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Rockford Karate Center students qualify for karate national championship

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — The Rockford Karate Center is now home to a new group of champion athletes.

Over the weekend, the facility won multiple medals, including three gold, at the AAU Region Six Super Regional Championships in Chicago.

The dojo opened back in September, and after briefly shutting down, students had to learn socially distant from each other.

Now, more students have joined and the school is preparing for nationals.

"It's very rewarding," says chief instructor Taleb Bekkali. "A lot of people and a lot of students, they don't know what we went through to keep the doors open during the pandemic. And that's very comforting."

Six of the center's students are currently training for the AAU Karate National Championships which take place this summer in South Carolina.

Maggie Polsean

Maggie Polsean is an anchor for 13 News Today. Born and raised in Rockford, she is excited to be back home working for the station she grew up watching. Maggie is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Christian Life high school in Rockford.

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