How does a man at the age of 60 compete professionally in Karate? Very well, thank you very much, this was the sum of a quick chat had with Tony Morrash from Wilkes-Barre in Pennsylvania – he was part of Team USA here to participate in the first Pan Caribbean Martial Arts Tournament at the Wildey Gymnasium! He won gold in Kata and also got Gold in Points Sparring (60 and Over)!

The only thing to indicate Tony has seen some years is the salt overshadowing the pepper in his cropped almost buzz cut, otherwise his face remains as boyish as ever and he took time to speak with Bajan Reporter about the key to his success.

He said that he made the discovery almost by accident; –

The 60 year old martial artist has no hesitation in saying to everyone about the value of yoga. (Seen here with Dr Kevin Huffard on the right)

He says he’s certain his prowess in Wildey yesterday was due to his desire for a better game of golf; –

It was only by a few points he missed being the Ultimate Champion when he was beaten in points sparring, by a 37 year old Dominican transplanted to Vancouver, Shannah Robin.

On behalf of Sifu (Teacher) Altab Aziz and Professor Christopher Francis we’d just like to take this opportunity to thank the Ministry of Sports, Culture & Creative Industries (just let Wildey Gym know the Air Conditioning should be on non-stop okay?); Prosales Barbados; NPURE Water Filtration Inc. producers of Bajan Pure – Purified Water; Cell Hut & CST Tyres – Subsidiaries of SP Imports Ltd; Republic Bank (Barbados); Ocean Fisheries Ltd; Mobile King; Barbados Steel Works Ltd; CITA 90.1 FM – Your Big Sound In Gospel; Italian Jewels; Geetu’s Inc. plus AZT Construction in addition to where you learned about this pivotal moment in the history of Sports Tourism!

We also wish to thank O-Sensei Alexey Kunin; Cynthia “Lady Dragon” Rothrock, Dr Frank DeGourville, Dr Kevin Huffard – the co-founder of the Pan Caribbean Martial Arts Tournament, and Trevor Tasetano – President of the World Karate Union who donated those really cool Crowns! And a huge shout out to John F. Belles who took time from his hectic agenda as Martial Arts Photographer and truck driver in Pennsylvania (just like Tony, but different part).

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