Two compete in international karate tourney

A Summerland mother and daughter were part of an Okanagan contingent travelling to Hong Kong for an international karate tournament.

A Summerland mother and daughter were part of an Okanagan contingent travelling to Hong Kong for an international karate tournament.

Rita Becker and her daughter Katie Becker, students at  the Taneda Karate Dojo, were at the Soke Cup earlier this month.

The competition is the top international competition for the Chito-ryu style of karate.

The event is held every three years.

“It’s the world championship for our style of karate,” said Kim Sander of Taneda Karate.

Katie Becker has been in karate since she was young. Her mother, Rita Becker, joined less than three years ago.

“She was a little reluctant to start,” Sander said, “but the expectation for anyone in our dojo is to do their best. The whole premise of our sport is based on respect and honour.”

Chris Taneda, the head of Taneda Karate Dojo, is a seventh-degree black belt and is considered the top in Canada for the group’s style of karate.

In the past, others from Taneda Karate have competed at the Soke Cup, including Coulson Boothe and Claire Boothe who participated in Norway in 2007. At that event, Claire Boothe was named the junior grand champion.