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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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.