The Family Karate Elite Team of West Plains recently traveled to and competed in the PKC (Professional Karate Commission) sanctioned Great Lakes National Martial Arts Championships in Chicago, Ill., and the Kobayashi National Karate Championships in Kokomo, Ind.

Hundreds of competitors traveled from multiple states as far away as Georgia to compete, said Family Karate Sensei Randy Culpepper.

The Elite Team members participate in Kata, Kumite, Weapons, Chanbara and Team categories. Both tournaments proved fruitful to the team, which placed a total of 58 times in these categories collectively. Of these, there were 11 first place, 16 second place, and 13 third place wins.

The Elite Team consists of 22 members, ages 8 to adult. Sensei Culpepper competed alongside his students in the adult division and was the Grand Champion in his age group in Kokomo.

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