When most people imagine a trip to New Orleans they think of Bourbon Street, Mardi-Gras, non-stop fun and incredible food. For martial artists, however, the thought of New Orleans brings up both memories and plans of World Class Karate Championships; titles to be earned or defended and the thought of hopefully finishing up competing with enough time to actually go enjoy the French Quarter. During
Last weekend (April 17 & 18) the United States Karate Alliance held it’s annual National Karate Championships in Albuquerque, NM where martial artists Mark Colgan, Karra Colgan, Christopher Redlich and Connor Redlich made an impressive showing. The family team of four made the 11-hour, 750-mile drive from their home in Running Springs, Calif. to New Mexico on Thursday, only to get up early on Friday
She’s the current Pac Rim World Champion in the 17 and under division and she’s swept almost every tournament she entered in 2007 including open kata, traditional kata, weapons and sparring. What’s even cooler is the six foot trophy and the two annual passes to Disneyland she won. She’s Courtney Leal, a thirteen year from the OC who’s been practicing martial arts since she was six years old.