Students Take Home Trophies in St. Jude Benefit Karate Championship

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Publication Date: 5/11/2009

Rhodes students Janie Logan ’10 and Emily Weiner ’10 took home trophies after competing in the 2009 St. Jude Benefit Karate Championship held in Rhodes’ Mallory Gymnasium recently.

Logan, a red belt, won first place in kata and sparring. She is a political science major from Birmingham, Ala., who has participated in martial arts for two years.

She says she entered the tournament because she thought it would be fun and challenging to use what she had learned in a competitive setting. This was Logan’s first year in the event, and Rhodes faculty and staff members Sarah Hatgas, Marcella Houseal, and Dr. David Kesler helped the students prepare for the tournament.

Weiner, a blue belt, placed first in kata and second in sparring. She is a psychology major and art minor from Kansas City, Mo., who has participated in martial arts five days a week for about one year.

This also was Weiner′s first year participating in the event.  “I wanted to see how much I could accomplish,” she says.  “Once I decided to compete, with the encouragement of my teachers, I worked daily on my kata as well as sparring.”

The St. Jude Benefit Karate Championship is an annual event that raises funds for St. Jude Children′s Research Hospital through a martial arts competition. The producer of the event is Master Kang Rhee who was Elvis Presley’s personal karate instructor.

Trophies were awarded for first, second, and third places in each division, and the event drew spectators and competitors from around the Memphis area.