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Members of KLIMA International pose at the N.C. Nationals Karate, TKD and Kung Fu Championships on July 31 at the Marriott Hotel at Research Triangle Park in Durham.

Members of the KLIMA International martial arts program in Rocky Mount all returned from a recent competition with a first-place finish in at least one event.

KLIMA was awarded with a Top School Award for its performance at the N.C. Nationals Karate, TKD and Kung Fu Championships on July 31 at the Marriott Hotel at Research Triangle Park in Durham.

Kian Ignacio, a 6- to 7-year old (White/Yellow Belt), placed first in the weapons event. In the 8-9 age group, Lila Joy Price (White/Yellow Belt) finished first in sparring and weapons with a second in forms.

Anthony Morris finished first in both sparring and forms in the 10-11 age group. John Espinosa (12-13) won weapons and forms.

In the womens’ bracket, Mary Vay Ching finished first in weapons, took second in sparring and third in forms. Graciela Soto (Black Belt Women) was first in forms.

Luz Soto (Brown Belt, 10-11 age group) finished first in weapons and took third in forms and sparring. Meanwhile, Jaden Soto (Brown Belt, 8-9) won weapons and finished second in forms and sparring.

KLIMA offers martial arts and practical self defense training for adults and children, offering a variety of self-defense programs. KLIMA is located in Rocky Mount, and is operated under owner and chief instructor Alice Kossmann along with husband, co-owner and head instructor Bill Kossmann.

KLIMA was formerly Kuntaw Legacy International Martial Arts and was located in Wilson before relocating to Rocky Mount in 2018.