Buffaloe wins All-American Open

Jul. 05, 2014 @ 04:54 PM

Christian Buffaloe placed first last month in the teen division of the All-American Open International Karate Championships in New York.

The 14-year-old Warren County native also qualified for the International Kyokushin Youth Championships next spring in Tokyo, marking his third entry in the competition since 2011.

Christian’s father and coach, Kenny Buffaloe, wrote in an email to The Dispatch, “I told him before the tournament to make a good showing of himself, win, lose, or draw and to fight with his spirit. I am very proud of the way he fought against much larger and experienced world level Kyokushin competitors.”

“We are very grateful to the Kyokushin organization and officials for making these wonderful opportunities possible,” added Kenny Buffaloe. “We are also humbled by these great experiences.”

Christian Buffaloe avenged a close semifinals loss last year to Vladislav Amirov of Russia. The two met in the semifinals again with Christian Buffaloe prevailing this time against the larger opponent to set up a finals match against a Japanese competitor.

Christian Buffaloe used a “fierce punching attack” to edge Kento Odria after an “intense and spirited round.”

The prestigious annual event, which celebrated its 50th anniversary, featured fighters from around the world. Competitors are only allowed entry after being evaluated by top officials in the Kyokushin organization based on fighting ability.

For more information on Kyokushin, contact Kenny Buffaloe at (252) 589-4281 or kyokarateka@aol.com.