Bear Loebe is one of the top sport karate champions today. In his career he has competed and won NBL world championships in both forms and fighting. He grew up learning and teaching at the studio of Wayne Nguyen. As a child he studied Tae Kwon Do and evolved into a great champion competing in the 1990’s and 2000’s throughout Texas and all over the world.
Mr. Loebe won his first world title while being part of Team Focus in the 2002 NBL world games. Since then he has continued to win multiple world titles in forms and fighting. Today he runs a successful Karate school in Houston, teaches for Chuck Norris Kick Start program, competes in the top NBL tournaments and now runs a successful karate tournament.
Bear’s 2010 Texas Sport Karate Championship was held October 2nd at the Landrum Middle School in Houston, Texas. This was an SKIL A rated event and was heavily supported by the Kick Start members and their schools. The event started off with junior under black belt divisions. I counted at least 200 competitors and at least as many spectators.
As usual the forms ran followed by the Point Sparring. Some up and coming champions were out to make their names. Honorable mention for Evan Brown was first in a monster 11 and under beginner forms division. Other massive under black belt divisional champions with more than 10 competitors in them were Rachel Aquino 11 and under intermediate forms, Genesis Rea 11 and under advanced forms, Cecelia Morales 12 – 14 beginner forms, Victoria Leyva 12 – 14 intermediate forms, Delynne Moore 12 – 14 intermediate forms and Frederick Authonison 15 -17 advanced forms.
Other large under black belt groups with more than 10 competitors were in the weapons and point sparring divisions. Some of these champions were Sean Henderson 11 and under advanced weapons, Adrian Garcia 11 and under beginner sparring, Marry Leisy Lopez 6 -7 sparring, Evan Brown 6 -7 intermediate sparring, Marco Hernandez 10 -11 male advanced sparring, John Garcia 12 – 13 male beginner sparring, Michael Barrios 12 – 13 intermediate sparring and Hilda Zamora 8 – 10 beginner female sparring.
Black belt junior and adult champions were Roark Segler 11 under traditional forms, Jersan Kannady 12 – 17 traditional forms and 16 -17 point sparring, Robbie Segler 35 plus traditional forms and in a flash from the past world champion Rommel Gargoles of Team Focus won the adult black belt traditional forms championship. Other black belt division champions were Petri Le won 12 – 15 contemporary forms, Ralph Urias 35 plus open forms, Zack Johnson 12 – 15 weapons, Eric Cantu 18 plus contemporary weapons, Teo Perez 35 plus weapons, James Urias 14 – 15 point sparring, Itzel Escqin 12 – 14 female sparring, Sheray Reese 15 -17 female sparring.
In some exciting point sparring divisions Norman Roberts won the male 18 plus sparring, Jordan LaCourse 18 plus female sparring, Anita Fruiesen 35 plus female sparring. Team champions in the junior divisions were Loebe’s TKO. Adult male team sparring ended up a duel between Team Focus and Team Gipsy. After some old school get down blitzes, Team Gipsy pulled ahead after an amazing last fight between 50 year old Norman Roberts and the much younger Chance Turner for the win.
The forms grand championship came down to a close contest with Rommel Gargoles and Eric Cantu. Eric ran a great contemporary form but it was Rommel and his patented version of Gojushiho that was the judges choice making him the forms grand champion. Chance Turner of Team Gipsy was the men’s point sparring grand champion.
Now after the tournament ended a special contest was ran. Chris Gallio took on Garett Lee in a full contact fight. This was a contest between two totally different schools of fighting. Chris Gallio is the head of Team Gallio and was trained by top GOP fighters over the last decade. Garret Lee has also been trained by top PKA members and is a natural born fighter who has for the last two years fought as an adult even though he was still a junior at the time. Garret and Chris are both middle weights who have also been heavy weight fighters in the past.
As the fight started Garret and Chris clashed with powerful blitzes that had them both reeling from the intensity. Head judge Augustus Blanco from New Orleans Louisiana, had to restrain and separate them both through out the fight. Each fighter was in top performance level conditioning so they both seemed to have plenty of strength. At first Garret was ahead but then a series of tactical moves placed Chris ahead.
Then Garret managed to get ahead by bulldozing his way through Chris’s attacks. After a number of lightning fast moves Chris managed to pull back ahead. As time started to run down on the fight both fighters, desperate and looking at the clock, dove at each other like a couple of hungry sharks going in for the kill. Both fighters were very close even after pulling all the rabbits out of there hats. After exhausting themselves beyond all possible endurance and after a last final all out series of street fight clashes, Chris Gallio pulled ahead by one point just prier to the last seconds running out. A great ending the best full contact fight this year in any sport karate tournament I have attended. This also concluded a day of great martial arts competition.