July 18, 2009 update: The UGKA competes at the 15th Annual Whirlwind Classic Karate Tournament in Tulsa, OK!
Mr. Soliday attended the 15th Annual Whirlwind Classic Karate Tournament in Tulsa, OK, hosted by Larry Wells and held at Tulsa Central High School. Grandmaster Soliday participated in the annual Whirlwind Black Belt Photo along with UGKA Black Belt, Nancie “Tiny” Longacre, 7th DAN, and a host of Black Belts from Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, and Texas.
Mr. Soliday had two students from the Sapulpa Institute of Karate compete in the tournament – Soliday Green Belt Damien competed in Forms and Fighting in a huge division, receiving a medal for his efforts! Soliday Purple Belt Chelsea Boen competed in Forms and Fighting in her very first effort in the Adult Intermediate division! While she didn’t place in Forms competition, Chelsea took 3rd Place in Adult Women’s fighting!
Scott Carr, Soliday Brown Belt and assistant instructor at the Mannford Institute of Karate, helped coach and assist the UGKA competitors during the tournament.
Mr. Soliday visits with Mr. Richard Osborn, Sr, 9th DAN, who brought strong competition with him from Springfield, MO!
Nancie “Tiny” Longacre, 7th DAN, wins 1st Place in Black Belt Forms at the Whirlwind Classic!