The 2012 Rocky Mountain Championship Karate Tournament Was a Great Success

Thank you for everyone’s support of the 16th anniversary of the Rocky Mountain Championship! This year’s tournament was a USA Karate National Qualifier as well as the US Team selection for the World University championships.

Over 30 people participated in the Referee Course held on May 5th and almost 350 participants from Venezuela, New York, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Florida, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Texas, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona and Colorado participated in the tournament on May 6th!

The competition started at 9:00am sharp at Monarch High School and, thanks to countless hours of work done by the volunteers and officials, was wrapped up by 7:00pm. The presence of many certified USA Karate Referees and international officials enforced the quality and fairness of the competition and resulted to only one minor injury.

IMA wants to thank all of our in-state and out-of-state guests and sensei who added value with their presence at the competition. Our special thanks also goes to: Coach Tokey Hill, Coach Dustin Baldis, USA Karate CEO Mr. Jake Lease, USA Karate Advisor Mr. Luke St. Onge, Sensei Clay Morton, Sensei Brody Burns, Sensei Dale Gatchalian, Sensei Senthil Thiyagarajan, Sensei Mario Perez, Shihan Patrick Richoux, Sensei Eliseo Campos and many other USA Karate certified officials.

Last but not least, a big thanks goes out to all of the I.M.A. members who made this championship another successful event! Thank you from the bottom our hearts for being there as scorekeepers, runners, officials, helpers, competitors, etc. Your presence and support means a lot and without it, I.M.A. – and our annual tournament – would not be the same!

Please mark your calendar for next year’s championship on: May 4-5, 2013!

We have an online photo album going with pictures from the Rocky Mountain Championship karate tournament. To view photos that are already in the album, click on the link below. We expect more photos to be added over the next week, so check back again!

This is a group album with photos from many people. If you have good photos from the day, please add them.

To upload a few photos:
Create an email to
Subject line must be exactly : Rocky Mountain Championship Karate
Attach the photos to the email and hit ‘Send’

To upload many photos:
Send an email to requesting access. She will send you an invitation to share the album; you may then upload photos directly to the album. You will need to create a Google account if you do not already have one.

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