March 23

Upcoming Illinois martial arts tournaments in 2011

After visiting the Auvenshines’ tournament this past weekend, I wanted to make a short post about upcoming Illinois martial arts tournaments for 2011.

Mt. Sterling YMCA Strong Kids Martial Arts Open
Saturday, May 7
Mt. Sterling, Ill.
Registration starts at $30.00.
Proceeds benefit the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign
http://www.mtsterlingymca.net

Morrow’s Karate & Kung Fu Championships
Saturday, May 14
Moline, Ill.
Registration is $30.00.
Visit our blog post for more information on Morrow’s tourney

Walker’s Taekwondo Tournament of Champions VII
Saturday, May 21
Bloomington, Ill.
Registration starts at $45.00.
http://walkerskicks.com

Douglas Grose Memorial Martial Arts Tournament
Promoted by Ms. Vera Harrison
Saturday, August 13
Peoria, Ill.

Ms. Harrison is also promoting a women’s only self-defense seminar entitled, “We Rock Seminar,” the night before on August 12 in Peoria.

Midwest Open Taekwondo Championship
Promoted by Master Joshua Sharp
Saturday and Sunday, November 19 and 20, 2011
Registration starts at $45.00.
Decatur Conference Center & Hotel
http://midwestchampionships.com

March 20

A look at the Auvenshines’ 12th tournament

Caitlan Rohman placed 1st in women’s 16-34 colored belt forms.

Sempai Adair Rodriguez placed 1st in men’s 16-34 colored belt forms and weapons.

I placed 2nd in men’s 16-34 black belt forms.

Now, onto the details…

I’ve always enjoyed visiting the Auvenshines’ tournament. We first went down in 2007 with a big group of at least a dozen students held in a different venue. Our number of competitors has dwindled since then, but I still think we are an enthusiastic crew who enjoys competing and represents our school well.

The gymnasium and Lincoln Land Community College was a sea of white as mainly tae kwon do practitioners packed the space kicking pads, showing off their flexibility and letting out the occasional shout.

One of the main differences between this tournament and other we usually attend is grappling that takes place in the center ring. Unfortunately, I didn’t get much of a chance to watch the grapplers do their thing as I was competing and then judging.

The Auvenshines do their best to make for small divisions. The largest ones that I saw had seven in them. Personally, I may have split them into divisions of three and four. That way, two sets of 1st, 2nd and 3rd could be handed out instead of just one. But I think everybody went home with a medal or a trophy, and the last four tied for fourth place.

I judged for a division of what looked like ages 6-9, which is what I think I heard somebody say. A girl won her breaking division, and I’ve never seen a child so ecstatic. The grin she wore from ear to ear made it look like she’d just won the Olympic gold medal and the lottery at the same exact instant.

In my opinion, the concessions could have been run better by having more food available. I was turned down when I asked for a piece of cheese pizza and then a soft pretzel, but somebody wound up making me a pretzel anyway. They just seemed disorganized. Though that fell on the LLCC volleyball players who were in charge, not the Auvenshines themselves.

It was nice seeing Mr. Steve Aldus, who contributed to us an article on why he teaches, there with his wife Kim. Both were very friendly the few times I saw them away from the ring in which they were judging.

As I stood on the edges of the black belt meeting, I also received a friendly nudge from Mr. Kevin Roberts, who wrote a great piece for us on commercial belt factories. Mr. Roberts brought his wife, Jessie, their daughter and nine other competitors who did very well. I judged one of his white belts, who received 1st place in both his forms and breaking divisions, and it’s evident – in my opinion – from that student that Mr. Roberts is a quality instructor.

We also received lots of information for tournaments coming up in the area that I’ll put together in another post later this week, but I wanted to post one here real quick…

2011 USA Tae Kwon Do Championships
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Kalamazoo, MI
Registration starts at $60.00.
http://www.usatkdmi.com

I realize this tournament is far away. Ms. Harrison noted that as she handed the flyer to me, but said she had promised to hand them out. For her effort in pushing this tournament, I wanted to post it here as well. If you are interested, please leave a comment or e-mail me for more information.

March 11

Upcoming: Morrow’s 36th Semi-annual Karate & Kung Fu Tournament & Black Belt Championships

We have visited Mr. Morrow’s tournament before, and he’s sent me info for his latest tournament on Saturday, May 14, 2011 – the 36th Semi-annual Karate & Kung Fu Tournament and Black Belt Championships.

Mr. Morrow will host three events – forms, sparring and weapons. He will also include a 40-years-and-older black belt division. A black belt Grand Championship match will take place with a four-foot trophy on the line.

The cost is $30 for all events. The spectator’s fee is $4.

Traditionally, our crew has always done well at his tournament in the several times we’ve competed there. Mr. Morrow and his students are always friendly and we’ve found it to be a great tournament for our students to learn from others.

For sparring, Mr. Morrow requires “dip foam boots, dip foam gloves, groin cup and mouth guard.”

If you would like a complete division breakdown, please leave a comment.

Contact
Mr. John Morrow
Morrow’s Academy of Martial Arts
1321 5th Ave.
Moline, IL
309-764-1929

March 8

Upcoming: Illinois Valley Karate Tournament on April 17, 2011

Martial arts tournament promoter Gary Gillette will be hosting the Illinois Valley Karate Tournament in Morris, Ill., on April 17, 2011.

It will take place at Shabbona Middle School in Morris, and the tournament’s events include chanbara, self-defense, weapons, kata and kumite. Medals for 1st through 4th place will be awarded for chanbara and self-defense. Awards for the rest of the events include etched glass mugs for 1st through 3rd place and medals for 4th place. A grand champion will be awarded for men and women’s kumite.

Prices start at $40.

This tournament is a Professional Karate Commission-sanctioned event.

Download the information packet for the Illinois Valley Karate Tournament 2011, which includes more details on divisions and times.

Location
Shabonna Middle School
725 School Street
Morris, IL 60450

Contact
Gary Gillette
815-941-9790 or garygillette@sbcglobal.net

January 20

UPCOMING: Auvenshine’s Taekwondo 12th Annual Martial Arts Tournament

Mr. and Mrs. Bill and Patty Auvenshine host their 12th annual tournament at Lincoln Land College in Springfield, Ill. on Saturday, March 19.

Events include forms, sparring, grappling, breaking and weapons. Grand champions are awarded for junior and adult black belt forms. The rings are matted and there is also electronic scoring. On their Facebook page, the Auvenshines mention “expeditious scheduling,” which is the truth. They fill up a gym with about six rings and most of them are busy. Special athletes are encouraged to attend.

The school with the most competitors is awarded a plaque.

Metamora Martial Arts karateka have competed in this tournament twice – first in 2007 and again in 2010. I’ve been both times and would encourage everybody to make time in their schedules to attend this tournament.

Click here to register and to download a packet for all the details, including a schedule, motel recommendations, divisions and rules.

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