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Reis becomes first martial artist from Cayman to compete at World Karate Championships


42-year old Pedro Reis became the first martial artist to represent the Cayman Islands at a World Senior Karate Championships Tuesday (6 November) when the World Karate Federation (WKF) held it’s 24th staging of the event 6-11 November in Madrid, Spain.

Competing in Men’s Kata, Reis lost 5-0 in the opening round to Mozambique’s Luis Carlos Da Merces Souza. This was just Reis’ second international competition after competing at the  Caribbean Championships in Curacao in July. Cayman Islands Karate Federation (CIKF) General Secretary Greg Reid says Reis’ performance was a big step forward in his development.

“Pedro’s kata was faster and technically more demanding, however, certain types of katas from the Nahate and White Crane grouping are scored higher internationally than the Shurite Kata Pedro performed” said Reid.

Reid added Reis’ inclusion in the World Championships was a significant development for martial arts in the Cayman Islands.

“I am very happy with Pedro’s performance, considering the gentleman he was up against competes for his country in many premier league and worldwide events” said Reid. “We went from the Caribbean Championships to competing against 85 of the top kata competitors in the world.”

View all the results from the 24th World Senior Karate Championships here.


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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL). It was in this role where he was able to craft the immersive and enthusiastic approach to reporting, broadcasting and production you see here today in Cayman's sports community.

Jordan has also worked behind the scenes for a number of Canadian broadcasting & production companies such as CBC Sports, Cineflix Productions and Cream Productions.

Did he mention he was St. Clare of Assisi's 1994 Athlete of the Year?

Now dubbed 'The Sports Guy', Jordan relishes the role as Cayman 27 Sports Producer, where he can tell the stories of Cayman’s athletes. You can reach Jordan at 333.6521 or

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