Buckley’s David Munden has been named the head coach of Team USA adult karate, which will compete in July 2022 at the Maccabiah Games in Israel.
The Maccabiah Games, held every four years, are known as the Jewish Olympics and are said to be the third largest international multi-sport event in the world.
Team USA plans to bring more than 1,100 athletes to the event, which will join nearly 9,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries. They will participate in more than 40 different sports during the international showcase.
This will be the third time that Munden will represent the United States team at the Maccabi Games. He was the Head Coach of the Junior / Cadet Karate Teams at the 2013 and 2017 Games. Black Belt himself, he is affiliated with USA Karate and is the Head Instructor of the Japan Karate Federation NW Dojo in Auburn.
Quoted in a press release, Munden said his goal for the 2022 Games is “to help provide a vehicle for athletes to connect with Israel, with others from the United States and around the world, to establish connections (hopefully lasting), and of course to grow and excel through their training and competitions.
The first Maccabiah was held in Ramat Gan, Israel, in 1932 with the participation of 390 athletes from 18 countries. Traditionally held every four years, interrupted only by World War II, by 2017, the Games had grown to include nearly 10,000 Jewish athletes from more than 75 countries competing in 40 sports. As the third largest international multisport event in the world, it only follows the Olympics and the FIFA World Cup. The Maccabi USA delegation to the 20th Maccabiah in the summer of 2017 had 1,131 members.
About Maccabi USA
Maccabi USA is a federally recognized non-profit organization with a history of enriching Jewish life through athletic, cultural and educational programs. MUSA is the official sponsor of the United States team at the World Maccabiah Games and the Pan American and European Maccabi Games, as well as a sponsor of the JCC Maccabi Games for teens in North America.
Maccabi USA develops, promotes and supports international, national and regional sports activities and facilities. It strives to provide Jewish athletes around the world the opportunity to share their heritage and customs in competitive sporting contexts.