NJ’s Austin Wright Sr. receives 8th Dan in Isshin-Ryu Karate as Team U.W.A. Martial Arts Triumphs at A.O.K.A. World Tournament.
On September 20th 2014 at Marist High School in Bayonne, N.J., one of Isshin-Ryu Karate’s International World Champion and Educator Austin Wright Sr. received his 8th Degree Black Belt from his Sensei, Hanshi (Grand Master) Dennis A. Wright.(9th Dan) and The President of A.O.K.A. (American Okinawan Isshin-Ryu Karate Association) Ralph Passero (9th Dan).
This is a huge accomplishment, and I know I speak for everyone in the UWA Family, as well as all of our supporters when I say that we are extremely proud of how far these guys have come. It takes hard work, dedication, passion, and of course the companionship of our fellow warriors. It is no small feat to reach Black Belt, let alone go beyond. But as we say at our Academy, “A Black Belt is a White Belt Who Never Quit”, and these kids and gentlemen are proof of that. No matter how tough the obstacles, they fought on (literally) and kept their goals in mind. Keep it up, guys. You are truly inspirational says Lindsay Post, U.W.A. Brown Belt.
Big News, UWA Family! Our Team did a terrific job at the A.O.K.A. Tournament that was held at Marist High School on Saturday, September 20th.
Chance Fischer & Angel Rodriguez took 1st Place in the Green Belt Division.
Julion Giron took 1st in Sparring Novice Division.
Tony Harvin, Fast Hands, took 1st in the Green Belt Division.
Jamal Bernard took 2nd in the Brown Belt Division, and Alex Mammas took 3rd Place, same division!
York Watson got 2nd Place in Weapons, Black Belt Division.
Ray-Ray Wilkes took 1st in Kata in the Green Belt Division.
Michael Barrantes also took 1st in Sparring and Forms in the Novice Division.
Honorable Mention goes out to Keith Hampton for a job well done!
We are very proud of everyone! All Students Train under the Direct Supervision of Grand Master Austin Wright Sr. in the Jersey City and Bayonne, New Jersey Universal Warrior Mixed Martial Arts Locations.
From left to right, Grand Master Austin Wright Sr., Mayor Jimmy Davis, Hanshi Ralph Passero and Hanshi Dennis Wright