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Top karate competitors to converge on Park City

Submitted by Jepperson Karate Dojos

Jepperson Karate Dojos (JKD), Utah’s only USA-National Karate Federation, USOC-sanctioned karate school, will host the second annual USA Karate-Utah State Championships and National Qualifier Tournament for Olympic Sport Karate on Saturday, March 6, at the Park City Racquet Club.

The competition will include kata (traditional karate forms) and kumite (sparring). All ages and styles are invited to attend.

The tournament will bring some of the top karate competitors in the country, including Tom Scott, current North American Cup champion. National team members from Colorado and Texas will be in attendance. Local athletes include Jon Groot and Heidi Taylor, both past Utah grand champions. Competitors who have competed internationally include Andy Jepperson and Joe Talerico. In addition, schools from around the country including Tennessee, Arizona and California will be in attendance.

JKD also will host a USA Karate Referee Training Seminar on Friday, March 5. The course will be conducted by Sensei Fariba Madani member USA-NKF Referee Committee, PKF & WKF karate referee. Also on Friday, March 5, Dr. Massimo Testa will be presenting a special seminar in conjunction with the competition. He will be speaking at 6 p.m. at the Utah Olympic Park.

Jepperson Karate Dojos have schools in Park City, Sandy, Utah and Rock Springs, Wyo. JKD teaches Wado Ryu, a traditional Japanese form of karate. The schools offer classes for all ages, including specialized competition training. Sensei Doug Jepperson head instructor for the JKD group, has been teaching in Utah since 1979. He is a certified referee with the USA National Karate Federation, member U.S.Olympic Committee.

Seminar and tournament information and registration is available at or at (801) 347-4815.