Apr 17

39th Semi-Annual Karate & Kung Fu Tournament in Davenport

For the first time in more than five years – maybe ever – Mr. John Morrow and Morrow’s Academy of Martial Arts is hosting the 39th Semi-Annual Karate & Kung Fu Tournament and Black Belt Championships in a location other than his own school.

This event will be held instead at the Lee Lohman Arena at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

Events include Forms, Weapons, Sparring and the unique Horse Riding Stance competition, in which the winner outlasts all others will maintaining a horse stance. Divisions are broken up by age and gender.

The grand champion in black belt sparring receives a 4-foot trophy.

Head gear for sparring is mandatory.

Fees are $35 for all events or $5 per spectators.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the competition begins at 10 a.m.

This is a tournament we’ve been to numerous times in the past. I have attended several events promoted by Mr. Morrow, including tournaments since 2008, and a seminar that he hosted as his school’s new location in February of this year.

For Metamora Martial Arts students – I understand this is six days after the North American Grand Nationals, but I would highly recommend this tournament if you’re interested in competing.

Lee Lohman Arena
518 W. Locust Street
Davenport, Iowa 52803

If you would like any more information on this event, please contact John Morrow at 309-764-1929.

Adam Bockler

Sensei Adam Bockler is a 2nd-degree black belt in karate and the owner of Metamora Martial Arts. He's been in the martial arts since 2003, and has received instruction in tai chi chuan, Hsing-i chuan, judo, tae kwon do and XMA. Sensei Bockler was inducted into the 2014 USA Martial Arts Hall of Fame as Karate Black Belt of the Year. He is the communications manager for Float Mobile Learning.

  1. Patric Peterson 6 May 2013 | reply

    Greetings from Burlington Iowa. My 11 yr. old son Dakota Peterson will be competeing in his 1st time karate tournament ever this weekend at the tournament your hosting in Davenport. He will be representing Jeff Underwood’s academy of Martial Arts. My son and I are anxious and looking forward to coming.

    • Adam Bockler 6 May 2013 | reply

      Actually, this tournament is being promoted by John Morrow. We just like it so much that I wanted to mention it here on our blog. We are from Metamora, and as of this writing, may or may not be venturing to Davenport to compete.

      It’s a great event for first-time and veteran martial artists. Practice, and you’ll do well!

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