Carly Horn Takes Third!

At North Fork Karate we emphasize that karate is for life, health and growth. Still, since it’s fun for many people to try their hand at competition we work with them so they can compete at their maximum potential. The last weekend in March was spent in Las Vegas, not gambling for money, but taking risks nonetheless. Carly Horn was our first competitor to enter an international-level competition, ever. It was a big achievement to even go, but Carly put the icing on the cake and brought home not one, but two bronze medals for kumite in 10 year old, intermediate divisions. Her calm demeanor disguised her ability to block and attack with precision and speed.

The first competition was on Friday, the Junior International Cup. Over 1000 competitors under the age of 18 participated and there were girls in her group from Chicago, Mexico and Venezuela, to name a few. The second competition was the US Open, the same tournament there Tom Scott, Brian Hillyer and many elite, adult athletes compete. She went up against 10 and 11 year olds from as far away as California, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. To hold your own in a crowd of the best is a great achievement.

Yet it’s only the beginning. North Fork Karate has the depth in its ranks to do some great things in competition. That’s why we offer competition class, as well as organize people who want to go to competitions. We encourage people to take extra classes and train on their own as well as look into private lessons. Every year there is the Rocky Mountain Championship (May 5th), Utah State Qualifiers (June 1st) as well as our own tournament, the North Fork Championship (October 12th) and IMA Utah Championship (November). And these are just the local tournaments. There’s also the Karate Nationals (July 11-14th) in Greenville, SC this year, as well as several, large tournaments to look at on the East Coast, Texas and Arizona.

Carly didn’t do this on her own. She had the full support of her parents as well as financial help from several donors and the Cocker Kids’ Foundation. She trained five to six days a week in the months leading up to the tournaments. And she continues to train and plans to keep competing. Keep it up, Carly!