Please join me in congratulating David Muhammad from IMA Integrity Martial Arts Academy in Missouri, and Maya Wasowicz and Manny Tavares from IMA Goshin-ryu in New York, who made it to the US National team and qualified for the North American Cup in Canada and the Senior Pan American Championship in Venezuela.
These three individuals were training very hard to make the US team for several months. I was very proud to see them competing in team trials in Chicago on February 9th. Double congratulations go out to Maya for qualifying in two divisions (+68 kg and Open).
In addition, Kamran Madani has been invited to compete in the 16-17, -76 kg division at the North American Cup, after qualifying at the US Nationals competition in July. Good luck to David, Maya, Manny and Kamran!
Also, I would like to congratulate and thank Sensei Ruiz for his outstanding training methods, and for coaching our athletes during team trials in Chicago, even after his recent knee surgery.