HOPATCONG, NJ -- Kimberly Platt is the best in the world.
The 16-year-old junior at Hopatcong High School is the youngest person in the history of Isshinryu Karate win the Ladies Kumeta Overall Grand Champtioship.
Kumite is the fighting form of karate, as opposed to Kata, which is forms.
Kimberly studies at the New Jersey Martial Arts Academy on Lakeside Boulevard in Landing. She competed at the World Championships in Akron, Ohio, on July 13, just one month after earning her senior black belt. She has been training in karate for 11 years.
She was honored by the Hopatcong Borough Council on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Mayor Sylvia Petillo named Sept. 4 Kimberly Platt Day in Hopatcong. She also told Kimberly, “You radiate pure awesome.”
“I didn’t see it coming,” Platt said. She explained she competed against many other 16 to 18-year olds in the finals.
Also honored at the council meeting was Lance Berstler who took first place in black belt in the Men’s Kata competition. Berstler manages the Randolph Township annex of the school.
Many students and the school’s owners, Marvin and Kelly Carmona, attended the meeting to support the champions.