Castro Martial Arts and Cardio Kickboxing had a successful weekend at the National Blackbelt League’s Battle of Champions of Friday and Saturday in El Paso, Texas.
Two members of the team, Jack Herrick and Nick Galvan, both 9, won their third national titles at the event.
Jack won first place in point sparring and first in continuous sparring in the 11-and-under 66-pound black belt division. Nick finished first in continuous sparring in the 11-and-under 55-pound black belt division.
The wins will give the boys an advantage in the seeding for world title competition when Castro Martial Arts sends its team to the NBL Super Grands World Games in Buffalo, N.Y., from Dec. 26 to Jan. 1.
Four other members of the Castro Martial Arts team, all competing in black belt divisions, also had first-place wins. Studio owner Julio Castro, 27, won first place and grand champion in the men’s 162-pound point sparring. Harlie Curiel, 18, was first in point sparring and third in continuous sparring in the women’s 18-and-over division. Julian Salas, 18, placed first in the 151-pound men’s point sparring. Kenohe Leonor, 12, placed first in continuous sparring and second in point sparring in the boys 12-to-14 division.
Other Castro Martial Arts competitors at the event were Adrian Gomez, 9, second in 11-and-under 55-pound continuous sparring; Johan Alamilla, 9, third in 11-and-under 55-pound point sparring; Clay Smith, 11, third in 11-and-under 99-pound point sparring; and Alejandro Alamilla, 11, fourth in 11-and-under 88-pound continuous sparring.
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