Capturing moments at the KC Challenge


At a karate tournament, it’s important to capture the action ~ the sparring, the katas, the weapons, but there are so many moments happening on the sidelines, too. The camraderie, friends greeting each other, coaching, and words of encouragement. I’m always looking for those special moments that happen in between the action.

Karate Moments

Catching a well-placed kick or an expressive face shouting their ki-a gives me a rush, but looking for those away-from-the-action moments is what I love about photographing karate tournaments. So it was very special to me when a parent commented on my gallery from the Midwest Open 2017, “you certainly have a gift. I love the action shots but the candids are something special. You always seem to catch those incredible moments.” Capturing moments is my joy.

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Documenting a great karate weekend

I think I shot about 5,000 photos last weekend between the KC Challenge karate tournament and the Black Belt Extravaganza. I like the action shots, but my favorites are the moments that happen in between the action, the quiet heartfelt hugs, respectful bows, and smiles, lots and lots of smiles.

Sharing my photos makes me happy. I read somewhere that when you post on social media, every time someone “likes” your post, you get a rush of endorphin as strong as when you work out. I believe it. So I’ll keep sharing if you’ll keep liking and we’ll all have that warm buzz of feeling happy.

Karate weekend rocks

I love karate tournaments! Photographing the ninjas in action is awesome, but what I really love is finding the little moments that happen in between the events, a father/daughter team running a form, a pat on the head from a big sister, a bit of sparring advice from a teammate. Okay, I admit it, I like all the hairdos too, from the mohawk to the green paint to the fun ponytails on the girl with the loudest kia in the gym!
The best moment for me came after I competed. A man came up to me and said his grandson wanted to meet me. I went over and the four-year-old wanted to show me to his grandma to let her know that even grandmas can do karate. I explained that I wasn’t a grandma yet, but I hoped to be someday, and I was definitely going┬áto do karate with my grandchildren.
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