Fall Classic Karate Tournament Results
On Saturday, October 5th The Dojo of Karate hosted their second tournament of the year for 2013 called the Fall Classic Karate Tournament.
We had a ton of kids competing in kata, sparring, obstacle courses and best junzuki.
A bunch of medals and trophies were awarded, kids displayed some amazing confidence and focus, a few tears were shed, but everyone left with huge smiles!
But, before we go any further, I need to thank all of our volunteers, including parents and students, for helping this karate tournament a success. Without your help we wouldn’t have been able to host this tournament or allow our students see how deep their perseverance really goes.
Lil’ Ninjas Obstacle Course
The Dojo of Karate has been doing an Obstacle Course Race for students in the Lil’ Ninjas Karate Students as a way to help develop their coordination, motor skills, balance, reaction, focus, and confidence. The best part about the Obstacle Course Race — parents cheering their kid, and all of the other kids when running through the course. Their support really helps with their confidence and focus.
We ended up doing a couple of different courses during the Obstacle Course Race, with one of them taking the format of the old TV show American Gladiator. If you recall some 2o years ago, one obstacle required the participants to run from station to station shooting various weapons at a Gladiator, while the Gladiators were shooting tennis balls with a gun. Probably one of my favorite events…
Anyways, we have something similar… minus all the danger!
Kids loved it. Parents loved. Everyone loved it!
Here’s a picture of all the students after the Obstacle Course Race.
Winner For Best Junzuki – Beginners
This division was for all students that have been training in our beginners Karate program at The Dojo of Karate. Basically, anyone that has been training for approximately 1 to 9 months.
We broke students up into groups of 3 or 4 students and had them perform 5 junzukis down the floor in one direction, turn with a block, do 5 more junzukis, and turn with another block.
From there, I chose the person that had the best junzuki for each group. And, some groups were very challenging to select winners because our students really took their training to the next level!
After the smoke settled, there were two students battling it out for the coveted 2 foot trophy. It was between Lara L. and Madeline W.
This was a VERY difficult decision to make between these two amazing students, but in the end Madeline W. was able to slightly edge Lara L. for Best Junzuki in the Beginners program.
Winner For Best Junzuki – Intermediate / Advanced
Now, for best Junzuki in the Intermediate and Advanced students, was even tougher to make the decisions.
I approached the format the same, separate students into groups of 3 or 4 per group and have them perform 5 junzuki’s in one direction and 5 in the other direction.
After all groups performed, the winners of each group were as followed:
- Tyler V.
- Lauren W.
- Madeline P.
- Ethan Wa.
- Anna S.
- Ethan S.
- Sydney S.
- Asha S.
- Frial K.
- Hawk S.
The final competition was between Frial K. and Madeline P., and honestly, Frial could have taken this from Madeline. But, in the end Madeline was able to keep her title as Best Junzuki for an Advanced Student. The best thing about this was that Frial took a 3 month break to heal her back, and she’s doing better now then she’s ever had before.
All students competed in kata, performing their most advanced form that has been taught in classes.
Students needed to do a presentation to the judges by stating their name, what kata they will be performing, and permission to begin. This is the first step to grading and evaluating a competitor.
After they had been granted permission, the begin to perform their kata, with yells in various spots of the kata.
Students are graded on their focus, confidence, power, speed, stances, and precision. In the end, the are awarded a score that hopefully holds up to give them 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. But, ultimately, the competition is designed to help students build their self confidence.
In the Junior Advanced Division the top 3 finishers were as followed:
1st Place – Ethan We.
2nd Place – Ethan Wa.
3rd Place – Tyler V.
In the Teens and Adult Division the top 3 finishers were as followed:
1st Place – Madeline P.
2nd Place – Tim M.
3rd Place – Connor M.
In the Junior Intermediate 10 years old and up, the top 3 finishers were as followed:
1st Place – Anna S.
2nd Place – Sydney S.
3rd Place – Trevor M.
In the Junior Intermediate 7 to 9 years old, the top 3 finishers were as followed:
1st Place – Hawk S.
2nd Place – Connor M.
3rd Place – Tom A.
Now, some of you may be asking who placed for our beginners and lil’ ninjas divisions, but for some reason I have misplaced those results. Nonetheless, the winners looked great!
As many of you know, our Spar-A-Thon is the format we take for our Karate Tournaments. This gives students the opportunity to fight as many matches as they wish, score as many points as they wish, and set a goal to get a Bronze, Silver, or Gold medal — depending how many points they score at the end of the day.
The winner for our Spar-A-Thon for scoring nearly 60 points was Tim M. I think Tim M did a great job sparring with various students, including his two kids — Connor and Ryan M. The Dojo of Karate is proud of Tim M. and how his family performed at the Fall Classic Karate Tournament.
If you missed this Karate Tournament, don’t worry, as we will be hosting another tournament in February or March next year. So stay tuned!
Again congratulations to all of our winners and competitors.
Helping At The Fall Classic Karate Tournament
As you probably heard over the past few days, I need your help!
The Dojo of Karate’s Fall Classic Karate Tournament won’t run by its’ self, and therefore I need several parents to step up and help us make this a smooth tournament.
Where Do We Need You?
When you judge a competitor in Kata, you will be looking for the following characteristics.
- Confidence – Do they enter the ring with confidence? Do they say their introduction with confidence? Do they perform their kata with confidence, or are they hesitant in their moves?
- Balance – When the set forward to punch, block, kick, or strike, are they landing their moves with balance? Are they wobbly when they transition from move-to-move?
- Focus – Are they looking around the floor when performing, or are they engaged in their kata? Do they look you in the eye when they do their introduction? Are they easily distracted?
- Power – Do their moves actually have power behind their technique? Or are they just going through the motions?
- Precision – Are they landing their stances correctly, and not readjusting? Are they punching down the center of the body? Are they looking the correct direction when executing techniques? Are their kick, punches, blocks, and strikes hitting the same location at all times, or is it always changing?
- Continuous – Did the student start over at any point? Did the student make a mistake, realize they made a mistake, looked confused, and started over? Did the student ask you to start over again? Did the student do their kata, continuously, with no hesitation?
As a judge, you can not judge them if they did their kata incorrectly, because you are not a Black Belt in Wado Kai Karate — even though you watch nearly all our classes.
I will be giving all judges a range of 7.50 to 8.50, with a baseline of 8.00. What does all this mean?
- 7.50 = The competitor either made a mistake and started over, didn’t attempt to finish their kata, or kept starting over multiple times. If any of these things happens, then you have to give them a score of 7.50 or slightly higher. They can not be in the running for 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. It would be unfair.
- 8.50 = The competitor basically did the best kata in the ENTIRE world. They are so amazing, they should be teaching classes at The Dojo of Karate today… Judges, no one gets a score of 8.50. Now you can score close to it, but this is the highest score you can give.
- 8.00 = This is the baseline for all competitors, meaning you start them off at 8.00 and either go up or down from there, based on the characteristics that you are suppose to follow for judging. Usually, all students should score above an 8.00, but in certain circumstances, it is OK to score below an 8.00.
Please make sure you use your one-one hundredth of a point freely. This prevents ties. We only do tie breakers for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. That’s it. Everyone else will get a finalist medal.
When judging sparring, there will need to be 3 judges. 1 center judge and 2 corner judges. The center judge controls the match by saying “start”, “stop”, “call point”, etc. The corner judges do not control the matches, rather follow what the center judge asks the ring to do.
This is what I mean…
If a corner judge sees a point scored, they yell “point” and raise their hand in the air. If the center judge see’s that movement and hears their corner judge, then they will stop the match and call for point. Even if the center judge NEVER saw the point, they can simply call “no see” by placing their hand over their face, while the corner judge points to the direction of the competitor that scored.
Keep in mind, you need a majority of points a competitor to get the point. So, if one judge points to the ‘Red Competitor’, one judge points to the ‘White Competitor’ and the final judge points to the ‘Red Competitor’ — then the ‘Red Competitor’ gets the point.
If you are a judge and you DO NOT see a point scored, simply place your hands over your face, which means “I didn’t see it”. If you know for a FACT that it wasn’t a point, or BOTH competitors hit at the same time, you make an ‘X’ in from of you with your arms, meaning “clash” or “no point”.
Judging sparring is probably one of the best things to do because you are right in front of the action.
Score Keeping & Time Keeping
I won’t go into too much detail for these two volunteer positions, but it’s probably one of the easiest tasks to do when helping a ring out.
Score Keeper either keeps track of the score for sparring competitors or adds up the scores for kata competitors.
Time Keeper keeps track of the clock when a sparring match is going on.
If you have questions, please email or ask me personally at the Karate school, and I’ll try to make sure I can answer and clarify your questions.
We TRULY appreciate all of you help in making the Fall Classic Karate Tournament smooth!
Fall Classic Karate Tournament – 2013
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 & Divisions
8:00 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!
Inner School Karate Tournament Rules
Please remember we are enforcing The Dojo of Karate Etiquette’s to all participants and spectators. If you have any questions, please refer to your copy handed out last week during classes.
The goal of this tournament is to teach our kids the importance of Sportsmanship, Determination, Integrity, Respect, and the Competitive Spirit of Sport Karate.
With that said, we want to lead by example so Karate students behave the way a true martial artist should behave – with integrity.
The tournament will take place on Saturday, February 5th at The Dojo of Karate.
Please arrive about 15 minutes before your start times.
Competitors that are in the Lil’ Ninjas – Beginners and Advanced programs and competitors in the Children Beginners program (White and Gold belts) will participate from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM.
Competitors that are in the Children Intermediate program and Children Advanced program (Orange to Brown belts) will participate from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
All competitors will compete in their Forms and Weapons division first, followed by the Sparring or Bunny Ears divisions.
To make this tournament operate smoothly, we will need approximately 12-16 volunteers to help judge competitors, keep score, and run times in the Forms, Weapons, and Sparring divisions.
Even if you do not know what to look for in a competitor’s performance or how to keep score, we will teach you. It’s very simple to follow and understand.
Volunteer training will take place on Friday, February 4th at 6:00 PM. So, if you put yourself down to volunteer, please be here no later then 6:00 PM.
We will teach you how to judge a Forms or Weapons performance and how to call points in sparring matches.
Note: If you attend your child’s Karate classes on a regular basis, then you will understand on how to be a judge.
Forms & Weapons Competition
Competitors will perform a Kata that has been taught to them in class, in front of a panel of 3 judges. Each judge will then give a score based on the competitors’ performance. The score will be added up, and the competitors with the three highest accumulated score will receive one of the following places: 1st place, 2nd place, or 3rd place. All other competitors that do not receive a placing will get a Finalist Medal.
We are operating our sparring competition like a “Spar-A-Thon”, meaning students will spar for approximately 2 hours, accumulating points throughout every match. They will have a chance to fight between 8 and 12 matches throughout the day… maybe even more.
Matches run for 1 continuous minute, while competitors score as many points as possible during each match. Points will be tallied on their index card where they will accumulate points throughout the Spar-A-Thon.
At the end of the tournament, competitors will turn in their index card to be rewarded a medal for achieving certain milestones.
To earn a medal competitors must reach the following point totals.
Gold Medal – 35 points
Silver Medal – 25 points
Bronze Medal – 15 points
Finalist Medal – 14 points or less
NOTE: The person that scores the most points in the tournament will win the Grand Champion Trophy.
This sparring competition format teaches each competitor the importance of setting goals and working towards achieving them. It will also help develop their confidence and determination.
Bunny Ears Competition
Students that are in the Lil’ Ninjas Beginners program or Children Beginners program will compete in a Bunny Ears competition.
The format is nearly the same as sparring. For each time a competitor pulls another competitors bunny ear (belt loop) they achieve a point.
Matches go on for 1 continuous minute, while points are tallied up during their entire competition. At the end of the tournament, competitors will turn in their index card and receive a medal for the amount of points scored in their competition.
Below are the following points a competitor must score to achieve a medal:
Gold Medal – 30 points
Silver Medal – 20 points
Bronze Medal – 10 points
Finalist Medal – 9 points or less
We are looking forward to all students competing in the 2nd Annual – The Dojo of Karate Championships.
Best of luck to all competitors.
Martial Arts Tournament – Southern American, Fight 3
This is the last fight I had at the 2001 Southern American Nationals in Nashville, TN.
I was fighting for 1st and 2nd place against World Champion Brian Ruth.
When I was a young teen, coming up in the national circuit of competition, I always looked up to Brian, as he was a great fighter.
Anyways, at the time, in 2001, I was 20 years old and had a couple of years under me in the Adult Black Belt Heavy weight division.
During this fight, I started off pretty well, but Brian was than able to find some good openings.
At the end, Brian Ruth got a very good shot, on my chin. Next thing you know, I’m falling like a tree. The funny thing is, Brian didn’t hit me that hard. It was just a clean hit to the chin. Props to him.
I ended up having to bow out and getting 2nd place.
Even though, I lost, I still had a good showing at the Southern American. Unfortunately, though, I was unable to defend my Grand Champion title from the previous year.
Enjoy the video.