Yamila Marcu with her Sensei Prince Loeffer
Bushido Award
2017 Winner - 
Yamila Marcu
The Nikkei Karate Committee is proud to announce the 2017 Budo award to Yamila Marcu of the Shugyokan Dojo in Gardena under Sensei Prince Loeffler. She has been a consistent competitor that always is willing to assist others. The amazing thing is she is 14 years old and has the skill and maturity of a much older karateka. She frequently medals in WKF and USNKF competitions and at the dojo loves sharing her karate experiences by helping her younger team mates giving them private help and encouragement. She is a prime example of a true karateka displaying not only excellent skill but humility as well, giving back to the art of karate through her teaching.

Congratulations Yamila !


The Bushido Award is given to the competitor that has demonstrated karate in the true spirit of budo. It is not necessarily given to the best competitor but is also awarded for extrodinary displays of sportsmanship and spirit.

The winner is selected by the Nikkei Karate Committee. A trophy is awarded and the winner recognized at the subsequent years event. Winners need not be selected every year, only if a competitor displays the necessary qualifications.

When we select an award winner, it is not about the who the best fighter is or who does the best kata. It is primarily about demonstration of the martial spirit. It is about a competitor that exemplifies the true values of Bushido (warrior’s code). Proper attitude is paramount. The competitor is a humble when winning and is respectful when losing. When fighting, the competitor exercises proper control and constantly demonstrates good sportsmanship.