Buffaloe earns world spot

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Buffaloe earns world spot

LOS ANGELES -- Christian Buffaloe, a 13- year-old local Kyokushin youth fighter, recently gained second Place in the youth division(12-13 years) of the “2013 Kyokushin USWC Championship Tournament”in Los Angeles, California.

There were competitors from Japan, Poland, the Ukraine, Romania, Australia, Serbia, Tunisia, Russia, Canada and the USA.

This prestigious event was sponsored by the International Kyokushin Karate Organization in Tokyo, Japan and was a qualifying tournament for the upcoming “International Kyokushin Youth Championships” in Tokyo, Japan this April.

By gaining one of the top three places, Christian Buffaloe becomes a  contender for the World youth title representing the United States and North Carolina.

There will be over 1,500 competitors from around the world fighting for the title of the best full-contact youth competitor on the planet.

Christian is very excited and looking forward to this great opportunity.

Christian is the current All-American Kyokushin Youth Champion and has already started preparing for this championship event under his Father/Trainer Kenny Buffaloe, a former Nash County resident.

In the “2013 Kyokushin USWC Tournament” on January 26, Christian Buffaloe advanced to the finals of the youth division(12-13 years) and faced a strong, three-time National Champion from the Ukraine with many years of tournament experience.

Christian lost by one-half point with only two seconds left in the match.

His second-place finish secures him a spot in the “International Kyokushin Youth Championships” in Japan as a contender for the world youth title.

 The Buffaloes will be featured on WITN-TV 7’s “Sunrise Show” on March 5 at 6 a.m.

They will perform several Kyokushin Karate and weapons demonstrations and will then be interviewed about the new documentary movie on their lives and the upcoming “World Kyokushin Youth Championships” in Tokyo, Japan in April.

The documentary movie is being produced by award-winning director Jochen Kunstler and will be released this spring.

The movie will then be entered into several film festivals in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The goal is for the movie to be picked up by a major motion picture studio and released as a feature film in the future.

The film tells the story of how Kenny Buffaloe trained his son Christian in rural North Carolina to be able to compete at world level in these international competitions with no previous experience or fighting opportunities.

Kenny Buffaloe and son Christian will appear at the “International Festival of Cultures” at Nash Community College on February 23 at 1 p.m.

They will do several demonstrations of Kyokushin Karate and Okinawan weapons, representing the culture of Japan.

For more information on Kyokushin Karate,  e-mail kyokarateka@aol.com.

Pictured (Above): CALIFORNIA KID SPARKLES AGAIN. Christian Buffaloe recently competed in the youth division of the “2013 Kyokushin USWC Tournament” in Los Angeles. Shihan Katsuhito Gorai, tournament official from Japan, presented Christian his 2nd place trophy. Kenny Buffaloe, former Nash County resident, Christian’s Father/Trainer stands at far right. (Photo Submitted)