City’s Deia Urs clinched the Gold Medal by securing 24.8 points in the Senior Female Individual Kata Category finals at the 10th State-level Senior Karate Championships held at Jain University Campus in Bengaluru recently.
Jamuna K. Shukla of Davanagere took the Silver with 22.6 and Savitha of Dakshina Kannada settled for Bronze with 20.7 points.
The Championship was organised by Akhila Karnataka Sports Karate Association (AKSKA), recognised by Sports Authority of Karnataka.
Deia will be representing Karnataka at Karate Association of India Senior National Championships to be held on June 10 and 11 at J.J. Indoor Stadium, Kilpauk, Chennai. This is the 3rd year in succession, Deia Urs is representing the State in the Individual Kata at the Senior Nationals.
She has also represented the State in the Juniors KAI Nationals 5 times in the past. Earlier in January 2019, Deia had won Silver at the KAI Cadet, Junior and -21 National Karate Championships.
Along with Deia Urs, Pavan Kumar of Bengaluru will be representing Karnataka in the Male Kata Category. In Female Kumite, Shalini (-50kg), Lilian Christiana (-55kg), Rachana Siddesh (-61kg), Jumuna Shukla (+68kg) and in Male Kumite, Venkatesh (-55kg), Ashok Kumar (-60kg), Anand (-67kg), Suraj (-75kg), Rakshith reddy (-84 kg) and Amal Sooraj (+84 kg) will be representing the State in their respective categories. Deia holds 3rd Degree Karate Association of India Black Belt, 1st Degree Black Belt in Shorin Ryu Seibukan Karate and 1st Degree Black Belt in Shito Ryu Karate.
She is the daughter of Roopa Urs and B.S. Srinath Urs, a Certified National Karate Coach.
Both practice under All India Shito Ryu Karate Do Union President Kyoshi C. S. Arun Machaiah, who is the Vice-President of Karate Association of India and Shihan E.S. Kumar, who is the Deputy Technical Director of Karate Association of India.