Paradise Valley karate school conquers at national championships

Paradise Valley Karate School (submitted photo)

Paradise Valley Karate School (submitted photo)

Paradise Valley School of Karate went to the USKA National Championships, held in Denver April 1-2, and came home conquerors.

Competitors from all over the nation came together to compete in many events.

The Phoenix school just celebrated it’s 35th Anniversary. In their 35 years, they have been one of the main leaders in tournaments and competitors, according to a press release.

The school brought 23 competitors to the tournament and brought home 48 medals and a grand championship. Their competitors ranged in age from 7 to 48 years of age.

In particular, one competitor had an outstanding weekend. Ethan Batterton triple crowned and won the grand champion for Youth Intermediate Kata, the release stated. To ‘triple crown’ means to win first in all three of the major events; kata, sparring and weapons. He then went on to compete against all of the other first place winners to be recognized as the grand champ.

PVK is very proud of all of their students both now and in the past as this is not the first time they have had such a successful tournament.

Paradise Valley Karate has been the number one school in the nation in the past, and it’s all because of their dedicated students and the hard work of their teachers, the release stated.

Now the school is preparing for the next big event. The USKA World Championships will be held here in Phoenix at the Arizona Grand, July 21-24. It has not been in the Valley since 1988 when the owner of PVK, Mike Wall, won Heavy Weight Black Belt Sparring.

Mr. Wall is the Regional Director for the USKA and  puts on many tournaments in the Valley. Notably, April 30, he will be hosting a Veteran’s Benefit Tournament to help out our local veterans through Operation Welcome Home. This is open to all styles of martial artist.

For more information contact Heather Hamel at 602-867-9204 or

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