Harrison & Dorris College of Martial Arts once again hosts the 2013 Douglas Grose Memorial Martial Arts Tournament Saturday, Aug. 10, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at First English Lutheran Church in Peoria, IL.
Events are numerous, so I will stick the events in which I would recommend our students compete.
The events are broken down by style. For karate, forms and point sparring are available events.
For those competing in 1-2 events, the fee is $50. For each additional event, add $10. Spectators are $6 for adults 10 and over, $4 for children and senior citizens, and free for children 3 years and under. Discounts are available for those attending the Summer Seminar 2013 and the seminar taught by Col. James Gifford, both held on Aug. 9 at the same location.
The black belt meeting is at 10 a.m., with the tournament beginning at 10:30.
Awards are given for 1st through 4th in the adult divisions, and 1st through 8th in the kids division.
For non-Metamora Martial Arts students, this event also features tae kwon do divisions and a separate grappling division. Breaking and weapons are combined events among martial arts.
All of the information you need is in the packet that’s been prepared by Ms. Harrison. Download the complete 2013 Douglas Grose Memorial Martial Arts Tournament packet>>
For more information, please contact Hanshi Vera Harrison at 309-251-8588.
Mr. Bockler’s Commentary
I attended this tournament on my own last year, winning 1st place in men’s black belt forms.
I would highly suggest our students consider competing in forms or sparring since we have been or will be (over the next few weeks) emphasizing those aspects of practice.
Ms. Harrison is a very knowledgable martial artist. I’ve seen her several times over the last several years, and she’s supportive of several tournaments I’ve attended in the Peoria and Springfield areas.
There was a time when I was told her tournament was dangerous because there’s an ambulance waiting outside the event. We used to be cautioned about sparring. Only after attending for the first time last year did I witness first-hand that the event is indeed a safe event, and I can only conclude the ambulance is present just to be safe. Ms. Harrison, after all, is a nurse. Safety is a top priority for her.
I would encourage our students to support this tournament. It’s a tribute to her instructor and adoptive father, Mr. Douglas Grose, a contemporary of Master Robert Trias, who brought Shuri-ryu and karate as a whole to America.