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Deia Urs wins Kata gold at State Senior Karate Championships

Deia Urs, a student of Vidhyaashram College, Jayalakshmipuram, Mysuru, will be representing Karnataka at the Karate Association of India Senior National Championships to be held in Chennai

Mysuru, June 6:- Akhila Karnataka Sports Karate Association, recognised by Sports Authority of Karnataka, organised 10th state-level Senior Karate Championships at Jain University Campus, JC Road, Bengaluru on June 2.  Around 80 top-level karatekas from all over Karnataka took part in the championship which was divided into male and female 16 years and above kata category and male ( -55, -60, -67, -75, -84, +84 kg) and female (-50, -55, -61, +68) Kumite categories.

AKSKA president and former MLC Kyoshi, C S Arun Machaiah, vice-president Shihan N Shankara of Mysuru, Referee Commission chairman Shihan K P Jose of Davanagere and general secretary Sensei Bhargav Reddy of Bengaluru inaugurated the championship which adopted the new WKF rules and regulations.

Mysuru’s karate sensation Deia Urs, student of Vidhyaashram College, Jayalakshmipuram, clinched gold by securing 24.8 points in the Senior Female Individual Kata Category finals. Jamuna K Shukla of Davanagere took the silver with 22.6 and Savitha of Dakshina Kannada settled for bronze with 20.7 points.

Deia will be representing Karnataka at the Karate Association of India Senior National Championships to be held at J J Indoor Stadium, Kilpauk, Chennai on June 10 and 11. This is the 3rd year in succession that Deia is representing the state in the Individual Kata at the Senior Nationals.  She has also represented the state in the Juniors KAI Nationals five times in the past.   Earlier, in January this year, Deia had won silver at the KAI Cadet, Junior and -21 National Karate Championships.

Along with Deia, Pavan Kumar of Bengaluru will be representing Karnataka in the male Kata Category. In female Kumite, Shalini (-50 kg), Lilian Christiana (-55 kg), Rachana Siddesh (-61 kg), Jumuna Shukla (+68 kg) and in Male Kumite, Venkatesh (-55 kg), Ashok Kumar (-60 kg), Anand (-67 kg), Suraj (-75 kg), Rakshith reddy (-84 kg) and Amal Sooraj (+84 kg) will be representing the state in their respective categories.

Deia holds 3rd Degree Karate Association of India Black Belt, 1st Degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Seibukan Karate and 1st Degree Black Belt in Shito Ryu Karate. She is the daughter of Roopa Urs and B S Srinath Urs, a Certified national karate coach.  Both practice under All India Shito Ryu Karate Do Union president Kyoshi C S Arun Machaiah and Shihan E S Kumar, who is the Deputy Technical Director of Karate Association of India. (MR)

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