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2013 USA Open Karate Championship
2013 Junior International Cup Karate Championship

March 2013 ~ Las Vegas, NV

We had 15 competitors
We took 20 medals total ! (not including participation medals)
3 Gold    5 Silver    12 Bronze   

About 2000 Athletes from 45 countries participated in these events.

Results for our 15 competitors in the 2013 Junior International Cup

  1. Aeddan Winter (Gold in Kata)
  2. Carys Winter (Gold Kata, silver Kumite)
  3. Nairobi Nodjigoto (Silver Kumite)
  4. Arnod Nodjigoto (Silver Kata, Silver Kumite)
  5. Pearl Mensah-Coker (Sunshine) - Silver Kumite
  6. Abraham Wali (Bronze Kata, bronze kumite)
  7. Max Barnard (Bronze Kata, bronze kumite)
  8. Matilda Nexhip (Bronze kumite)
  9. Harvey Nexhip (Bronze kumite)
  10. Josiah Barnett (Participation medal)
  11. Ben Vo-Duc (Participation medal)
  12. Soumaine Mahammat (Participation medal)
  13. Andrew Lopez (Participation medal)
  14. Malachi Barela (Participation medal)
  15. Angel Moreno (Participation medal)
Results for our 11 competitors in the USA Open
  1. Abraham Wali (Gold in Kumite)
  2. Carys Winter (Bronze in Kata, bronze in Kumite)
  3. Aeddan Winter ( Bronze in Kumite)
  4. Arnod Nodjigoto (Bronze in Kumite)
  5. Nairobi Nodjigoto (Bronze in Kumite)
  6. Harvey Nexhip (Bronze in Kumite)
  7. Matilda Nexhip (Participation medal)
  8. Soumaine Mahammat (Participation medal)
  9. Ben Vo-Duc (Participation medal)
  10. Josiah Barnett (Participation medal)
  11. Angel Moreno (Participation medal)
All these athletes went through very rigorous training and have made a lot of improvement while preparing for the tournament, which is exactly the goal of our participation in tournaments. Medals are just a means to an end, and that end is helping our children grow into responsible citizens who have high moral values and understand the importance of discipline and hard work.

Please join me in congratulating the kids and their coaches, Alassane Niang and Mike Totzke. Thank you to the Parents'Committee for its valuable support. Special thanks to John Barela, Susan Winter, Susan Nexhip, George Vo-Duc, Jennifer Niang for all the behind the scene acts they had to pull together to make our trip a success.

© 2001-2018 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, East Bench.

Dojo locations for karate lessons and competition classes include:

  • Redwood Recreation Center in West Valley City, Utah
  • Central City Recreation Center in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Northwest Community Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Rowland Hall, on the East Bench, Salt Lake City, Utah