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Parkites medal at national karate tournament

Submitted by Park City Karate

The USA National Karate Federation recently held its 2012 national tournament and Park City Karate was there. Seven students along with their families, coaches and instructors traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to compete against karate athletes from around the world. According to the USA NKF, this was the largest national competition in its history.

The event took place over four days with thousands of athletes competing in kata (forms with and without weapons) and kumite (fighting) in either individual matches or with teams. Competitors from Park City Karate included Jill and Rose McLaughlin (mother and daughter), Stephanie Kauffman, Katie Mullaly, Kip Christensen, and Kia and Kenyan Comstock. The entire team performed and fought incredibly well and brought home five bronze, two silver and one gold medal. Of note, Rose McLaughlin competed beautifully for her gold in kata and Kip Christensen fought three great matches for his bronze.

Park City Karate’s competition team has been training for these events since October and has traveled to a number of tournaments including the U.S. Open in Las Vegas. Coaches for the team have all been certified through the USA National Karate Federation and have extensive backgrounds not only in karate, but also teaching, physiology and sports performance.

The team is now taking a break but will begin competition training again this fall. All karate students are invited to join the team and train for these great competitions. For more information on the competition team, please call (435) 655-5755.

In addition to competition, the USA NKF Technical Committee held its black belt testing and Katie Mullaly, Park City Karate student and coach, was awarded her first degree black belt. The Technical Committee is composed of representatives of each of the major karate styles in the world. The members of this committee represent the most experienced and successful people in their field.

Park City Karate teaches the traditional style of karate. Its school offers classes for all ages, including specialized competition training. Sensei Doug Jepperson, the head instructor for Park City Karate, is a member of the USA National Karate Federation Technical Committee.

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For more information on Park City Karate’s classes and programs please visit or call (435) 655-5755.