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Ethan Wachsman Masters Kumite Karate

National Karate Champ

Adam Sirota isn’t the only Roslyn youngster who excels in highly disciplined sports on a national level. While Adam is a budding marathon star, 9-year-old Ethan Wachsman has already won a slew of gold and silver medals at national tournaments in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Las Vegas.


According to his mother, Jacqueline, Ethan has been training in Shotokan karate since he was 4 1/2 years old. In the summer of 2012, the training began to pay off in a big way as Ethan won two gold medals in kumite sparring at the United States of America National Karate Federation (USANKF) tournament in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Along with other members of the Tokey Hill Martial Arts squad of Port Washington, Ethan won a team gold in kumite. In fact, Ethan currently reigns as the current USANKF national champion for 9 year olds in advance kumite. 


Ethan made his mark as a top karate competitor in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. But he continued his momentum last March at the USA Open for 8- and 9-year-olds in Las Vegas. There, Ethan took a gold medal in individual kumite competition for 8- to 9-year-olds. He also took a silver medal in team kumite. To round off his big weekend in Nevada, Ethan earned a silver medal at the Junior International Cup. “He’s had a terrific season,” Ethan’s obviously proud mother told The Roslyn News. 


When translated literally from Japanese, kumite karate means “grappling hands.” The central purpose is to practice control and accuracy and later, speed and power. Blocking punches and delivering counterattacks are also key elements of kumite karate. The aim of kumite is for students to perfect their karate technique. 


Ethan trains year round at Tokey Hill Martial Arts in Port Washington. He lives in Roslyn with his parents and attends Harbor Hill Elementary School. 


“He trains hard and his work has been paying off,” Jacqueline added. “We are hoping he continues to meet with success.”