The Pryor Times


June 21, 2014

Practice makes perfect for karate champions

PRYOR, OK — LOCUST GROVE — The benefits of proper martial arts training are more than learning effective defensive techniques and/or toning. Respect, courtesy and confidence are a few of the other additional benefits of the instruction.  

David Fishinghawk of Fishinghawk’s World Championship Karate and Fitness in Locust Grove, along with his students, know firsthand the rewards that come with diligent practice. On May 31, Fishinghawk and his students competed in various disciplines winning more than 36 awards at the 26th Annual American Open Karate Championship held at the Locust Grove High School gym. There were 120 competitors. 

“Using your own body’s energy to push through and hold positions requires strength, flexibility, focus and discipline,” said Fishinghawk, who won the Grand Championship as the Sword Meister of the Naginata (which he holds in the attached photo). The modern use of the naginata came into practice after World War II and has been mainly for martial arts competitions, far removed from when it was used as a weapon decades upon decades ago by the samurai class of feudal Japan. The concept of the practice today forges the strengthening of the mind and body.

The competitive winners were as follows:  

Dayton Brown – Took first in the 13-14 category in intermediate fighting and   won first place and grand championship ring in the 18-34 men’s intermediate fighting; Ethan Simpson won third place in beginning boy’s sparring; Pacie Parker won fourth karate flag sparring; Kyra Spaulding won second in forms and first in sparring;   Shana Weaver won first in 35-45 advanced women sparring and won the grand championship of the sparring; Kacee Weaver won first in karate flag; Kadee Weaver won third in karate flag; Mr. Roger McKinney won first in 52 plus black belt sparring and grand champion of 52 plus in black belt fighting;  James Dawson won first in intermediate forms and sparring;  Amber Mathis won first in beginning forms and sparring in addition to winning two grand championship rings.

Jayden Mathis won fourth in karate flag and beginning sparring; Hannah Mathis won fourth in karate flag;  Michele Fishinghawk won first in 18-34, 35-45 and 46 plus in forms and sparring in intermediate women’s and received three grand championship rings; Chalrlie Dishong won first in ADY forms and sparring in the 35-45 division and received a  grand championship ring in sparring; Erin Deshong won first in creative forms and second in beginning forms and won grand championship of creative forms;  Lexi Deshong won fourth in karate flag, forms and sparring; Cole Deshong won fourth in karate flag and sparring; Josh Cole won third in beginning sparring; Zach Cole won fourth in Karate flag and sparring;  and Christian Cole won fourth in karate flag and sparring.

Competitor Amber Mathis said, “I like practicing to let off tension and I also like the fact we can do this as a family.” Mathis and her three children attend practice twice a week.   “Even my two-year old can hold several stances and participate in warm-ups,” she said.  

“Warming up is very important.  We will do a minimum of 30 minutes of warming up and stretching. I think what we do is very beneficial to both the mind and body,” added Fishinghawk.  

Fishinghawk Karate is affiliated with the American Progressive Taekwondo Federation, American Black Belt System, Native American Martial Arts Association, American Karate Association, and the Oklahoma Kenpo Karate Association.


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