Amity School Takes Top Prize at Karate Championship
When you think of karate, you think of self -defense classes, and an Asian specialty fighting form. Now women at Amity School in Brooklyn are taking their skills to the next level. Having won the national championships, they have their eyes set on the 2020 Olympic golds.
Zeynep, who won the silver and bronze medals is elated. She says, "I hugged my friends. I called my parents, they were so excited."
The ladies of Brooklyn's Amity school, competed in the USA National Karate Championship, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
They brought back, a rich haul of 13 medals- five gold, five silver and three bronze.
It is an impressive performance, especially considering the team is only three years old.
Coach Meral Olmez says she didn't expect the young club, to achieve so many laurels.
"I can say that I am the proudest coach in the us," beams Olmez.
6-year-old Sarah says she has mixed feelings, s when she won the form competition.
"It felt good. I was happy but at the same time, sad that my friends didn't win," says the little achiever.
Sarah's mother is proud of her sportsmanship .
“Words can't explain, how proud I was. I couldn't stop crying.She is so young and to make it to something that big, was exciting.,” the emotional mother.
The championship may have ended, but the fight isn't over. Next up, the 2020 Olympics.
Mucella, who took home a gold and silver medal says, her life changed with karate
She shares the same dream as the ladies in this karate club-to compete at the Olympics.
"I'm not gonna give up," says a determined Mucella.
Karate isn't a part of the Olympics just yet, but coach Olmez says the team hopes it will be introduced in 2020.
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