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At the 22nd Karate World Championships in Germany Kiel Moses, 36, of Evanston and Kevin Kucbor, 21, of Glenview, local athletes with disabilities, were two of the U.S.A. delegation team members in the first disabled division of the World Championships of Karate (WKF 2014). Both recently returned after competing in Bremen, Germany.
“Karate allows me to showcase my skills and strength without having my visual disability being seen as a disadvantage,” said Mr. Moses. “The feeling of being on the USA national team was awesome. To be reflected as a valued and seasoned athlete was truly an amazing and life-affirming experience that I will always remember.” Mr. Moses, who placed fifth in the WKF 2014 visually impaired division, has been studying karate for the past 25 years.
Sensei Jeff Kohn, owner of North Shore Dojo in Glenview, where the two train, was the head coach of the U.S.A. Karate disabled division delegation. He said, “Our athletes competed with 40 other participants with disabilities, representing 27 different countries. It was an extraordinary experience and very humbling seeing the transformation in their confidence, spirit and personality.”