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.