Congratulations to the Min’s Karate Competition Team and their success at the 2017 Keystone State Championship. Couple hundred competitors gathered from all across the east coast early Saturday morning at Dieruff High School in Allentown Pennsylvania. Dozens of schools came from as far as Florida representing martial arts including Taekwondo, Tang Soo Do, and Karate gathered for this 39th annual event hosted by Grandmaster Jon Chung Kim.
The Min’s Karate Competition Team represented by Coleman Miller, Neil Wiest, Gabe Smitz, Gabriel Wiest, Isabell Wiest, Jaxson Wiest, and Liam Mulholland placed in a total of 10 events.
Competitors arriving hours before the start of the first event.
Representing Min’s Karate at the 2017 Keystone State Invitational Championship. (From top left: Liam Mulholland, Gabby Wiest, Gabe Smitz, Isabelle Wiest, Jaxson Wiest, Neil Wiest, & Coleman Miller)
Coleman Miller’s performance in Bong Hyeong 3 Bu earned him a 1st place finish in the Black Belt 13-16 year old Weapon Forms Division. He went on to finish running up in the Grand Championship round.
Gabe Smitz’s performance in Bong Hyeong 2 Bu earned him a 2nd place finish in the Advanced 9-10 year old Weapons Division. He went on to also win a 3rd in Forms.
Gabby Wiest performs Bong Hyeong 1 Bu. She went on to finish the day with a 2nd place finish in the Advanced 9-10 year old Girls Sparring Division.
Liam Mulholland’s performance in Pyeong Ahn 5 Dan earned him a 2nd place finish in the Advanced U9 Forms Division. He went on to also win a 2nd in Sparring and a 3rd in Weapon Forms.
Jaxson Wiest lands a reverse punch in the Finals. He went on to finish 2nd in the Advanced 7-8 year old Boys Sparring Division.
Neil Wiest with his 1st Place trophy from the Black Belt Senior Men Sparring Division. Neil went on to finish the day with also a 2nd place finish in Forms.