JLK Holiday Party!
Friday December, 20th
Congratulations to our recently promoted JLK Brown Belts!!
Testing started at 6am / 0600
Sat. Morning Sep, 7th.
7 youth students endured 3hrs Karate testing on all basics, kata, sparring, control, timing, distance, speed, power and discipline.
9:30am -3pm BOOTCAMP.
Test: Physical endurance and Leadership skills.
Previously shown; all bunkai, self defense and grappling in the weeks prior.
These guys did it all!!
Even lead their own troop to Victory!
We are very proud to promote each one of them to ranks of Brown Belt!
Christopher Batson / 2nd Kyu
Leland Gallegos/ 2nd Kyu
Britt Bradshaw/ 3rd Kyu
Lauren Albers/ 3rd Kyu
David Sobczak/3rd Kyu
Max Garduno/ 3rd Kyu
Allie Gallegos/ 3rd Kyu
Our JLK Annual Bootcamp was Incredibly fun!!
Thank you to all parents and students that made this event such a great experience. Thank you to all JLK senior Black and Brown Belts for helping with teaching and supervising the event and obstacles. You guys did awesome!
BIG, Huge, Thank you!! To Mrs. Amanda for designing such awesome certificates and making the goodie bag prizes for our winners and feeding the black belts with her delicious breakfast burritos 🙂 Also for her and Sara Castillo for cleaning the very dirty dojo afterwards. We all appreciate your hard work!!
Thank you to all the parents who participated in helping or bringing delicious food to our pot luck lunch, it was all so good! It was such a great time and a great experience for everyone!
Enjoy the Pics! More on James Lee Karate Facebook page!
Facebook is now a common place for friends and families to share photos, thoughts and exciting life experiences with each other. Recently their has been a shared Martial Arts “challenge” from instructors and other sensei’s to post their most memorable moments in photos of important people and experiences in our Martial arts journey. This is a fun way to experience what your sensei has done and people important to him and his path which has gotten him to where he is today.
If you have time or want to see Sensei Lee’s most important memorable times and photos of his past, tune into our JLK facebook page and check out his top 10 photos / memories of his long 30yr history in the Martial Arts.
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In March of 2019, I traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida to participate in the team trials for the AAU Karate National Team. Around 60 other athletes were also there, all of them performing at a very high level. After two days of evaluation in kata, kumite, and athletic ability, we were sent home to wait for an email notifying us of whether or not we had made the team. When I got the email, I was very excited to learn that I had been selected to join the team at not only one but two tournaments in Europe in mid-June. For the second tournament in Bratislava, Slovakia, around 80 athletes would be going. However, for the first tournament, I had been one of only nine athletes selected, which I was very honored to be. I am very lucky to have the dojo family and community that I have because in the time leading up to the trip when fundraising was needed, I had the full support of everyone around me.
When the time finally came, I, along with eight other athletes, three coaches, and several parents made the long trip to Budapest, Hungary. This particular event, the ISF World Combat Games, was a special event for high school-aged students competing in four different sports: wrestling, judo, tae kwon do, and karate. Though we didn’t mingle much, it was amazing to see the most elite young athletes from all over the world all in one place. In several years, the people we saw will most likely be representing their countries in the Olympics. After a day of training and an opening ceremony during which I got to carry the American flag, competition began on the third day of our stay. Female kata went first and was followed by all light-weight kumite divisions, my division being first. There were six in total, split into two groups of three for round robin competition. I fought a Ukrainian first and lost 4-0, and then fought a Hungarian and lost by about the same margin. They were the fastest and smartest fighters I have ever gone up against. Other members of the team later found out the same. On day two, I competed in kata first thing in the morning. The score I received was not enough to move on to the second of three rounds, and so I was done. Overall, the team left with three bronze medals.
We finished competing in Budapest on Wednesday of that week, hopped on a bus that night, and found ourselves competing in Bratislava, Slovakia the next morning. Over three days, I competed in two kata divisions and three kumite divisions. My performance in those days got better with each day as I relaxed and learned from the previous day’s events. On the final day, in the 16-17 -55kg advanced kumite division, I finally got my first win, where I felt like my head cleared and my body fell into a groove. Unfortunately, I lost the next fight to a Romanian who would later win first place. However, I had done enough to secure third place, my first international medal.
Though it was tiring, daunting, and frustrating, the trip was especially enriched by the people around me. The chanting, cheering, high-fives, and words of encouragement never stopped. The coaches were passionate about helping us win, but were caring and reasonable. The friendships and memories I made will never be forgotten, nor will the incredible experiences of being overseas. I intend to use as much of what I learned as possible from that trip to help me as I continue to grow.
We are very proud of our Competition team that traveled to Chicago, Illinois last weekend to compete in the USA National Karate-Do Federation National Championship. The competition was filled with thousands of top National level Competitors from all of the country! With as many as 20-40 competitors in some divisions battling it out for top 3 spots made for a very tough four days of competition.
First, I would like to thank Sensei Paul Witt for handling all coaching responsibilities for the team as Sensei Lee could not make the trip this year. Sensei Paul did an amazing job coaching our athletes in the trenches of spirited competition. I would also like to thank the parent volunteers for assisting in organizing our team in the staging areas and around the arena.
Our 2019 JLK team consisted of seven athletes. Most of whom competed in all three categories, Kobudo (weapons) Kata (forms) Kumite (sparring). Although a few of them won 2-4 rounds during competition, with the large number of competitors they still fell short of making the podium. However the team did bring home a few National Championship medals back to Colorado!
Paul Witt – Bronze Kumite
Charity Batson – Gold Kumite, Gold Kata
Christopher Batson – Bronze in Kobudo
Britt Bradshaw – Silver Kobudo
Max Garduno – Silver Kobudo
Jade Garduno and Sebastian Witt did not medal this time.
Sebastian Witt who just recently flew home from Slovakia won Bronze at the AAU World Championships!
JLK is very proud of our team and parents taking the time to train hard and making the trip to Chicago to compete against the best Martial artist in the country! Way to go!!
The American Junior Karate League (AJKL) host a series of 6 high quality and professional ran tournaments which were held in 6 different regions of the country. Christopher and his family John and Charity Batson attended every one of them. Christopher made the podium and medaled in all 6 tournaments. He earned points for every 1st – 3rd place win and finished #1 in the Country in Both Kata and Kumite!
Here is the list of States and cities the Batson Family traveled for Christopher to be able to competent all of the AJKL series events…
Indianapolis, IN. Orlando, FL. Dallas TX. Seattle,WA. San Jose CA. Pittsburgh, PA.
As Pittsburgh was the last AJKL tournament of this year, Christopher finished the event series ranked #1 in KATA and ranked #1 in KUMITE for all 10 -11 year old intermediates in the country.
All of us at JLK are Super Proud of him!!
All of your hard work and many hours at the dojo has definitely paid off. You competed against top athletes around the Country and proved to be the Best, Way to go!!! Thats the JLK Fighting Spirit!
Christopher is 11 years old, he is going into 6th grade at Eagle Valley Middle School. He is a 3rd Kyu Brown Belt at James Lee’s Karate. Christopher will be competing at the USA NKF National Championships in Chicago, Illinois July 2019.
JLK was well represented with a total of 26 JLK athletes competing at the 2019 Rocky Mountain Regional Championships in Louisville Colorado May 5th.
The competition was very tough with very good teams from Florida, Texas, Indiana, Arizona, Wisconsin, the Best of Colorado, even International teams traveling from Canada and Bulgaria! Bulgaria and USA National Team members were also competing in various youth and adult divisions. The competition in all divisions were very good, skilled, highly talented athletes with some divisions having 20-30 competitors!
It was going to be a tough day for anyone and everyone competing. It was going to take skill, focus, and determination to make it to the top 3 spots on the Championship Podium.
With the help of our coaches Sensei James Lee, Sensei Amanda Lee and Sensei Paul Witt, our Team was in good hands and well prepared for the challenge.
JLK team won a total of 36 medals!
8- Gold. 13-Silver 15 Bronze
Kata= Technical Forms Kumite = Fighting Weapons = Technical form with weapon
Sebastian Witt -Bronze Elite WKF Kata
Paul Witt – Bronze Kumite
Joseph Lee – Gold Kata
Alexis Davis- Silver Kata & Kumite
Noland Emrich- Bronze Kumite & Weapons
Britt Bradshaw – Silver Kumite & Weapons
Zachary Bourke Bronze Kumite
Allie Gallegos – Bronze Kata, Silver Kumite
Brett Cliver – Bronze Kumite & Weapons
Kitz Petrovski – Silver Kata & Kumite
Bella Bigley – Gold kumite, Silver in Kata & Weapons
Max Garduno Gold Kumite & Bronze weapons
Jade Garduno- Silver Kata & Kumite
Silas Lovgren – Gold Kumite & Weapons, Bronze Kata
Henry Sheldon – Gold Kumite
Hattie Hiatt – Gold Kata, Bronze Kumite
Lauryn Albers – Bronze Kata
Isaac Conrad – Bronze Kumite
Reid Albers – Silver Kata, Bronze Kumite
Ethan Stovie – Silver Kata, Gold Kumite
Jet Cole – Bronze Kata
Also competing but not making top 3 podium spots were…
Javid Reyes, Sebastian Sanchez, David Sobczak, Grayson Brown. Leland Gallegos
Here are just a few pictures, (not all)