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Park City Karate to host contest

Submitted by Kathy Eckel,

Park City Karate will be hosting the eighth annual USA Karate Utah State Championships and National Qualifier on Saturday, May 21, at the Park City Municipal Athletic & Recreation Center (PC MARC). Special seminars will be held at PC MARC on May 20.

The competition will include kata (traditional karate forms) and kumite (sparring) and all ages and karate styles are invited to compete. The tournament will bring some of the top karate competitors from around the country, including Texas, Arizona, Colorado, California and Oregon.

In the eighth year of this exciting annual tournament, Park City Karate is excited to present two very special seminars on Friday, May 20. Seminars will be in both kata and kumite, and these seminars are open to all ages and all belt ranks.

Team USA Captain Tom Scott, currently ranked the No. 1 World Karate Federation 75K fighter, will be teaching a special kumite seminar.

Akira Fukuda, known as "The Kata Guru," is a USA National Team kata coach and former Pan American gold medalist and will be presenting a kata seminar.

The seminars will be held Friday, May 20, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fees are $35 for one seminar and $50 for both. This is a wonderful opportunity to train with some of the best nationally and internationally recognized karate experts.

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The Utah State Karate Championship is also a regional qualifier for the National Competition that will be held in July in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Whether you wish to compete or just enjoy the excitement of a karate tournament, the Utah State Championship is a great opportunity to see some of the very best karate on display.

Park City Karate is the only Summit County karate school that is a member of the USA Karate Federation (USA-NKF) and sanctioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The USA-NKF is the national governing body for sport karate. The USA-NKF works to develop athletes and technical personnel who will prove throughout the world that the United States is a true international leader in martial arts.

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