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Ingram's Athletes To Attend National Championship Qualifier

Updated: 5 days ago

If there's one thing we love here at Ingram's, it's a good challenge, which is why we are so passionate about our competitive season and the amazing athletes on our competition team.

Each fall, athletes at Ingram's begin a new season of training and goal setting to prepare for the new year and the beginning of the competitive events in January. The instructors and athletes at Ingram's are well seasoned at the competitive karate game and have found so many benefits and positive growth year over year. Those who take on the competitive challenge find that not only do their skills improve, but they gain strength, speed, and a deep love of Isshinryu Karate and the bonds karate helps them forge through the competitive circuit.

Now that May is upon us, we will head to the final qualifier which will propel the Ingram's team onward toward the 2024 National Championships to be held in July in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Team Ingram's has been on the AAU Karate Circuit since the early 1990s and this year, the team at Ingram's has dedicated themselves for the past eight months to elite training, focused skill development, and diligent practice to be ready for the challenge ahead; meeting other karate athletes from around the country to try their hand at the National Title.

Competitors enter skill specific events and compete to qualify up to the national level. These events range from Kata (Forms), Kobudo (weapons), and Kumite (Sparring) and each provide a unique challenge for improvement and growth along the way.

Winning in these events earns competitors points that are then tallied up for the state championships in each division, and many of the Ingram's athletes have done so well this season that they have already secured enough points to take the state title even before attending the May 18th event to be held in Orlando, FL.

We're so proud of our team and the dedication they've shown along the way. Competition provides challenges which require us to work hard and stay focused. It's not easy, but that's part of the fun. ~Sensei Jen Davenport, Ingram's Head Coach

Ingram's athletes compete during the months of January - May in the AAU Karate competition circuit. The final AAU event of the year will be held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL during the first week of July. Then the Ingram's team is off to Gatlinburg, TN for an Isshinryu specific tournament before the last competition of the year to be held in Pittsburg, PA which is slated to be an international competition sanctioned by the WUKF.

No matter your age or ability, karate is a great way to help improve focus, relieve stress, gain strength and balance and provide a general overall improvement in quality of life. For more information about the Ingram's competitive team, or for classes for ages 3 and up email us at:

We'll see you on the mats!

~Sensei Jen Davenport

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