Dante the Competitor

 


Above: 1982 Dante's (center with headband) in engaged in hand-to-hand tournament combat match, at the ripe age of 17!

Dante began engaging in team competition at a tender age beginning with the Boy Scouts, Youth Football, Youth Basketball, and Youth Baseball.

This eventually led to individual competition in BMX freestyle & racing competitions [insert 1982 picts], Motocross racing on a Kawasaki KDX-250 [insert 1983 pict], and Trials (cross country) competition on a 1976 TL250 Trials motorcycle [insert 1984 pict].

COMBAT SPORTS

A combat sport (also known as a combative sport) is a competitive contact sport where two or more combatants fight against each other using certain rules of engagement

Dante began competing in Kendo/Kumdo tournaments in 1997 under Headmaster of the Jochun Kwan Dojang, Inkee Lee. Dante holds a 3rd Dan Blackbelt (under AUSKF) and has competed in several tournaments, and trained with several renowned nanadan (7th Dan) & hachidan (8th Dan) head coaches' across Korea, Japan, and the US.

Today, Dante also encourages others in Kendo Competition to develop a strong & disciplined spirit, a healthy self confidence and to most of all, to have fun.

 

SELECT PHOTOS OF DANTE'S COMPETITIONS

 

Above: 2016 Dante (center) at combined practice (multiple clubs)

 

Above: 2016 Dante (Go-Pro first person angle) practicing with 7th Dan Head Coach, Inkee Lee

 

 

Above: 2016 Dante (Go-Pro first person angle) practicing with 7th Dan Head Coach, Inkee Lee 

 

 

Above: 2016 practicing with 7th Dan Head Coach, Inkee Lee

 

Above: 2016 Dante with his Head Coach, 7th Dan Inkee Lee

 

Above: 2009 Dante received 3rd place in Annual Kendo Tournament 

 

Above: 2009 Jochun Team received 1st place in Annual Kendo Tournament (Dante right)

 

Above: 2007 Dante (right) competing Kendo with 5th Dan Master Kim, Suk Joon in Hollywood Dojang.