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Eight Rockford Karate Club students win 13 medals at Windy City tournament

April 14, 2010

Timothy Fine (left), first place in Kata/prearranged forms (12-year-old brown belt division); and Nathaniel McCombs, first place in Kata/forms and first place in Kihon/basics (5- to 6-year-olds green belt division). Photo provided

From press release

Students of the Rockford Karate Club competed in the “Windy City 18,” 2010 traditional karate tournament, held at the Westin Chicago Northwest Hotel (Grand Ball Room) in Itasca, Ill., March 14. The event was sponsored by the Japan Karate Association of Rolling Meadows.

Many schools throughout the region competed at the tournament. Eight students from the Rockford Karate Club made a strong showing by winning 13 medals, including seven first-place medals, three second-place medals and three third-place.

The Rockford Karate Club is the oldest karate school in the Rockford area, established in 1965. It is also one of the oldest karate schools in the state of Illinois. Children’s classes have been taught for 40 years and are very popular with the students. Instructors are now teaching children of previous students.

The club teaches a style of karate called Shotokan/Japan Karate Association. It is one of the largest styles of karate and is known for its high standards. The Rockford club is the main Dojo (place for instruction) for Shotokan karate in the Rockford area with students coming from as far as Belvidere, Pecatonica, Freeport and DeKalb to train in karate-Do.

Dylan Stupec (from left), first place in one-step attack and second place in Kumite/free fighting (teens brown belt division); Gabriel Schroepfer, first place in one-step attack, third place in Kata/forms, third place in Kihon/basics (7- to 8-year-olds orange belt division); and Brigid Schroepfer, first place in one-step attack and second place in Kata/forms (9- to 10-year-old low purple belt division). Photo provided

The club invites anyone who would like to learn and train in the traditional Japanese Shotokan style of karate to visit the club on Monday or Tuesday evening, starting with the children’s class at 6-6:55 p.m. Teens and adults classes run from 7-8:30 p.m. If you have never seen a class, this is your opportunity to talk to the instructors and students. The club is at 915-1/2 E. State St., Rockford, IL 61104. Phone: (815) 965-7575.

Winners of the medals were: Bernadette Schroepfer, third place in Kumite/free fighting (teens black belt division); Christopher Schroepfer, second place in Kumite/free fighting (teens brown belt division); Timothy Fine (first place in Kata/prearranged forms (12-year-olds brown belt division); Nathaniel McCombs, first place in Kata/forms and first place in Kihon/basics (5- to 6-year-olds green belt division); Dylan Stupec, second place in One-step attack and second place in Kata/forms (8- to 9-year-olds purple division); Gabriel Schroepfer, first place in One-step attack, third place in Kata/forms, third place in Kihon/basics (7- to 8-year-olds orange belt division) and Brigid Schroepfer, first place in One-step attack and second place in Kata/forms (9- to 10-year-olds low purple belt division).

Bernadette Schroepfer (left), third-place in Kumite/free fighting (teens black belt division) and christopher Schroepfer, second-place in Kumite/free fighting (teens brown belt division). Photo provided

From the April 14-20, 2010 issue

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