The PKF Senior Championships kicked off with thrilling performances, crowning new continental champions in six categories on the first day. The United States led the medal tally, securing three gold medals. Here’s a detailed breakdown of the winners in each category:

Female Kata: Sakura Kokumai's Impressive 10th Title

Sakura Kokumai of the United States triumphed in the Female Kata category, winning her 10th continental crown and fourth consecutive title. Kokumai delivered an outstanding performance, scoring 42.20 points to defeat Brazil's Gabrielle Henrique, who scored 40.30. As an Olympian and former World Championships bronze medalist, Kokumai solidifies her status as a dominant force in the discipline on the continent.

Male Kata: Ariel Torres Continues His Reign

In the Male Kata category, Ariel Torres of the United States emerged victorious, defeating compatriot Gakuji Tozaki with a score of 43.10 to 42.10. This win marks Torres' fifth continental crown, further establishing his dominance. Torres is an Olympic bronze medallist and a current World Championships bronze medallist.

Female Kumite -68 kg: Janessa Michelle Fonseca Wins First Title

Janessa Michelle Fonseca of Puerto Rico won the Female Kumite -68 kg category by defeating Anastasiia Velozo of Chile with a score of 2-1. This victory is significant for Fonseca as it is her first senior continental title in her first continental final, adding to her previous U21 continental crown from 2019.

Female Kumite 68+ kg: Brenda Padilha Pereira Claims Second Title

Brenda Padilha Pereira of Brazil secured her second continental title in the Female Kumite 68+ kg category by defeating Javiera Gonzalez of Chile 4-1. Pereira, who previously won the crown in 2022, showcased her experience and skill, dominating the match.

Male Kumite -84 kg: Fabian Huaiquiman Adds Title to World Championships Silver

Fabian Huaiquiman of Chile earned his first continental title in the Male Kumite -84 kg category with a commanding 9-1 victory over Anderson Soriano of the Dominican Republic. After winning a bronze in 2019, Huaiquiman's breakthrough performance displayed his growth and determination, adding this crown to his silver medal from the 2021 World Championships.

Male Kumite 84+ kg: Brian Irr Completes Successful Day for USA

Brian Irr of the United States captured his third continental title in the Male Kumite 84+ kg category by defeating Rob Timmermans of Curacao 9-2. Having previously won in 2018 and 2022, Irr's victory on the opening day reinforces his position as a top competitor in his weight class, wrapping up a successful day for the United States delegation.

The first day of the PKF Senior Championships in Punta del Este set an exciting tone for the competition, with athletes showcasing their skill and determination. The tournament continues on Friday with more action from Uruguay.