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Student Leads Karate Championships

Kevin Kumpf, a doctoral student in the School of Education at Duquesne University and winner of six Karate Grand Championships awards, is co-director for the 2009 Isshinryu World Karate Association (IWKA) championships. The event is expected to bring more than 500 competitors from North America and Asia to the Pittsburgh Hilton Hotel on Saturday, June 20.

Kumpf, a student of Isshinryu karate since the age of 6, has won six IWKA Grand Championships in the past 10 years, with five of these awarded in consecutive competitions.

A resident of Jefferson Hills, Kumpf holds a 5th-degree black belt and has been teaching Isshinryu for more than 15 years.

Isshinryu karate is a form of martial arts that teaches patience, discipline and meditation.

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