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2011 IMA Utah Family Karate Tournament - 5th Annual
November, 2011 ~ Cottonwood Heights, UT

We had 32 competitors. (34 registered but 2 could not compete)
We took 44 medals total ! (not including participation medals)
14 Gold    15 Silver    15 Bronze   

Some highlights:

  1. Aeddan Winter and Josiah Barnett were bumped up from the 5-year-old division to the 6 and 7-year-old division where they joined Max Connor (all three are Montessori Kids or former Montessori kids). The three of them dominated this group taking 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in both Kata and kumite. We had great performances from other Montessori kids ( Saya, 1st Kumite and 2nd Kata; Jude Camp 3rd kata; Sam Bernard 3rd kata and kumite; Jack, Adam, and James, all 1st time competitors, did not place, but had really good performances during the tournament.)

  2. Andy Nou had a superb performance taking his long time rival out by a wide margin in the elimination matches and subsequently beating in the final a Junior Black belt who trained at our dojo for 4 years before moving to a different dojo 4 years ago.

  3. Kristin Zimmerman taught everybody a great lesson about what it means to have "budo spirit." Neither her toe injury, nor her missing car key constituted enough obstacle for her. She rode a cab to come to the tournament and took 1st place in kumite and and in Kata. Loren Connor, who is another examplar of budo spirit, took 1st kata and 2nd kumite.

  4. The revelations at this tournament were Aristide (one of our African refugee kids who took 1st place kumite in a very difficult group) and John Curl. John conquered his fear and brilliantly fought his way to the 3rd place match where he lost after ties during both the regular and the overtime bouts. He even tied a 3rd time in the referee panel's decision (2 to 2). The head referee of his match had to render a final decision through what we call in our jargon a "casting vote."

    I have not mentioned many people here who did equally well. I was very proud of all the competitors who excitingly decided to enter the competition and tried their best. They all did very well. As I have always said, karate competition is more about personal improvement than medals/trophies. Although medals are nice accessories to get, everyone of our competitors were winners at this tournament. Thanks for your effort toward improvement. Thank you to all the parents and particularly to our former and new sponsors.

    Keep up with the good work.

Results from IMA Utah Family Tournament

  1. Andy Nou 2nd kata, 1st kumite
  2. Alassane Niang 2nd kumite
  3. Soumine Mahamat 3rd kata
  4. Ali Mahamat 1st kata 1st kumite
  5. Aristide 1st kumite
  6. Saya Zelenik 2nd kata 1st kumite
  7. Josiah Barnett 2nd kata 2nd kumite
  8. Harvey Nexhip 2nd kata 1st kumite
  9. Matilda Nexhip 3rd kata 2nd kumite
  10. Aeddan Winter 1st kata 3rd kumite
  11. Brandon Lee 1st kata 2nd kumite
  12. Angel Moreno 2nd kata 3rd kumite
  13. Andrew Lopez 3rd kata 1st kumite
  14. Leila Mujic 3rd kata 3rd kumite
  15. Kristin Zimmerman 3rd kata 1st kumite
  16. Loren Connor 1st kata 2nd kumite
  17. Max Connor 3rd kata 1st kumite
  18. Irma Garcia 1st kumite
  19. Sam Bernard 3rd kata 3rd kumite
  20. Leon Chodos 3rd kata
  21. Abraham Wali 2nd kata 2nd kumite
  22. Arnold Nidijigoto 3rd kata 1st kumite
  23. Nairobi Nidijigoto 2nd kata 2nd kumite
  24. Jude Camp 3rd kata
  25. Vanessa Escobar 2nd kata 3rd kumite
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At IMA-International Budokan we teach traditional Japanese, traditional Shotokan based on the philosophies of the founder of Shotokan karate-do, Gichin Funakoshi. Our students learn in a safe and fun environment, and are taught traditional karate with the use of basics (kihon), forms (kata), and sparring (kumite), and achieve great success in local, national, and international karate tournaments and karate competitions.

National and international karate tournaments include:

  • USA National Championship and Team Qualifiers, Reno, Nevada
  • USA Open Karate Championships, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • IMA Rocky Mountain Karate Championship, Louisville, Colorado
  • IMA North Fork Karate Championship, Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Colorado State Championship, Eagle, Colorado.
  • IMA Annual Championship in Utah, Northwest Recreation Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Intermountain Karate Championship, Park City, Utah

Local karate tournament locations include: Salt Lake City, Park City, UT West Valley City, UT, Cottonwood, UT, Sandy, UT,

Karate classes and competition training are offered at dojos throughout the Salt Lake Valley in Utah, serving: Parleys Canyon, Glendale, The Avenues, Cottonwood, Cottonwood West, Downtown Salt Lake, Murray, Holladay, West Valley, Salt Lake Valley, Sugar House (Sugarhouse), Millcreek, East Millcreek, Canyon Rim, Cottonwood Heights, Mt. Olympus, 9th & 9th, Indian Hills, Emigration Canyon, Harvard-Yale, Yalecrest, Liberty Park, 15th & 15th, University of Utah, Draper, Sandy, East Bench.

Dojo locations for karate lessons and competition classes include:

  • Redwood Recreation Center in West Valley City, Utah - Main Dojo
  • Central City Recreation Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Draper Recreation Center, Draper, UT
  • Northwest Community Center, Salt Lake City, Utah