The Douglas Grose Memorial Martial Arts Tournament takes place Saturday, Aug. 9, once again in Peoria at First English Lutheran Church, but with some minor tweaks.
For the first time and to eliminate crowd congestion, karate and tae kwon do events will take place at different times. These events have traditionally been divided in the past. However, divisions have run concurrently until this year.
Karate (or similar style) events – forms, point sparring, tag team and masters’ divisions – will begin at 10:30 a.m.
Combined events – breaking and weapons – take place starting at 12 p.m.
Finally, tae kwon do events (or similar style) events – forms, Olympic sparring (continuous), tag team and masters’ divisions begin at 1:30 p.m.
No-gi grappling begins at 9 a.m., and the special events division begins at 11 a.m.
Competitors participating in 1-2 events can enter for $50, plus an additional $10 per event up for a total of $90 for all 6 events.
Tag teams are $60 per team.
Spectators pay $6 if they are 10 or up, $4 for children and senior citizens, and children 3 or under can get in for free.
Friday Night Seminar
Ms. Harrison’s “Slam, Bam, Wham” seminar features two sessions.
Master Jim Hemphill will cover grappling techniques in session 1 from 4-6 p.m.
Masters Kim Aldus and Erin Lehman will present self-defense techniques in session 2 from 6:30-9:00.
The seminars cost $30 each, or $50 for both, with a $5 spectator fee.
Sensei Bockler’s Thoughts
You should attend this event, whether you’re one of my students or you stumbled on this website through a link your friend posted or through a search.
Honestly, I’m pretty bummed that I have a commitment already made for this weekend because I would love to compete against Peoria’s finest black belts, leaving me unable to attend any event listed here.