Competing in the Ocean State Grand Nationals: Rob Ackerman

Rob Ackerman, posing with the impressive second-place trophy – Courtesy image (c) 2017 all rights reserved

Special to The Bedford Citizen

Rob Ackerman, a student at Endicott College and an instructor at Callahan’s Karate Studio in Bedford, recently took part in the Ocean State Grand Nationals, a nationally rated karate tournament in Warwick, RI. He competed in two divisions, each with athletes from around the United States, many of whom hold World Championship titles.

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In the Men’s 18+ Black Belt Extreme Weapons division Ackerman earned second place. “As my best placement a national tournament since I began competing at a national level in 2014,” he said, “I am certainly proud of how far I have come.”

Ackerman dropped his swords during a release in his first year of competition, so the second-place finish represents a significant accomplishment.

The final standings – Courtesy image (c) 2017 all rights reserved

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