Sebastian Witt (Sebie) 16yr. Recently made the AAU National USA Team! He is now invited to represent the USA to compete in the World Combat Games in Budapest, Hungary and the World Championships in Bratislava, Slovakia. Sebie was one of six chosen to compete in kata (forms) AND one of ten chosen to compete in kumite (sparring). It’s rare to be chosen to compete in both disciplines.
Way to go Sebie!!
Sebie will be the first JLK Student to ever make the USA National Team and travel outside the USA for competition! Starting Karate at 4yrs old, Sebie has trained consistently at JLK for 12 years. He has won many National, Regional and State Titles over the Years. He is a Junior Black Belt and JLK Assistant Instructor. Sebie is a Sophomore at Eagle Valley High school and a all around outstanding young man. He is a role model for younger students and a Leader at JLK!
We are very proud of this young man and want to do whatever it takes to help him on this amazing path and opportunity!
As you can imagine, there are many cost involved with international travel, food, competition… and so forth. We want to help Sebie out by supporting his fundraising efforts. Please click link below for more information on how you can help this amazing young man accomplish his dreams.
James Lee just wrapped up a two week Character Development after-school program at the Brush Creek Elementary (BCE) School.
This program designed by James Lee raises money for the schools PE Dept. while teaching students the importance of having good manners, respect, self-discipline and overall good attitude. 68 BCE students participated in the program. More then 50 of them attended the final night of graduation at James Lee’s Karate Dojo. All of them earned championship medallions for their hard work and efforts in having good manners and discipline at home while showing ultimate focus in class. The program consisted in a contest between all students to earn points toward winning a championship trophy! Each student completed character development and karate practice assignments to earn points.
The students with the most points and earning trophies were:
Adrian -1st place!
Brook – 2nd place!
Danny- 3rd place!
Thank you principle Cole and PE Coach Mrs. Fullheart for allowing JLK’s character development program into your school. The program was an overwhelming success, you guys are the BEST!
James Lee’s Karate
It was an Honor to train with a Legend in the Martial Arts. Sensei Fumio Demura is a world wide legend and true master of the Martial arts. He has traveled the world for more then 50 years sharing his knowledge of Shito-ryu and traditional Karate techniques and philosophies.
Sensei Fumio Demura was the stunt double for Mr Miyagi and assistant producer of the original karate kid movie. He has been in many movies like Mortal combat, Ninja, The Next Karate Kid ,The Real Miyagi and many more. Sensei Lee has attended Sensei Demura’s seminars for more then 20 years. Sensei Demura used to put on the most exciting demonstrations every year at the USKA World and National Championships.
This year we practiced shito-ryu kata and bunkie. It was also a treat and very exciting to learn Batto (traditional Japanese sword). JLK attendees included Sensei Lee, Mrs Amanda Lee, their family Matthew, Joe, Annika, and Savanna. JLK students Christopher and Charity Batson, Britt Bradshaw, Ethan Hovey and Sebastian Sanchez.
James Lee’s Karate Competition Team attended the 2018 USA Karate Nationals & Team Trials in Reno, NV July 10-15.
The USA Karate Nationals had over 3,000 competitors! The competition was very tough as all divisions were very good and highly competitive.
This was only the second time JLK has attended the USA Karate Nationals, home to the highest level of martial arts athletes in the USA. Last year JLK only having 4 athletes attending this year was a significant increase of commitment from our team.
The JLK Team consisted of 17 athletes ranging from ages 5-45 in all skill levels from Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Advanced and ELITE!
Only two of our athletes would be competing in the ELITE divisions / USA National Team Trials.
Joseph Lee 14yr
Sebastian (Sebie) Witt 15yr.
Although neither of them made the podium this year, they both had a good showing and proved once again they could compete with the BEST anywhere we go. Both had US National Team members and International Champions drawn against the first match. Both with close scores of Sebie Kata 3-2 and Joe Fight 2-1 , fell short of the victory. We are extremely proud of these two very talented competitors taking it to the highest levels of competition and challenging themselves against the most ELITE Karate-ka in the country. These guys will be working harder then ever before to make the US National Team next year!
Before going into the Medal Count, I would like to Thank our Coaches for all of their help and tireless efforts in getting each individual athlete to the ring, coaching and mentoring them the entire weekend.
Mrs. Amanda Lee, Sensei Paul Witt, and of course Sensei James Lee (me).
Also our acting team managers / parent volunteers, Mr. and Mrs John and Charity Batson for helping our athletes while in staging and the communication with our coaches.
I would also like to thank all of the parents and teammates for their commitment, patience, and outstanding good sportsmanship while cheering for our team while in the heat of battle. It was a team effort during a very busy and crowded 4 day National competition. It took the work of the entire team for us to be successful at this event. THANK YOU ALL!!!!
Overall the 17 members of our JLK team did amazingly well and brought home 20 championship medals!
8 GOLD NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!
GOLD MEDAL WINNERS / NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Miguel Castillo -16-17 Advanced Kumite
Savanna Lee -12yr Novice kata
Christopher Batson – 10-11yr Weapons
Annika Leach – 13 yr intermediate Kumite
Citlali Garduno – Adult Weapons
Charity Batson x2 -Adult Kyu Kata / Kumite
Britt Bradshaw – 9yr Novice Kumite
SILVER MEDAL WINNERS
Britt Bradshaw -9yr Weapons
Citlali Garduno – Adult Intermediate Kata
Ried Albers – 7yr under Kumite
Maria Gonzalas – Adult Beginner Kumite
BRONZE MEDAL WINNERS
Maddox Shull x2 -10-11yr Weapons / Kumite
Lauren Albers- 10-11yr Weapons
Savanna Lee – 12-13yr Weapons
Charity Batson – Adult Weapons
Maria Gonzalas – Adult Beginner Kata
Citlali Garduno – Adult Intermediate Kumite
Zachary Bourke – 11yr Kumite
Also in attendance but not making the Podium was;
Lindsey Castillo 15yr Advanced
Max Garduno 8yr Novice
Jade Garduno 5yr Beginner
Please visit our Facebook page to follow the action as it unfolded during the event. Pictures and news post are all posted on
JLK brought 40 athletes to the 2018 Regional Rocky Mountain Championship!
This event attracts the BEST in National and International competition. Including top Level Teams from Texas, Florida, Colorado, USA National Team members, even the National Team from Ecuador was in attendance! It was very tough competition, a well run and exciting event. JLK team had lots of fun while gaining more experience getting ready for the 2018 USANKF Nationals.
The Rocky Mountain Championship also included two world class kumite (fighting) seminars taught by two USA National Team members in Tom Scott (top 3 in the world) and Cameron Madani.
We would like to thank Mr and Mrs Madani for hosting such a fantastic event and all of the referee’s and judges for their time and diligent efforts. JLK will definitely be back again next year!
40 JLK athletes won 55 Medals including 15 first places!
Enjoy a few pics here…
Our JLK competition Team competed at the “Wa no Kizuna (Bonds of Peace) Invitational Karate tournament April 14th 2018.
20 JLK Team members won 29 medals!
Including 10 first place 🥇
It was a fun event with very good competition.
Thank you Sensei Kurobane for inviting us.
Great Job and congratulations to all James Lee’s Karate Team!!
Huge Congratulations to Charity and Christopher Batson for winning Gold Medals at the US Open and the Junior International Cup!
The US Open / Junior International Cup host over 3,000 competitors with over 35 countries represented.
Beating out Fighters from USA, Venezuela, Mexico, Iraq, Chili and India! These two, a Mother / Son combo fight to the finish to each win a GOLD Medal!
That was no easy task… CONGRATULATIONS!!
Thats the JLK Fighting Spirit!