Pheasant Run Resort
4051 E. Main St.,
St. Charles, Illinois
We thought you may be interested to know that the AAU National Karate Championships will be held in the Chicagoland area for the first time ever beginning July 4, 2012. The tournament will be held at Pheasant Run Resort.
The AAU National Championships are one of the feeder events for selection to the AAU US National Teams. A number of local athletes have competed nationally and internationally as part of the US National Team. Focus Martial Arts, from Lake in the Hills, Illinois, will be one of the host dojos, and a number of Focus athletes competed in the last World Championships (held every other year) in Caorle (Venice) Italy in 2010.
Two of those athletes, Delaney Lebedun and Rebecca Fishman, both won World Championships at that event and hope to again qualify tfor the US Team to defend their titles for the US at the next World Championships. A number of local athletes, including Delaney and Rebecca, are also defending national champions in weapons (kobudo), form, (kata) and/or kumite (fighting).
Since Karate is unfortunately not an Olympic sport, the AAU National Championships, AAU Junior Olympics and the World Championships are the marquee events for karate athletes. We'd obviously love to see some coverage of the National Championships this year with the tournament being local and two of the defending World and National champions coming from McHenry County.