Oct. 21, 2017 we hosted the 12th. Captain Tamara Long Archuleta Memorial Open Karate Championships at Belen High School Gymnasium.  There were 150 competitors from 19 schools. This tournament raised $1500.00 for the Captain Tamara Long Archuleta Scholarship program.  The Capt. Tammy Tournaments started in 2006 and have helped raise a total of $28,500. to help students with their college expenses. The Tournament Program  helps raise money to host this tournament and to also raise money for the Scholarship Program. We encourage everyone thank the businesses and try and do business with the supporters in the Tournament Program.


The Opening Ceremonies began with Pastor Robert Browning's, Church of the Redeemer in Los Lunas, Opening Prayer.  The National Anthem was then performed by Shodan Molly Chavez.  The Daniel Fernandez Veterans of Foreign Wars performed posting the colors and provided the beautiful American Flag and Taps performed on a bugle. What an exciting way to honor our country and service men and women.

It takes everyone's help setting up the night before (Friday) so everything is ready for a positive show Saturday morning.

Starting the day of competition with the youth!

Our Grand Champions for 2017

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Black Belt Women's Kumite

  Keana Kast - Kim's Tae Kwon Do


Black Belt Men's Kumite   

Sammy Hurtado  - Chavez Kajukenbo


Black Belt Kata -

Caleb Cheng -  Kim's Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts

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Youth Beginning Kata Grand Champion

Jocelynn Houstoun

Four Winds Martial Arts

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Youth Intermediate Kata Grand Champion

Joshua Yu

Kim's Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts

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Youth Advanced Kata Grand Champion

Christianna Yee

Kim's Tae Kwon Do Martial Arts

Belen Goju Ryu Karate (host school)

was represented with 57 students competing

                                                                                                                               Tiny Tots Class

                                                                                                                               Tiny Tots Class

                                                                                                                   Junior Youth Class

                                                                                                                  Junior Youth Class

                                                                                                  Senior Youth Class

                                                                                                 Senior Youth Class

                                                                 This year we forgot to take Adult trophy pictures, but it's all about the kids! :)


Belen Goju Ryu Karate is very thankful to Clara Garcia and the Valencia County News-Bulletin for their coverage and support of this event.

The date for next year's

13th. annual captain tamara long-archuleta memorial open karate championships

is october 20, 2018

at belen high school gymnasium.