ISKC founder and Chief Instructor, John DiPasquale and his coaches Dominic Noia, Brian Mertel, Peja Bajic, Noah Frisvold, Alysa Berenson, Eric Tornabene, and Ryan Brown have been busy preparing their competitors for this event over the last several months.
"We've never had the opportunity to host the Nationals in Chicago," said ISKC Coach Brian Mertel.
Sensei and ISKC founder, John DiPasquale and ISKC Coach Brian Mertel accompanied their athletes to Colorado and were looking forward to watching them compete against some of the best karate athletes in the USA who were also vying for a spot.
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In all, there were 103 academic and travel scholarships awarded to students that help ISKC students afford college, as well as the cost to attend and compete in national and international karate competitions.
"Our banquet is very special for everyone who is a part of ISKC. We are steeped in the tradition of giving back to our students and families who have helped us to grow throughout our 39-year history," DiPasquale said.
A scholarship that is awarded at the event, and is near and dear to ISKC founder John DiPasquales heart, is the Jennifer Malloy Scholarship.
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