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WKC 2011 World Championships

USA Medalists

Gold Medalists

Andrew Adams
Yohan Alvarado
Armando Anselmo (2)
Troy Binns
Ira Brown
Michael Bouyea
Ody Castillo
Chris Chastain
Chris Collins
Harris Edwards
Bernard Frost (2)
Vincent Johnson
Justin Jones
Kevin Kowalczik
Ross Levine
Horace Morgan
Katie Murphy (2)
Ricky Murray
Daniel Napolitano (2)
Cameron Okubo
Reginald Perry (2)
Kris Pilgrim (3)
Morgan Plowden
Kyle Reed
Charles Rice
Ethan Simmons
Carlos Tearney (3)
Jadi Tention (2) **
Tyler Titus (2)
Robert Wallace
Marcus Williams
Chance Zurub

Silver Medalists

Alexandra Adams
Yohan Alvarado
Armando Anselmo (2)
Avery Behr
Troy Binns
Austin Bryant
Gamal Byfield
Ody Castillo
Michael Cofer
Timonthy Dalrymple
Lynne Degroot
Chiara Dituri
Vincent Johnson
Kevin Kowalczik
Dakota Krol
Ross Levine
Daniel Matveev
Marisa Murray
Daniel Napolitano (2)
Justin Nowakowski
Deborah O’Nail
Jordan Okubo (3)
Cameron Okubo
Reginald Perry
Kris Pilgrim
Brandon Pizarro (2)
Jared Roberts
Charles Rice
Will Sandstrom (2)
Carlos Tearney
Jadi Tention
Cheyenne Titus (3)
Susan Wackett (3)
Robert Wallace
Nathan Weaver
Jermond Wiggins
Marcus Williams
Tyler Zecchino
Chance Zurub

Bronze Medalists

Alexandra Adams (4)
Andrew Adams (2)
Abdul Aziz
Avery Behr
Austin Bryant
Gamal Byfield (3)
Tyler Davis
Lynee Degroot
Chiara Dituri (2)
Harris Edwards
Harris A. Edwards
Emily Fedie (3)
Rain Fredericks
Bernard Frost (2)
Christopher Gorham
Corey Holzman-Crazz (2)
Vincent Johnson
Justin Jones (2)
Cory Kowitz
Noel Loveless (4)
Arian Martin (2)
Daniel Matveev
Horace Morgan
Katie Murphy (3)
Marissa Murray (2)
Kennan Myers
Nick Nowakowski
Deborah O’Nail (2)
Kyle Petrosky (3)
Kris Pilgrim (5)
Morgan Plowden
Kyle Reed
Jared Roberts
Will Sandstrom
Ethan Simmons (3)
Rocky Steel
Mason Stowell
Ricardo Taylor
Cheyenne Titus (3)
Tyler Titus
Marquez Vargas
Susan Wackett (2)
Nathan Weaver (2)
Jermond Wiggins
Tyler Zecchino (2)

** Overall Champion of Champions

The Cadiz Story: 2011


“A man is not old until regrets take the place of dreams”: Living the Dream

As one ages, the mind begins to play tricks. While it is true that the body changes, the mindʼs ability to pick up on and recognize those changes can be a battle all to itself. At the WKC World Championships in Portugal, Iron Woman Kris Pilgrim fought a valiant light contact match against Englandʼs Jade Hicks, a match that Pilgrim lost. Pilgrim is 20 years older than Hicks, a fact that did not deter her. Immediately after the match in Portugal, Pilgrim set her sights on a rematch in Spain. Practically every conversation about Spain involved a comment about Hicks. When Team England posted their roster, Pilgrim made sure that she was there. In Spain, not only still 20 years younger, the British fighter had lost some weight. But Pilgrim was determined. “Whatever happens, donʼt let me quit”, she told her corner. Quit? That was not even part of the equation as Pilgrim defied the odds, found the fountain of youth, and put on the performance of a lifetime en route to a gold medal finish. Tough? For sure. Inspiring? Without doubt. Classy? Yes. Congratulations to Kris Pilgrim, the most decorated athlete in WKC USA history. A person who walks the walk.


Parents Know Best

Nathan Weaver had qualified to go to the first WKC World Championships in Ireland for forms and weapons. Because of the team structure by weight for sparring and the fact that slight would be a great way to describe Weaverʼs physical stature there was an opening in his weight class for semi contact sparring. However that was not a component of the martial arts that Weaver had an interest in. His parents tried, but Nathan had no interest. His dad however mentioned to WKC USA president Richard Plowden, that if Plowden asked, Nathan might change his mind. At a local event after conversing with Mr. Plowden, Nathan ran to his dad, “Mr. Plowden asked me to spar in Ireland,” he said. “And I said, ʻyesʻ. This year Weaver fought what many thought was the match of the event against World Champion from Canada Sebastian Couture. After regulation time, the two fighters were tied. The WKC model is that the first overtime of the match is a one minute extension. The two fighters were still tied after one minute. Next was an overtime with the first point winning. Weaver was given what was thought to be the winning point, but after consultation the officials ruled that his hand touched the floor. The next point was given to Couture, but Weaver had nothing to feel bad about. The martial arts is about indomitable spirit and constant and never ending improvement. From being recruited to fight in Ireland to world silver medalist, Nathan Weaver proves that he possess both qualities.


The Determined Educator

For many the flights to Spain involved layovers that would try anyoneʼs patience. Many athletes and family members had to endure unexpected hours in Madrid for a myriad of reasons according to airline authorities. Luckily they had given themselves a cushion before registration and competition. However USA team member Katie Murphy had no such luxury. Because of her status as a school teacher in New York, Murphy was alloted by her employers only so much time off. After all the thought is that educators have summers and various holidays to recreate. Murphy however was determined. She made arrangements to register for her forms and weapons divisions and hoped for smooth travel. As fate would have it none of the challenges that affected her team mates 24 hours before crossed paths with Murphy. She arrived literally just in time to line up for her divisions, without any rest, fatigued from flying all night and placed in her divisions. With a couple of days to rest before her finals she announced “now it is time to get some rest”. On finals day, well rested with her legs under her Murphy moved up the standings and captured two gold medals. Next year maybe her superiors at work will understand now that World Champion Katie Murphy is teaching for them.


The Eleven - Eleven Revolution

All week Kevin Kowalczik of Revolution Martial Arts seemed on edge. In one realm he had a plethora of students on the United States team so he was a mother hen making sure that they were taken care of. In another realm he had his own competition divisions to think of. And then it was his upcoming nuptials on November 11. With such a talented crew it was easier for Kowalczik to manage and keep his personal goal in mind. “I really want that Korean forms gold medal,” he would say to anyone in ear shot. And once the dust settled Revolution Martial Arts of Colorado had a treasure trove of medals, including the one that Kevin coveted, World Champion in Korean forms. The only thing sweeter must have been his marriage ceremony. Congrats!


The Beast

Justin Jones is easy to miss. Yes he is a big guy, at close to 6ʼ0” and over 220 pounds. However he is so unassuming and so quiet unlike many of his New York counterparts that in a room full of people you might not notice him. Jonesʼ quiet nature however changes when he is in the ring. In individual competition and team sparring Jones showed glimpses of skills that put the world on notice. And then in continuous sparring he repeated as WKC World Champion. Rumor is though that his best skills are demonstrated when playing video games. But the world had better watch out. As he gains experience Justin Jones is going to be a dual threat.


Like Father And Son

Years ago schools used to have father and son nights when anything from basketball to chess may be shared. In martial arts circles and because of the nature of the WKC we have many families that knowingly or unknowingly are creating memories that will last generations, just like those aforementioned nights. In Spain Terrance Collins (father) showed up with son Chris Collins to partake in all that the WKC experience had to offer. The elder Collins is a traditional martial artist from a by gone era. However he, along with instructor Carlos Tearney have been able to get Chrisʼ buy in to traditional forms in a period where so many youth want to flip and trick. Chris, totally new to international competition did not finish in the top two during run offs but performed well enough to make the medal round of four. With a couple of days to work out identified flaws, Chris showed up for the championship rounds with a certain confidence. And the results...”when I saw them announce the silver medalist and it was not my son, immediately the tears came,” dad said. “I am so proud that his hard work paid off.”

Perseverance

Although he did not demonstrate it in public, in 2010 at the World Championships in Portugal, Tyler Titus had to be a lonely man. True he was there with the United States team and his dojo mates from Kansasʼ “Tribe of Five”, but Titus was on the bench not competing because of a broken leg from football. Demonstrating a no quit attitude, Titus played football again this season working towards a desired college scholarship in a few years. And he also came to Spain to claim what he was denied last year. In a manner typically reserved for the cinema Tyler captured gold in traditional weapons and free style forms getting a monkey off of his back whose weight only he could relate to.


Plan Ahead

Bobby Wallace had a problem. For some reason, only known to Wallace he had booked his flight home from Cadiz on World Championship Saturday. It was the day of gold medal match ups. This would not have been a problem if Wallace had lost in the eliminations. However after the eliminations he found himself in two gold medal matches. What to do? After pondering the situation for what seemed like hours, Wallace worked the telephones with the airlines in an attempt to modify his ticket. No one knows what it cost him, but Saturday, Wallace was on the line ready to go, his return flight secured for a few days later. Rumor is that he took some time and went to Africa with a team mate. If this is so, we are sure that he had in his possession his gold and silver medals to highlight his world championship experience.