2019 USA-NKF Nationals Results


Chicago, IL... The 2019 USA-NKF Nationals were 4 action packed days of competition and our squad of 8 athletes from ages 6 - 18 left a stunning mark on their competitors as they left with 16 championship medals: 6 Gold (Gianna Buttermark; Luciano Maietta x2; Saisambhav Gudi; Alex Haramasz; and Christian Donnelly), 5 Silver (Andras Haramasz; Saisambhav Gudi; Luciano Maietta; Alex Haramasz; and Christian Donnelly); and 5 Bronze (Gianna Buttermark x2; Eduardo Chavez; and John Robert Caravella x2).

Our athletes medaled in 16 out of 21 divisions entered and lost 1 bronze medal match.

Congratulations to all of these fine athletes who proudly respresented their style, dojo, sensei, family, self, and the State to the highest levels of competency, honor, humility, sportsmanship and teamwork.

On the home front, special thanks to Sempai Michael Schechter, Sempai Gianna Buttermark and Sempai John Castella for prepping many of the team's athletes.  Without your help and inspiration, we would not likely have had this level of success in 2019!

July 2019 Promotion Results


Congratulations to all students that advanced ranks at July promotion exams

Samurai Promotions:

  • Tyler Helm - blue stripe
  • Ava Paris - blue stripe
  • Malana Strumberger - blue stripe
  • James JJ Cypher Jr - green stripe
  • Paige Fardella - yellow stripe

Gojukan Promotions:

  • Thomas Proto - green stripe
  • James "Jamie" Szijgyarto - green stripe
  • Matthew Bond - yellow stripe
  • Subhan Syed - yellow stripe

Mudansha (Non Black Belt) Promotions:

  • Diogo Valentim - Sr Green Belt
  • Salvatore LaBruzza - Sr Orange 
  • Luciano "Luci" Maietta - Jr Brown Belt
  • Gianna Buttermark - Int Brown Belt
  • Christopher Riggi - Int Brown Belt
  • Melinda Rivera - Sr Brown Belt
  • Katarina Schechter - Jr Blue Belt
  • Anina Loyd - Sr Yellow Belt
  • Miah Chavez - Sr Yellow Belt
  • Eduardo Chavez - Jr Orange Belt
  • Alex Haramasz - Jr Green Belt
  • Andy Haramasz - Sr Green Belt
  • Christian Donnelly - Jr Blue Belt

2017 End of Year Awards

2016 Most Improved TKC Student - Sai Gudi

At Our 2017 Bonnen-Kai and Awards Dinner, Special Athlete Awards were presented to:

TKC All-American for Competition Excellence awarded to 

  • John D'Arpa

TKC & IKGA All-American for Competition Excellence awarded to 

  • John Castella
  • Tyler Kelly
  • Omar Dahdouh
  • Jesse Finney
  • Prithvi Paruchuri
  • Sai Gudi
  • Luciano Maietta
  • Paul Huang

We presented 2017 TKC Student of the Year awards to:

  • For IKGA Karatedo - Prithvi Paruchuri
  • For Olympic Karate - Luciano Maietta
  • For Outstanding Leadership - John Castella

Congratulations to all TKC students for the individual efforts and progress in 2017.  We know you will continue on your successful ways into 2018 and beyond. 

Personal Development Opportunities


Additional Opportunities Exist for Community and Personal Enrichment & Development.  

Listed Below are Services TKC Can Provide With Our Core Programs:

  • Para-Karate: Special Needs/Cognitive Disabled Persons (Paralympic Sport)
  • Para-Karate: Disabled Vets/Physically Disabled Persons (Paralympic Sport)
  • Self Defense Programs for All Ages (Battered Women; College-Bound Students; Bullied Persons)
  • Kids Anti-Bullying Seminars
  • Kids Anti-Abduction Seminars
  • Police & Fire Games Karate Training
  • Karate for At Risk Kids (Suicidal; Social Outcast; Alternate to Gangs; Alternate to Drugs)

New Jersey Boys Represent USA at Global Championship in Vancouver


We are Proud of ALL TKC Athletes That Represented the United States of America with Distinction, Pride, and Sportsmanship.  You ALL Performed Magnificiently!!!    

7th IKGA Global Championship

Richmond Olympic Oval in Vancouver, BC, Canada Sept 28th - Oct 1st.  


  1. John Castella - Kumite Silver
  2. Jesse Finney - Kumite Bronze 
  3. Luciano Maietta - Kumite Bronze
  4. Omar Dahdouh - Kumite 5th
  5. Prithvi Paruchuri - Kata 5t

Special Acknowledgement to Our Athletes Showing Tremendous Spirit, Skill & Sportsmanship Without Medaling. We are Extremely Proud of You!  

  • Saisambhav "Sai" Gudi
  • Paul Huang
  • Tyler Kelly

Results from 2017 National Championship in South Carolina

Luci's Gold Medal at 2017 NKF Nationals

USA National Karate Federation 2017 National Championship & Junior US Team Trials

Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina July 20th - 23rd.  


  1. Luciano Maietta - Kumite Gold; Team Kumite Gold
  2. John Castella - Kumite Bronze in Elite/US Jr Team Trials.  USA #4 Rank
  3. Tyler Kelly - Kumite Bronze
  4. John D'Arpa - Para-Karate Kata Bronze

Special Acknowledgement to Our Athletes Showing Tremendous Spirit, Skill & Sportsmanship Without Medaling. We are Extremely Proud of You! 

  • Saisambhav "Sai" Gudi
  • Prithvi Paruchuri
  • Jesse Finney
  • Omar Dahdouh

The USA-NKF 2018 National Championship will be in Reno, Nevada July 12th - 15th.