Karate event coming to East Peoria

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

The United States Karate-Do Kai (USKK) will be hosting the 2012 International Karate/Kobudo Championships June 15-17 at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria and RiverPlex Recreation and Wellness Center in Peoria.

The main event, the Grand Master Robert A. Trias Cup Tournament, will begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 17 at the RiverPlex. The tournament is named in memory of Robert A. Trias Hanshi, the father of American karate.

The 1st and 2nd place winners in all Black Belt Kata divisions will have a Kata competition to determine a Kata Grand Champion. The winner of the Grand Champion division will receive $500 and the Robert A. Trias Cup. 2nd place will be awarded $250 and 3rd place will be awarded $150.

Friday’s activities include tournament registration starting at noon and the featured seminar by Hanshi Phillip Koeppel will be held at 6 p.m. at the East Peoria Conference Center.

Saturday includes multiple “Style Head” seminars conducted by numerous senseis as well as a cocktail reception at 5:30 p.m. and the USKK award banquet starting at 6:30 p.m.

The purpose of the United States Karate-Do Kai is to promote and support authentic , traditional styles and promote world recognition of all member styles in a manner consistent with the spirit of Karate-Do; serve the membership by continually improving the quality of standards and to perform in a manner which warrants the highest degree of member confidence in integrity, humanity and fairness.