ESCANABA - The Delta County Budokan earned more gold medals than any other team in the state in the Michigan AAU State Karate Championships held April 4 in Kalamazoo.
The 11-member team took home 12 gold medals in addition to three silver and three bronze. The Budokan has posted 262 state champions in the AAU karate program since 1992.
The Budokan dominated the adult black belt events in Kata and Kabudo.
The Delta County Budokan team members include, front row from left, Jacob Falen, Mary-ann Miller and Logan Coolman; middle row: Gabe Trottier, Nisha Coolman, Toni-lynn Gorsche and Brandi Highland; back row: William Swisher, Ian Pilcher, coach David Moyle, Mike Falen, Mark Bader and Josh Moulding. Courtesy photo
"The team has been training for this event since December of 2008," said coach David Moyle.
Moyle added that he was "proud of the team because it was young and there were mostly new students going into the state event.:"
The Budokan traveled to the AAU championships with Bushido Karate of Manistique, a "sister dojo" same in style and technique.
Bushido also fared well in the competition, taking home 18 medals from its first-ever trip to the state championships.