Buffaloe qualifies for international tourney
Warren County’s Christian Buffaloe, 13, recently competed in the All-American Open International Karate Championships in New York.
The prestigious annual event is sponsored and organized by the International Kyokushin Karate Organization in Tokyo and featured fighters from Japan, Russia, Europe, Australia, Canada, and South America.
Competitors are only allowed to enter after being evaluated by top officials in the organization based on their fighting ability.
Buffaloe fought in the competitive youth division of the All-American Kyokushin Championships, working his way up to the semifinals, where he faced a Russian competitor 6 inches taller and 40 pounds heavier.
Christian drove the larger opponent backwards with a strong punching attack, forcing him out of the ring before the Russian fought back, kicking Christian in the head with a strong roundkick.
Christian never reacted to the kick and again drove the larger Russian out of the ring with a furious kicking attack.
Time was then called and the Russian won a close judge’s decision that came as a surprise to some in attendance, ending one of the most competitive fights of the tournament.
Christian earned third place and qualified for the International Kyokushin Youth Championships in Tokyo in spring of 2014.
“I am very proud of the way he fought against much larger and experienced world level competitors,” Kenny wrote in an email to The Dispatch. “Christian showed dignity and respect representing both the USA and North Carolina. We respect the judges’ decisions in these matches, no excuses and are already looking forward to the next opportunity with anticipation.”
Kenny and Christian will make a special guest appearance on “Loving Life With Dr. Weir” in November. The show airs weekdays on CW.