Rockford Karate Club wins 25 tournament medals

Rockford Karate Club members, back row, from left: Brigid Schoepfer, Anthony Milone, Gage Firman, Gabriel Schoepfer and Ahron Harris. Front row, from left: Ieva Suantas, Bryce Russell, Raphael Schoepfer, Daniella Mathews and Angelina Milone. (Photo provided)
Rockford Karate Club members, back row, from left: Brigid Schoepfer, Anthony Milone, Gage Firman, Gabriel Schoepfer and Ahron Harris. Front row, from left: Ieva Suantas, Bryce Russell, Raphael Schoepfer, Daniella Mathews and Angelina Milone. (Photo provided)

By Richard S. Gubbe

The Rockford Karate Club scored 25 medals in the recent 22nd annual Traditional and Shotokan & Okinawan Tournament in Chicago, 22 of them in youth divisions.

There were 10 youth students and two adults from the Rockford club who won medals at the event held in Rosemont.

Ieva Suantas won four medals, including first in Kata, first in Kihon (forms), first in Ippon Kumite (three-step sparring) and third in Team Kumite. Anthony Milone won three medals, first in Ippon Kumite, second in Kihon and third in Team Kumite. Bryce Russell won three medals, first in Kihon, second in Ippon Kumite and third in Team Kumite. Ahron Harris also won three medals, first in Kumite, second in Ippon Kumite and third in Individual Kumite. Brigid Schroepfer took two first-place medals in Jiyu-Ippon Kumite (one-step sparring) and Team Kata. Angelina Milone won two medals, second in Kihon and second in Kata. Gabriel Schroepfer won two medals, third in Kata and third in Ippon Kumite. Gage Furman took second in Kihon, Daniella Mathews third in Ippon Kumite and Raphael Schroepfer third in Kata.

In the Adult division (18-56), Colton Nickel took third in Kata and third in Kumite, and Linda Danielson took second in Kata in the women’s division (18-55).

The Rockford Karate Club is on East State Street in Rockford.

From the March 19-25, 2014, issue

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