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WKC 2012 World Championships

USA Medalists

Gold Medalists

USA 1 12-Boys Cont Team
USA 1 12-Boys Point Team
USA Blue 13-15 Boys Point Team
Michael Gibbs
Vincent Johnson (2)
Alex Vecchio (5)
Randolf Nombradd
Romani Alicea
Nassim Faras Lahrizi (2)
Cody Sanders
Brianna Ray
Michael Wax
Raquel Romaine (2)
Kimberley Harrison
Katie Murphy
Kimberlee Ross
Susan Wackett
Abdul Aziz
Rain Fredericks (2)
Nathan Weaver (2)
Chance Zurub
Micah Williams
Dakota Krol
Peter Davenport
Jadi Tention
Willie Brown
Gina Thornton
Morgan Plowden
Sha-Kai Springer
El Java Abdul Qadir (2)
Charles Rice (2)
Bernard Frost
Kris Pilgrim (3)
John Allison
Harris A. Edwards(2)
Chris Chastain
Jerry Scheel

49 Gold

Silver Medalists

Andrew Adams (2)
Andrew Nordlund
Romani Alicea
Kaelyn Kowalski
Zack Merrihew
William Cornell
Michael Wax
Nick Cain
Katie Murphy
Kimberlee Ross
Sarah Morris
Kimberley Harrison
Susan Wackett (2)
John Lyons
Michael Cofer
Daniel Matveev
Chris Gorham
Brianna Ray (2)
Dwight Bargainer (2)
Andrew O’Duden
Ross Levine
Justin Jones (2)
Kris Pilgrim (3)
Akin Williams
Bernard Frost (2)
Marlon Boswell
Harris A. Edwards
Chris Chastain
Jackson Pett
Sienna Mitton
Chance Zurub
James Bailey
Dakota Krol
Harris Edwards
Peter Davenport
Raquel Romaine
Aaron Rodriguez
Chris Chastain
USA 2 12- Boys Cont
USA RED 13-15 Boys Point Team
USA 1 Womens Point Team
USA 1 Veteran Mens Team

49 Silver

Bronze Medalists

Alex Vecchio
Nassim Faras Lahrizi
Sireen Kenana
Grace Mena
Alexandra Adams (4)
Zack Merrihew
Daniel Matveev (2)
Noah Gilleylen
Nathan Weaver (2)
Chris Gorham (2)
Devon Hopper (2)
Jaida Kenana
Maria Harrison (2)
Brianna Ray
Katherine Simms
Robert Robaldo
Rauh Karim
Nick Cain (2)
Chris Collins
Kyle Petrosky (2)
Kimberley Harrison
Deborah O’Nail
Katie Murphy
Kimberlee Ross
Sarah Morris
Michael Cofer
Charles Rice (2)
Susan Wackett
Dawn Gorham
Abdul Aziz
Donna Bosworth
Kelly Fletcher
Katie Murphy
Andrew Nordlund
Andrew Adams
Graeme Agronin (2)
Nicholas Hoover (2)
Michael Gibbs
Justin Calhoun
Timothy Dalrymple (2)
Maya Johnson
Horace Morgan III
Layne Toth (2)
Alex Hardy
James O’Duden
Harris Edwards
Troy Binns
Richard Plowden
Edward Okafor
Askia Allison
Susan Wacket
Scott Wrenn
Rodney Bailey
John Lyons
Brody Erikson
Nick Nowakowski
Nate Pabst
Riley Rhodes
Lynne Degroot
Peri Toth
Denesha Lafontant
Austin Edwards
Justin Generette
Sarah Schumann
Austin Bryant
Sarah Morris
Laura Pulido
Leemah Leach
USA 12-Girls Point Team
USA 13-15 Girls Point Team
USA STRIPES 16-17 Boys Team
USA STARS 16-17 Boys Team
USA 2 Mens Point Team
USA 1 Mens Point Team

88 Bronze


All projects take time and planning. And while certainly winning gold medals individually is the goal of any athlete doing the WKC, there is something about the team events that are special. Additionally, one of the glaring holes in the USA program was the lack of feisty women fighters. Multiple world champion fighter from Colorado Kris Pilgrim won gold in womenʼs 18+ speed fighting at the first world championships in Ireland as well as in Portugal, and Morgan Plowden has won gold in the last three, but there has still been a void on the womenʼs side of things. This year however one new face, and a returning one, this time as an adult demonstrated some growth in the womenʼs program. Veteran standout from Virginia, Gina Thornton had been talking with USA President Richard Plowden about the WKC since the beginning. However priorities in life always precluded her from attending. This year, Thornton was determined to hit Montreal, and that was not the only item she struck. Using a calm demeanor, Thornton was quite precise en route to winning gold in her division and also assisting the American women to a silver medal finish in teams. That silver could have possibly been gold had Thornton not injured herself in the champion of Championʼs semi final match Vs Kelsey Aiden-Friedlander, a match that Thornton won, but precluded her from continuing into the next round. After her initial taste of WKC success, we hope that Gina Thornton is a force to be reckoned with us for years to come.


Sha Kai Springer does not say much in public. Her close friends and aunt Taniesha Fordham say that she does have a sense of humor and can make some outlandish statements, but we have not witnessed it. In Ireland, Springer was one of a handful of speed fighting gold medalists, hers in the junior division. In Montreal she showed up, still quiet and unassuming, but this time as an adult. With a right hand that few if any in the womenʼs division can match, Springer fought her way to the gold medal podium position and also played a role in the womenʼs silver medal team fighting finish. Still only a teenager with hard training and a little seasoning Springer may not say much herself, but many others will have a ton to say about her.


Jadi Tention, nicknamed the Superfighter could also carry the name the “Enigma”. As one of the most outstanding fighters around in the late 90ʼs and early 2000ʼs Tention then disappeared. Bored with tournaments and fatigued with constantly putting it on the line, Tention took what amounted to a four year break from competition. However, although not hitting tournaments he still trained hard and studied. “When Richard Plowden called me about the WKC I had no idea. But I did want to fight again and came out just on the strength of our relationship,” Tention said. For the second year in a role, Tention stepped up to the WKC stage and demonstrated why he is considered one of the worldʼs best for over a decade winning the Champions of Champions title.


Sport karate is not without personalities. In the past Californiaʼs Johnny Gyro was the first to fight in a painted hockey mask. Washingtonʼs Steve “Mad Dawg” Curren was known to do a parody of Kung Fuʼs drunken monkey form, substituting being intoxicated with liquor for another mind altering substance. But if you really want to demonstrate your confidence and stand out, show up at the world championships with a mohawk haircut shaped like an arrow and them smash everyone in your wake. This is exactly what Minnesotaʼs Alex Vecchio did in Montreal. Vecchio told gold medals in Boys 12 and under; Hardstyle; Korean; Traditional Weapons; Creative Weapons; and Musical Weapons. Along with Randolf Nombradd, Romani Alicca and Nassim Faras Lahrizi Americans swept every 12 and under forms and weapons divisions. Americaʼs WKC forms divisions will be solid for years with competitors like this.


It is not often that one debuts on the grand stage at an advanced age. However with the WKC adding sparring divisions for competitors 48 years and above 58 year old John Allison did not want to miss his opportunity. As a typical parent, his children have always come first. It did not help that he raised them through their teens as a widowed father. However, John and his children Askia, Kamal, and Kyera all achieved black belts and have kept the martial arts in their lives. In Montreal, John was wooed with the level of judging and competitive spirit. And when he took to the floor in his matches he brought an old school mentality and intensity that at time bordered on the comical, making even his officials snicker. When the event was over Allison sported a million dollar smile, second only to the shiny gold medal around his neck.


At the WKC World Championships in Spain, the most disappointed competitor was probably Nathan Weaver. Although he garnered a silver medal in Spain, Nathan lost a tough and very controversial match in his final. Back this year on a mission Weaver left nothing to the judges as he defeated Canadaʼs Ben Clarke for the gold. It complements the Ipad that he received for his performance in Spain....maybe a car next?


The super loyal. They really are out there. Ever since Abdul Aziz heard about the WKC he has been a vocal and physical supporter. His mantra has been, “I am going to win a gold medal”. In Spain he came up short and was visibly disappointed but steadfast to his mission. “I am taking gold in Canada”. Employed by Geoffrey Canadaʼs Harlemʼs Childrenʼs Zone, Aziz is a great example of perseverance. In taking gold in his creative weapons division, not in a cocky fashion, but with a confident demeanor the lieutenant had one statement, “I told you”.....WKC World Champion Abdul Aziz.


At the first WKC World Championships in Ireland, Rain Fredricks won gold in convincing fashion in the light contact division. After missing Portugal and Spain, Fredericks showed up in Montreal, ready to reclaim his title. But this time he pulled a rare double winning his speedfighting division as well. Three WKC gold medals in two world championships is not a bad thing. It gives another meaning to the term “making it Rain”.


With two WKC gold medals under her their belt, a lot of competitors would be satisfied. But with her instructor, Morgan Plowden contemplated making some changes in her fighting style that would elevate her game a little higher. They took a look at the attitude and changes that golfʼs Tiger Woods made at the height of his success that added to his resume, and made subtle modifications. At the WKC World Championships in Montreal their tinkering seemed to pay off as Plowden hit a zone en route to winning the Champion of Champions title and helping the womenʼs team to a second place finish. If she maintains the work ethic that she demonstrated in preparation for this event, Plowdenʼs resume will fill up quickly as well.


It is said that God does not give us anything too heavy for us to bear. In this case God is demonstrating to us the true strength, the championship superman mettle of one Charles Rice Jr.. In previous years we have documented Riceʼs challenges with cancer, pneumonia, stroke and a closed head injury, each of which he fought back from emerging a new man. In preparation for this yearʼs Montreal championships Rice took his time, training just right to peak at the right moment because as he would say, while he won gold in Spain, he also took a silver, leaving one gold as a goal. In Montreal he showed up capturing double gold this time. However while competing he could tell something was not correct. His right arm had a tendency to go numb, and in one fight he fell for no apparent reason. In spite of, he never complained and never lost his positive drive. Upon returning home with his golds, Rice found it necessary to go to his physician and the diagnosis was not the best.....a brain tumor which resulted in an operation in less than two weeks. Now charged with a battle that involves chemotherapy and radiation, Rice is approaching the fight like the brick smashing warrior that he is. His WKC family will be smashing with him all of the way!