40th anniversary King Cobra Tournament

January 31, 2016 7:58 AM | James Stuber (Administrator)

on January 30,2016 the Karate Institute of America students participated in the 40th Annual King Cobra Tournament in Erie PA. Grandmaster Madry along with Sensei Stuber took students to the tournament some for the first time in an outside event.Theier were many alumni of the tournament host by Master John Barton.

Over 600 competitors gathered at the event from New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Florida Canada and even England.The KIA has particicpated in this event for many years going back to the begining in 1976.

There were many famous Martial artist that attended that started out in this event. Everett Eddy Artis Simmons John Bell, Dennis Janes, and Billy Blanks . For those of you that do not recognize Billy Blanks he is responsible for the TaeBo  exercise program.

THe KIA students this year were Caleb Hawkins who fought hard but did not place in sparring and gathered a 1st place in Weapons Kata.

Alex King who also fought hard losing his match 5-3  but held his own in the Advanced division as he was moved up from the intermediate division. We are proud of the way you fought Alex. Mr. King also took 2nd place in Kata.

John Smith from Munson Had a good outing gatrhering a 4th place in Kata and a 3rd place in Sparring Doing this in his first outrside tournament was quite an accomplishment. Good Job Sir.

Sensei Salvadore Ccompeting in this event in black belt division gained great experience. He did a nice job with a large division and will assuredly be rerady to advanced in his next competition.

Sensei Peters also in the same division did well for his first outing in a while in a large tournament event. Sensei Peters lost his first match 5-3 but was paired up to someone that made him look small. You just never know who you have to fight. 

Overall the KIA students represented the KIA well at the Cobra and are looking forward to the next event.

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