I never had the chance to post the results of my students competing at the R.A.G.E. Karate Championship in May, so now I’m gonna take a few minutes and let everyone know how they did.
We had a few students compete for the first time, and they did great for their 1st tourney. I hope to see them go at it more often!!
Before we go on, some of my students were bumped up to the intermediate division, which is obviously a more challenging division, but for the most part, they did great.
Cody R. competed for the 1st time and he got 3rd in forms and 4th in sparring. He won his first fight, but seemed winded when he fought his 2nd and 3rd fights.
Colby B. competed in his 2nd tournament of the year and got 4th in forms and 3rd in fighting. He got injured during the match and was down too, but came back to win the match!
Logan H. competed in his first tournament this year and got 5th in forms and a finalist in sparring. Not bad for his 1st tourney.
Mollee H. (Logan’s sister) got 4th in forms, and a finalist in sparring. She had a tough match…
Caleb D. was in the same division of Molle, and he got 3rd in forms and had a very tough match in sparring. This girl had legs up to her chin and ended up winning the division.
Madeline competed for the 1st time this year too and she was in a tough division, competing with intermediates. She got 2nd in forms and was only 200th of a point away from tying for 1st place. And she got 4th in sparring in a division of all boys… She was very impressive.
Rosey C. competed again in forms and got 6th in forms. Next time she will get to spar, as she is now eligible to spar in class.
Nick P. competed again, and made some improvements by getting 3rd in forms and 3rd in sparring, with a great 2nd match.
Luana L. also competed for the 2nd time this year and go 4th in forms and 2nd in sparring with an impressive 2nd match.
Great job guys! You guys did awesome!!!
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So this is the 5280 Challenge Karate Championships. Denver Karate Academy use to host this annual tournament in Denver, Colorado — but after a few years and all the stress, they decided to stop hosting it. Anyways, I believe this is August 2001, and I was at my prime. Though, I still think I’m at my prime!!
I’m the white fighter closet to the camera. My fighting style had slightly changed in this tournament, and I’m not sure if I’m a big fan… either way, it worked because I won the match.
If you have been keeping up with my posts, this is the 2nd Karate Fight of The Week.
I’ve decided to change it up a bit, and not necessarily keep the same tournaments, rather jump around to different tournamnets and matches.
This next fight was a hearbreaker… The Karate school I use to teach at, Denver Karate Academy, put together a 3 Man Fighting Team. I was the only Black Belt at the school, and therefore anchored our team. Meaning I was the last fighter, and needed to pick up all points that we were behind. Unfortunately, my studetns were underbelts and they fought Black Belts. I felt confident they could hang with ANYONE… and they did. But sometimes, the head game plays a role in your fighting.
Anyways, in this match I’m the guy in the white trying to score 10 plus points to win the match. I came close, but like the great Bear Bryant said before: “We didn’t lose, we just ran out of time”. I ran out of time.
From what I remember, this is my first tournament in Colorado. I had moved from Tennessee in 1999 and started teaching at Denver Karate Academy. I was only 19 years old at the time and beginning to figure out how the Adult Heavy Weight division worked because it is completely different when you are 17 and fighting as a Junior. And, it typically takes about 1 year to make a fair transition.
I am the fighter with the black uniform and yellow helmet – furthest from the camera.
Delivering A Full Cup of News With Kicks & Punches
First, I want to say thanks to all of you for joining The Dojo of Karate and training at this amazing school. Your enthusiasm & positive thoughts have been greatly appreciated . We plan to continue to grow this studio so that our community has the opportunity to learn a great martial art, but more importantly – learn life skills such as goal setting and self-confidence.
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