Illinois State Martial Arts Tournament Circuit Tournament, Aurora Turners Club

Illinois State Martial Arts Tournament Circuit Tournament, Aurora Turners Club

The tournament, held Oct. 13 at the Turners Club in Aurora, 20 minutes after the advertised start time. There was a smaller turn-out this time, so the delay was probably to give a chance for late-comers. Once it started, the event went as smoothly as ever.

It was my first post-surgery tournament as a competitor, so I had no expectations going in. Well, other than the expectation that tournament organizers would try to convince me to be part of a smaller women’s black belt division. They did (twice) and I, again, refused.

Competing in local tournaments, as a kyu level, there was one black belt division. For the most part, the guys who make up the division now, are the same competitors I looked up to as a kyu. And, since 2007, I’ve been working to compete in that division with those black belts.

So, it’s irritating event organizers try to separate me out. But, you’ll notice, it’s not so irritating that I’ve stopped going. The benefit of going to small tournaments is that, to some extent, we are able to make our own experiences.


Upcoming Tournament: Oct. 13 at Turners Club, Aurora IL

Upcoming Tournament: Oct. 13 at Turners Club, Aurora IL

The Illinois State Martial Arts Tournament Circuit will hold a tournament on Oct. 13, 2013, at the Aurora Turners Club Sports Facility 1335 Mitchell Rd., Aurora, IL. Registration is from 11 a.m. to noon. Tournament starts at noon.

Small tournaments that meet frequently. Event moves very quickly. Fee for competitors is $40 for one or more divisions. Adult spectators pay $5; kids under 12 pay $3 to watch. Portion of proceeds donated to the Illinois State Martial Arts Hall of Fame.

For information, call Shihan Mark Nixon, 815-919-7540, or Shihan Mike Peura, 630-553-8378. View flyer.

Check out the Facebook photos from the last Circuit Tournament (September 2013) held in Sugar Grove, IL.

Upcoming Tournament: Sept. 8 in Sugar Grove

Rocky’s Dojo and Gym Open Martial Arts Tournament, Sept. 8, 2013, Sugar Grove Community House, Sugar Grove, IL

$35 Registration (walk-in only) for one or more events

$5 adult spectators/$3 for kids under 12

Registration is at 10 a.m. and bow in is at noon. Small tournament with a good group of judges. The Troutmans have been hosting 4 tournaments a year for the past 30-35 years. So, it runs very smoothly. Large facility, ample parking.

Download the flyer at Rocky’s Web site:

Girls N Gis All Female Martial Arts Tournament – Aug. 3, 2013

The Thompson Karate Foundation’s third annual Girls N Gi all female tournament will be held Aug. 3, 2012 at Malcolm X College, 1900 West Van Buren Street in Chicago, IL. Registration is 12:00pm(noon). Black belt meeting is at 12:45pm.

Self Defense eliminations begin at 1 p.m.Other divisions will immediately follow.

Black belt judges are asked to wear proper martial arts uniforms with belt belt. Black Belt Judges who arrive after 1:30pm must pay spectator fee ($10 at the door).

Tournament fee is $25 for  all events-single competitor. At the Door (August 3, 2013) $50 for the first division and $10 each additional division, team $100 and spectators $10. If you register online, there are some minor fees associated with EventBrite.

Note: As of today, the prices on EventBrite are exactly as I listed.  But, the EventBrite website states “after June 30th, the price of the tournament is $35 for 1 division and $10 each additional division.” Please keep this in mind when registering.

Register online at You can email event organizers from there.

Or you can also check out the foundation’s Web site at




Dragon Fire Diamond Competition Scheduled for June 23 (Aurora, IL)

Dragon Fire Diamond Competition Scheduled for June 23 (Aurora, IL)

The 2013 Dragon Fire Diamond Competition will be held June 23, 2013, at the Prisco Center Fox Valley Park District, 150 West Illinois Ave. in Aurora, IL. This is an AKA and PKC rated AA event. According to Rob Taylor of Browns Dragonfire  this is the first time the AKA and PKC and co-sanctioned an event.

If you register by June 15, the registration fee is $49 for the first three events and $5 for each additional event. Registration after the 15th, is $49 for the first event and $5 for each additional event. Online registration and a printable PDF registration form is available at the Browns Dragonfire Web site. (Stick around for a minute to check out their new Web design.)