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Spotlight on Clubs: Karate Club

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A group of Pace students are working to establish a Karate Club on campus, and they are gearing up for the Tokyo 2017 World Shotokan Karate-do Championship. Learn more about this passionate group of students and how they are training for success.

Within the interested group of students, there are two second degree black belts in training for the Tokyo 2017 World Shotokan Karate-do Championship and several medal-winning members and instructors. However, the students want to promote the ideal that karate is more than a sport—it is a way of life that instills discipline and values like excellence, respect, and non-violence.

Learn more about the aspiring group aiming to take their passion and drive to Tokyo in this Q&A with club instructor Andrea K. Quevedo-Prince.

Meeting times: Trainings are Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m. There are also special sessions arranged by the instructor.
Founded: It is still in promotion, but the WSKF USA Foundation was registered January 30, 2017. It was originally established by Quevedo-Prince’s father and current club instructor, Professor Francisco J. Quevedo, a 3rd degree in Shotokan, back in 1981.
Club motto: "Tokyo, here we come!"
Number of members: The club is just resuming training. Last semester, six trained weekly.
Song that describes your club: "We are the Champions" by Queen.
Your club in one word: Passion.

Q: What is something you’d like students to know about your club?
A: We are promoting Pace's Karate Club. We have already two second degree black belts in training for the Tokyo 2017 World Shotokan Karate-do Championship. The club is open to all styles and meets any preference, whether it is to compete, to learn about Budo as a way of life, to learn self-defense, or to be fit and lose weight.

Q: What makes your club unique?
A: The Olympic Cycle. We have a three-time world champion, Tokyo 2011, 2013, and 2015, and 2010 world cup winner, Cyprus, and her instructor, leading the training sessions.

Q: What’s the best performance you guys have put on?
A: Since I am the only one of my former team studying at Pace, I can only refer to my performance in the XII World Shotokan Karate-do Championship in Tokyo 2015, where I captured four medals—one gold as World Champion in Kata, female, 16–17 years old ; two silver; and one bronze. My team has won 204 world medals since Cyprus 2010, where I also won gold in Kata, female, 11–12 years old. This is what we would like for the Karate Club.

Q: What are your club’s goals?
A: To take at least two athletes from Pace's Karate Club to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and to add ranking points for Karate Club members in WKF sanctioned regional and national events.

Q: Why should people join your club?
A: Because karate is more than a sport—it is a way of life that instills discipline and values like excellence, respect, and non-violence. There is no aggression, only defense. Also, because karate builds self-confidence, and because the New York City Campus needs to promote sports and a local Pace Setters team.

Q: Do you have any events coming up?
A: We are planning an exhibition, but there is no date set yet. Also, there are some competitions coming up before the Word Championship in Tokyo this year.

*This organization is currently seeking recogntion from SDACA, and organization events are not approved by the SDACA office until the group completes the recognition process.
To learn more or to get involved, contact club president Thomas O'Toole at to90603n@pace.edu, or instructor Andrea K. Quevedo-Prince at aq60755n@pace.edu.

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