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Utah State Karate Championship and National Qualifier
June 16, 2012 ~ Park City, UT

We had 25 competitors (27 registered but 2 could not compete)
We took 42 medals total !
8 Gold    16 Silver    15 Bronze    3 Participation

Congratulations to the IMA Budokan competitors and our great fan club (parents). This year Utah State Karate Championship was a great success for our dojo. We had 27 registered competitors 25 of whom showed up. Those 25 competitors brought home 42 medals. Please join me in congratulating all these athletes.


  1. Carys Winter - Bronze in Kata.
  2. Aeddan Winter - Bronze Kata, bronze kumite
  3. Gabriel Chodos - Silver Kata, silver kumite
  4. Leon Chodos - Silver kata, silver kumite
  5. Ben Vo-Duc - Silver Kata, bronze kumite
  6. Kristin Zimmerman - Silver kata, silver kumite
  7. George Vo-Duc - Bronze Kata in the 35 and older adult black belt division.
  8. Ali Mahamat - Bronze kata, bronze kumite
  9. Soumain Mahamat - Bronze kata,silver kumite,
  10. Nairobi Nodjigoto - Gold kata, silver kumite.
  11. Arnaud Nodjigoto - Silver kata, silver kumite.
  12. Aristide Reunodji - Silver kata, silver kumite.
  13. Abraham Wali - Gold Kata, gold kumite.
  14. Josiah Barnett - Silver Kata, gold kumite.
  15. Adam Dorsky - Silver Kata.
  16. Saya Zeleznik - Bronze kata
  17. Conor Smith - Bronze kata, bronze kumite.
  18. Brandon Le - Gold kata, silver kumite
  19. Andy Nou - Bronze kata, bronze kumite.
  20. Angel Moreno - Bronze kumite.
  21. Andrew Lopez - Bronze kata, Gold Kumite.i
  22. Jim McDonough - Gold kata, gold kumite.
  23. Malachi Barela - Participation medal.
  24. Matvey Starykh - Participation medal.
  25. Ashai Dangabot - Participation medal.


  • Every competitor who has been regularly training at our dojo for at least 6 months has won a bronze medal or better (an indication that the secret to winning is training).
  • One new medalist (Conor Smith) has joined the club of our Montessori karate champions, which now includes: Ben Vo-Duc, Aeddan Winter, Josiah Barnett, Saya Zelzenik, Max Connor, Adam Dorsky, Jude Camp, Sam Berard, James O'connel, Conor Smith. I am confident that more will soon follow.
  • Loren, Max Connor, Harvey and Matilda, your absences were felt at this tournament. On behalf of the dojo, I wish a wonderful trip to the Nexhips. To the Connors, I would like to say: you will be missed at the dojo when you leave.
  • To all our athletes who were injured in diverse circumstances and sports prior to this tournament(Benjamin, Sam, Alassane), I wish you all prompt recovery and speedy return to karate training.

Thank you to Senpai Wendy, Jennifer Niang, and Alassane for coaching the kids at the tournament.

© 2001-2022 Amadou Niang, Salt Lake City, Utah

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