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

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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January 7

8th Annual Auvenshine’s Taekwondo Martial Arts Tournament – 1/27/07

Auburn Jr. High School

Auburn, Ill.

Stephen Arnold

1st place Forms
2nd place Weapons

Brock Blessman

1st place Forms
3rd place Sparring
4th place Weapons

Clay Blum

1st place Forms
2nd place Grappling
3rd place Sparring
Clay was forced to forfeit the match due to injury.

Adam Bockler

Competed, but did not place, in Forms

Daisy Breitbarth

1st place Forms
1st place Grappling
1st place Sparring
1st place Weapons

Joe Chianakas

1st place Forms
Adult Forms Grand Champion

Jim Craig

2nd place Forms
1st place Weapons

Mark Craig

1st place Forms
1st place Sparring
Jim and Mark competed in the same Forms division.

Carly Crabtree

1st place Forms
1st place Sparring

Roger Crow

1st place Forms
1st place Sparring

Jake Folger

4th place Forms
Jake also competed in Grappling.

Meaghan Gove

4th place Forms
3rd place Sparring

Tyler Prunty

1st place Forms
3rd place Weapons

Cliff Rummel

1st place Grappling
2nd place Sparring

Brandon Sassaman

2nd place Forms
2nd place Grappling
2nd place Sparring

Alex Schertz

1st place Forms
1st place Weapons
Alex was also in Tyler and Brock’s Weapons division.

Courtney Yeast

1st place Forms
Courtney and Meaghan were in the same Forms division.