To show our appreciation to KToC competitors past, present and future, we have created this page to highlight there great spirit, dedication, diligence and hard work. Individuals, instructors and teams will be featured. If you would like to be added to our page, please email your bio in 350 words to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know what year you participated in KToC. Always, thank you for your support.
Seiko Hanshi Rick Diaz
Men’s Fighting Grand Champion
Troy Binns was born into martial arts and started training at the young age of two years old under Master Garth Binns, and Grand Master George Binns in the style of Ketsugen. By the age of seven, he received his black belt. At sixteen, he was chosen to be a junior fighter on Team Victory. Though he had some minor success as a junior, as an adult it was clear he was nowhere near ready. For a few years, Troy trained on and off and he would train hard, place then slack, and lose. “I’m not afraid to say that I was one of those fighters who made the excuse of I would win if I only trained.” The turning point for Troy was at the beginning of 2009. After an extremely disappointing loss at the beginning of the ‘09 year, he decided never allow himself to compete if he was not at his absolute best. That is where the commitment to the sport, the training, the sacrifice and commitment to the goal of wanting to be the best ever was sparked. Troy started traveling the country to train with greats like Mr. Richard Plowden, Mr. Ibby Abdalla, and eventually got under the tutelage of Mr. Jadi Tention. The training from Mr. Tention would help raise Troy’s game tenfold. In conjunction with that training and putting, himself through his own training hell. “When I get in the ring I can look at my opponent and confidently believe that he has not outworked me, he has not been through what I’ve been through, and sacrificed like I’ve sacrificed.” Recently, Troy has had the honor to be chosen for a new International Sport Karate team, Impex International. Sponsored by Jason Chen, Coached by Mr. Richard Plowden and with players Jadi Tention, Ross Levine, Avery Plowden and Morgan Plowden, being chosen to be a part of this team is a dream come true for Troy. He knows that as a team, they will raise the competitive bar to new heights. As far as goals are concerned, when it is all said and done, he wants to be considered one of the best ever, if not the best ever. That goal is what motivates Troy as a competitor, what pushes him when tired and what wakes him to train before sunlight. Troy does not believe in “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you will land amongst the stars” he believes, “if the moon is my goal, I will reach it.”
Men's Open Hand and Weapons Grand Champion
Joey is form Paterson, NJ. He studies Shotokan at Juan Kan Karate-do Academy. He started training in 1989 and received his Black Belt in 2000. He is coached by Shihan Juan Perez and Harress Goodson.
Joey says “I owe my entire life to karate-do. Growing up in a rough urban community it kept me on the correct path and gave me the discipline and life skills needed to succeed.” Joey always would win as both an underbelt and blackbelt. Joey competes in numerous events including traditional, NBL and and NASKA circuits. I feels nlessed to have his wife-Marlene and children-Julian-7 , Joseph-4, Jacob-2, and Kelsey-3months as his backbone, support system, and motivation. " Karate-do is my life, it is my passion, it is my religion. I am truly blessed to be able to pass the torch to future generations.”
Youth 1st Place Winner
Shawn Eisensmith is 9 years old and is from East Haven, Connecticut. He is an avid martial artists who is as intense as his adult counterparts . He has been training and competing in tournaments nationwide for over two years. Shawn is on 100 % Martial Arts team and competes in both traditional and open weapons division. He has won over 150 tournaments to date. He a dedicated and fierce martial artist who has a bright future ahead of him.