikick Sparring, 2nd in NASKA Weapons, 3rd in NASKA Forms, and 3rd in NASKA Sparring!!
Saturday’s began with weapons in the colorbelt rings and the NASKA black belt divisions. It was great to see many Amerikick black belts enter the NASKA rated divisions. Warrington black belt Emily Cid along with Isabella Manzella, Katy and Nick Nichini, Ben Wenzke, and Tommy Balkir all were winners in the highly competitive divisions.
Emily Cid and Tommy Balkir : Tommy Balkir took home 1st place in Amerikick Forms, 1st in Amerikick Weapons, 2nd in Amerikick Sparring, 2nd in NASKA Weapons, 3rd in NASKA Forms, and 3rd in NASKA Sparring!!
The colorbelt rings had an over whelming number of competi-tors. There were divisions with over 40 competitors that were separated four times! This showed the great excitement and support for the events. Christina Fonterosa took a first place crushing the competition with a beautifully executed Koreyo form.
Christina Fonterosa 1st place sparring and Kata | Anthony Fonterosa first place kata
RYAN PINTO 1st Place Kata. A perfectly executed form. Way to go ryan!
The adult sparring divisons were amazing with Amerikick World Team member Alana Wegfahrt, from Warrington, winning first place in the womens light weight divison as well leading the womens fighting team to victory. Sensei Kevin, Sensei Eric and Sensei Dennis all rocked in their fighting divisions. You make us proud! Great Job Everyone!
ALANA Wegfarht 1st place womens lightweight sparring