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Return to Our Champions' Corner
2017 Rocky Mountain Karate Championship
May 7, 2017 ~ Louisville, CO

We had 12 competitors.
We took 20 medals total !
8 Gold    7 Silver    5 Bronze   

12 athletes, four parents and three officials represented our dojo to the 2017 Rocky Mountain Championship. There were over 300 competitors among whom a lot of high caliber athletes from USA National team, Canada, Russia, Iran, Nepal, and many states across the nation.


  1. Mady Niang silver Kata, silver Kumite
  2. Sohum Krishna gold Kata, silver Kumite
  3. Juan Garcia gold Kata, gold Kumite
  4. Delicia Iteriteka bronze Kata, silver Kumite
  5. Nairobi Nodjigoto Bronze Kumite (Nairobi went on to win bronze after losing his first match against two times World silver medalist and three times European gold medalist, Saeid Ahmadi).
  6. Aeddan Winter Silver Kata (Junior Black belt division) gold Team Kata
  7. Laureat, bronze Kata and silver Kumite
  8. Carys Winter bronze Kumite (Junior Black Belt Division), gold Team Kata.
  9. Spencer Fayles silver Kata, gold Team Kata, gold Kumite
  10. Mamadou Tounkara gold Kata, silver Kumite
  11. Jim McDonough - 4th Kata and Kumite (Masters' Division division)
  12. Idrissa N'daye (very good performance in the Men's Elite division).
  13. Jim McDonough and Idrissa N'diaye both passed their first karate judge license (Kumite Judge License D)
Congratulations to all our competitors. We will now be preparing for the Utah State Championship in Park City on June 3.

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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