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Ignas Ramanauskas

Ignas Ramanauskas

At the age of 7, a native from Kaunas, Lithuania, Ignas encountered a martial arts school that was close to his new residence in Naperville, IL, called Sharkey's Karate Studio. After a few passes by the school he was determined to go inside and try a few lessons but the only problem was his mother and him did not speak English.

After gathering enough courage they entered the studio and Ignas has been a part of the karate family ever since. Thanks to Sensei John Sharkey and Matt Mullins and their efforts, Ignas broke out of his shell and built self esteem and courage that only Martial Arts could provide. With a few years of training, Ignas began competing in the World Sport Karate Federation (WSKF) and National Black Belt League (NBL) with Team AKA where he won several national championships and really picked up the performance aspect of the sport.

Ignas began performing around the world with Sideswipe 6 years ago. His most memorable and exciting trip was last year to Japan where Sideswipe performed for the United States Navy and their families. He says "there is no better experience then seeing kids faces light up with excitement and joy, while sharing the same feeling as me when I perform." Now Sideswipe is taken the world by storm and Ignas is very thankful to be a part of this movement.

 

 


 

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