MDC’s Karate Kid Captures International Title David Guillermo Sánchez Bavaresco proudly represented Miami Dade College recently at the U.S. Karate Open in Las Vegas. Sánchez Bavaresco, a slender 5-foot-7-inch, 140-pound black belt, became an international champion by defeating a Canadian in the first round, a competitor from Japan in the second round, a fellow American in the semifinal and a Colombian in the final. Competing against other adult men in the 75-kilograms weight class – which equates to 165 pounds and under – Sánchez Bavaresco rose to the occasion, showing his preparation, skill, technique, athleticism, strength and determination. “It was one of the best feelings in my life,” said Sánchez Bavaresco, a 21-year-old who fled the political unrest of his native Venezuela three years ago, opting to come to the U.S. “Winning this championship was one of my goals, and I’m thrilled I could do it for my new country and my school,” said the proud MDC student who now calls the U.S. home. Sánchez Bavaresco’s ultimate goal is to represent the U.S. in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. He’s got more work to do, but he is certainly off to a great start.
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