Mysuru, November 21:- Temple of Martial Arts Okinawan Shotokan Karate-Do Association, Bengaluru, recognised by Karate Association of India and Akhila Karnataka Sports Karate Association, affiliated to Karnataka Sports Authority, conducted Karnataka Karate Fest at V V Convention Hall on Uttharahalli Main Road in Bengaluru on Sunday (Nov 17).
More than 600 karatekas took part in the championship. The special attraction of the Karnataka Karate Fest was the Mega Open events namely, Men’s Open Kata (16-years and above) and Women’s Open Kata (no age limit) Grand Championship.
There was double delight for city’s karateka Deia Urs who clinched gold in -21 years individual kata category by defeating Chitrashree of Davanagere 5-0 in the finals.
In the Individual Women Open Kata Grand Championship, Deia defeated Saakshi of Bengaluru 5-0 in the quarterfinals, Nanditha of Belagavi 5-0 in the semi-finals and ultimately, Keerthy of Bengaluru 5-0 in the finals to win the Grand Championship, that included a trophy and also a cash prize.
Deia is currently ranked No 1 in both -21 years and Senior Individual Women Kata category in the state. She is ranked No 2 in -21 years and No 3 in senior women category at the nationals.
Deia who is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Vidhyaashram First Grade College, Jayalakshmipuram, Mysuru, has 3rd Degree Black Belt and is trained by her father Srinath Urs, an accredited and a certified karate kata coach. Both practice under All India Shito Ryu Karate-Do Union president Kyoshi C S. Arun Machaiah and Shuko Kai Karate-Do of India Head Shihan E S. Kumar. (MR)