Karate Club medals at Windy City Tourney

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Four members of the Rockford Karate Club (Rockford’s oldest and longest-running karate school, established in 1965) earned medals Sept. 4 at the Windy City Traditional Karate Tournament at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield Hotel in Schaumburg.

Bruce Sims, second-degree Black Belt, took first place in Kumite (free fighting) in the over 40 years of age division. John Reimers, second-degree Black Belt, took third place in Kumite in the second degree and above division. Arcadio Sanchez, third-degree Black Belt, took third place in the over 40 division. Aritomo Ito, fifth kyu (Purple Belt), took third place in the Purple Belt and below division. Reimers, Sanchez and Sims also took first place in team free fighting in the Black Belt division.

The tournament was opened to all Japanese and Okinawan style traditional karate groups. The tournament was held under the International Traditional Rules for free sparring with two-minute non-contact bouts, the first to score one full point (Ippon) or two half points (Wasa-ari) won the match.

The Windy City Tournament is a major sponsor for the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. More than 5,000 athletes from children age 5 to adults from across the country participated in the tournament. The Rockford Karate Club has helped the U.S.A.-J.K.A. Shotokan Karate of Palatine Club put on the Windy City Tournament for the past 12 years.

Rockford Karate Club is at 915 1/2 E. State St., Rockford. More info: 965-7575.

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