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Six from Cook’s studio win awards

Updated: March 21, 2013 6:17AM

Six members of Gerry Cook’s Professional Martial Arts studio earned a total of nine awards at the Northwoods Karate Championships that were held recently in Racine.

Cook’s studio is based on the north side of Waukegan.

The six award winners were:

■ Harley Yoder of Gurnee was first in form.

■ Cory Pollard of Zion was first in sparring and first in form.

■ Marco Mojica of Waukegan was first in sparring.

■ Richard Neiper, a black belt from Winthrop Harbor, was first in sparring and first in form.

■ Kevin Akins of Zion was third in form.

■ Braden Lex of Beach Park was first in form and first in sparring.

The next tournament is March 10 in Madison, Wis. It’s the Regional Karate/Take Kwon Do Championships.

Cook is a grandmaster in martial arts and is an eighth-degree black belt.

His studio is located on Lewis Avenue, just south of Sunset in Waukegan.

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