Local karate students take over National Championships | VailDaily.com

Local karate students take over National Championships

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Recently at the U.S. Karate Alliance 2006 National Championships in Albuquerque N.M., students from James Lee’s Karate School earned 19 national titles.Lee’s school brought 41 students to the two-day competition that featured 600 athletes. The students, who qualified by placing anywhere from first to fourth at a state, regional, national or world competition, earned a 53 top-five finishes.Although the school does not just train for competition, the art of Korean Karate is a martial art that executes stand-up fighting abilities like kicking, punching, elbows, knee lifts as well as throws, takedowns, leg sweeps, ground fighting and grappling skills. “Our art is well-rounded in all aspects of self defense. We do not change anything for tournaments. Using the same speed, power, timing and distance in our day-to-day workouts also helps us to be very successful in tournaments,” said James Lee, owner and chief instructor of the school.Julie Alt, Bruce Hasbrouck, John Huffman and John Readle each won two titles.”I can honestly say that all my students trained very hard for three months and focused on all aspects of their training,” Lee said. “The trophies mean nothing. The true reward is in their loyalty, ability and integrity. They all have improved greatly physically and mentally from all the preparation they did for the nationals.”For more information on James Lee’s Karate School of Champions go to http://www.jamesleekarate.com.Vail, Colorado

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