I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to compete against the best that are out there. I know I can hold my own with them.
Ferndale, Wash. (PRWEB) March 4, 2011
Martial arts competitor McKenna Jolly has made her NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association) debut at the Compete Nationals, a world class martial arts tournament held in Ontario, California, February 25-27. She placed first in the highly competitive Extreme Weapons Division.
Fourteen-year-old McKenna competed in multiple divisions to include Open Hand Creative, Extreme and Musical, as well as the Weapons divisions that included Creative, Extreme and Musical. McKenna medaled in multiple divisions, and took first in the Extreme Weapons Division, out maneuvering several seasoned national grand champions. This tournament has a reputation of attracting the best competitors on the NASKA circuit and they were out in force for this event. McKenna has received many more tournament invitations this year after her strong debut in the NASKA circuit. McKenna earned another first place in the Kenpo Division.
McKenna said, "I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to compete against the best that are out there. I know I can hold my own with them." She further relayed, "The toughest thing is coming up with the funds to travel. Many competitors have sponsorships from well known brands like Team Paul Mitchell and Team Acura." McKenna further stated, "I love working with youth of all ages, and I earned my own travel money by teaching private lessons in Martial Arts as well as doing a lot of baby sitting. That helps me get to a couple of the major tournaments a year. Because there are over a dozen that I should be competing in at my competition level, I am hoping to find a sponsor that can offset some of the cost of competing at major tournaments."
McKenna trains and teaches at Karate Quest in Ferndale, Washington. McKenna has competed in National Black Belt League (NBL) events both in and out of the United States and has had the opportunity to present her skills with the National & Government Wushu Team of China, and the Beijing Wushu Team. She has placed 1st numerous times defeating both male and female competitors. She is also an avid public speaker, and does presentations on the benefits of Martial Arts.
Karate Quest is an elite training center serving the Bellingham, Ferndale and Whatcom County areas of Pacific Northwest Washington State. Karate Quest offers training in Chinese Kenpo Karate, Kick Boxing, Fitness, Modern Arnis, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) and specialized training for the law enforcement community. Instruction is availble for kids, teens and adults. Karate Quest was founded by Mick Jolly, a former Special Agent of the US Secret Service as well as former Deputy Sheriff and Detective. Karate Quest is an International Karate Connection Association (IKCA) school.
For more information about sponsorship opportunities or Karate Quest contact Mick Jolly