If the sport of Karate had a world series, the US Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships would be it.
Hosted at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, The US Open facilitates the best of sport Karate competition the world has to offer. Competitors of all ages, ranks and experience and 42 countries came together to compete July 14-15 for their shot at a coveted US Open World Martial Arts title.
Bradenton’s students Antonio Mendez, Andres Vega, Omar Schwanzer, Kayla Siedlecki, Adam Schwanzer, Mason Ware, Teddy Siedlecki and Noah Tratz together as a team brought home 7 trophies and 20 medals from the most prestigious tournament in the world.
Their Sensei, Master Kevin Bergquist was honored with an award for “Outstanding Support of the Martial Arts” during the tournament's live ESPN telecast of The Night of Champions.
“These dedicated students work very hard all year round, after school and during the summer practicing because they take their commitment to Karate very seriously,” Bergquist said. “Our Karate programs teach so much more than 'just kicks and punches.' We help children develop life-skills that will take them far beyond the four walls of our school; benefits that will last them a lifetime.”
The Bradenton Marauders will honor Bergquist and the Dojo Martial Arts Storm Team members who participated in the US Open Championships on Sunday. Bergquist will throw out the ceremonial first pitch as his team looks on from the mound.