[caption id="attachment_3785" align="alignleft" width="480"] Karate tournaments are a great way to develop confidence, put your Karate skills to the test, and learn how to win & lose gracefully.[/caption]
Starting in 2013, The Dojo of Karate will be hosting 2 Inner School Karate Tournaments per year -- one in the winter/spring and one in the fall.
This will allow students the opportunity to learn what Karate tournament competitions are all about, including some essential Black Belt Principals -- sportsmanship, perseverance, dedication, confidence, and focus.
On Saturday, October 5th, 2013 The Dojo of Karate will present their Fall Classic Karate Tournament.
All Karate students, of all ages, are eligible to participate in our Inner School Karate Tournament -- even if you don't have any experience.
The week before and the week of, Sensei Lozano will go over tournament competition rules, to help students and parents best assist them on how a competition works, and what is expected from each student.
Developing Confidence, Focus, and Spirit
Something to keep in mind is that karate tournament competition is designed to bring out the best AND worst in you. It's to help you and / or your child to develop confidence, focus, and warrior spirit.
Why are these important?
The winter Olympics are upon us in 2014, and seeing these amateur / professional athletes shine at the right moment with the most pressure is invigorating. It gives us chills!!!
That's what karate tournament competitions should do -- bring you and the competitor those chills. It give them an opportunity to shine, grow, and bring out the best in them.
Even if you don't win, the spirit of competition is important.
With that said, we've created our karate tournament with the following divisions.
- Katas Division - Student will compete with their most current kata they have been training with in classes, executing deep stances, powerful punches, strong kicks and solid blocks. We will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and give out participation medals for all other competitors.
- Spar-A-Thon - This is what makes our tournaments so fun and unique. Students can spar as long as they like, trying to accumulate as many points as possible in as many matches they are allowed to spar in. That means, that if a competitor gets 10 matches (average for our tournament) and they average about 5 points per match, they can rack up about 50 points. We then award Gold, Silver, or Bronze depending on the amount of points a competitor scores throughout the tournament. This format helps them with focus and dedication.
- Obstacle Course Race - If you remember the late 80s and early 90s hit TV show "American Gladiator", then you're picturing the same thing. For our students in the Lil' Ninjas Beginners program, they will have an opportunity to showcase their agility, coordination, and focus by going through a variety of obstacle. This is a fun thing to do as a student, and watch as a parent.
- Best Junzuki - This is the prized division. Think of it as the most important technique we do at The Dojo of Karate in our style of Wado Kai Karate. Junzuki is one of the hardest, yet most important punch. The winner of this division will get the ONLY 2 foot trophy. The defending champions from the last tournament were Madeline P. and Maci P. And, they plan on retaining their status.
Times & Divisions8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Lil' Ninjas Beginners - White & Junior Gold
Lil' Ninjas Advanced - Gold & Up
Junior Beginners - White & Gold (some orange)
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Junior Intermediate - Orange to Low Green
Junior Advanced - High Green to 1st Brown
Teens & Adults - All ranks
We will break up the competition even more by adding age groups for all competitors, as this gives a more level playing field for students.
I look forward to seeing all of our students competing, having fun, and working hard!