It may be a little bit off the radar screen when it comes to traditional sporting events, but Chinese Kara-Ho Kempo Karate was a big draw at the Wyoming State Games Karate Tournament, held earlier this summer in Casper.
Several members of the Gillette Chinese Kara-Ho Kempo Karate School participated in the games. Led by Shihan Harry Kimbley, who teaches the martial art twice a week in Gillette, members of the school racked up some impressive results.
Kara-Ho Kempo, which translates into the unity of spirit, mind, soul and body, is a martial art created in the 1930s by William Kwai Sun Chow. The system can best be described as a series of rapid punches or kicks to the vital areas of an opponent. The system calls for an equal use of both the hands and feet and also teaches self-defense techniques against weapons and multiple attackers.
Part of the Kara-Ho Kempo curriculum consists of empty hand and weapons kata, featuring weapons originating in Okinawa, Japan, China, and the Philippines.
Kimbley took students of varying experience to the tournament and they produced some outstanding results.
Those that placed at the tournament included:
Paige Jaramillo: third place in kata for ages 8-10 beginners.
Mike Pope: second place in kata for ages 35 and over beginner.
Trisha Jones: first place sparring, second place kata for ages 6-7 beginner.
Eduardo Ulloa: second place sparring for ages 11-13 beginner.
Korrie Jaramillo: second place kata for ages 11-13 beginner and second place sparring in intermediate.
Kenneth Jones: first place kata for ages 11-13 beginner, second place in weapons kata and third place sparring in intermediate.
Kenneth and Trisha Jones also competed at the fourth annual Karate Tournament to support the YMCA’s Strong Community Campaign in Billings, Mont.
Kenneth Jones placed third in kata, sparring and weapons while Trisha Jones placed first in sparring and second in kata.
Kimbley teaches classes Tuesday and Thursday evenings in Gillette.