Students take home gold and silver at 2017 Kume International Karate Championship

04.07.2017 | By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College kickboxing students Gianni Brooks-Davis and Tyler Leftwich recently captured gold and silver at the 2017 Kume International Karate Championship.

Leftwich won gold in men’s beginner kumite (sparring), and Brooks-Davis won silver in women’s beginner kumite. Tournament participants represented karate schools from 10 countries.

It was Brooks-Davis’ first time competing in a karate competition. The welding student said she was compelled to compete after taking a break from martial arts since childhood.

“I really surprised myself,” said Brooks-Davis. “At first I wasn’t sure I’d compete but Sensei Deddy encouraged me to try. This has made my first year of college very fun. I used to have problems sleeping, but after signing up for kickboxing, I feel great and now I have a medal to show for it.”

The karate tournament was sanctioned by the USA National Karate-do Federation (USA-NKF), which also donated to the San Jacinto College martial arts scholarship. One student, who enrolls in a San Jacinto College physical education course, is chosen to receive a $500 scholarship per semester.

“We congratulate our students for their participation in this international karate tournament,” said Sandi Morgan, San Jacinto College physical education department chair. “This was certainly a memorable college experience for them.”

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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