Upcoming Tournament: Nov. 10 in Sugar Grove

Upcoming Tournament: Nov. 10 in Sugar Grove

Rocky’s Dojo and Gym Open Martial Arts Tournament, Nov. 10, 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: http://www.rockysdojo.com/PDFs/TOURNAMENT_FLYER_Nov_2013.pdf.

Rocky said, at this tournament, they will be giving out trophies to all youth competitors. So, this is a good first tournament for young children. He also reminds instructors, coaches and sensei to wear their gi, if they plan to help judge. (But that might have been directed at me, personally.)

This is the last tournament that will count for points in the Illinois State Martial Arts Circuit.

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.

 

Guide for Busy Karate Parents: What Happens at a Tournament?

Guide for Busy Karate Parents: What Happens at a Tournament?

I’m working on a short guide for our karate parents. It will be a little primer covering what to expect, what to bring and how much all this is going to cost them. As I’m working on it, I’ll be putting portions of it here to test it out in front of a friendly audience. Please, let me know what you think.

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Of course there are a lot of variations, depending on the size of the tournament and who is hosting/promoting the event.  A large tournament taking place over two or more days won’t have the exact  same structure as a local tournament that only takes 4 hours from beginning to end. This is based on my experience at what I call “medium” tournaments — those which are rated AA or AAA tournaments by their sanctioning bodies.

1. Registration

When you arrive at the event location, it’s time to register or, if you registered in advance, check in.  Small tournaments, many of which don’t have pre-registration, will have one line. Larger tournaments usually have at least two: one for competitors who registered in advance and one for competitors registering at the door.

It is typically to your advantage to register in advance. There is almost always a discount for preregistering. Often, there is also a competitive advantage. Those who register first, may get to compete last: a clear advantage if your child is in a large division. The preregistration line also moves more quickly. The drawback is that promoters will not return your money if you later learn you can’t attend the tournament. If the tournament is canceled, you should receive a refund. But, if you are the one who can’t attend, you will not get your money back.

When you register, you (and your competitor) will either get a stamp on your hand or a Tyvek wrist  band.  Help your competitor put hers on.
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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.

Guide for Busy Karate Parents: Is My  Child Ready for Tournaments?

Guide for Busy Karate Parents: Is My Child Ready for Tournaments?

ishereadyI’m working on a short guide for our karate parents. It will be a little primer covering what to expect, what to bring and how much all this is going to cost them. As I’m working on it, I’ll be putting portions of it here to test it out in front of a friendly audience. Please, let me know what you think.

As a tournament approaches, I’ll approach the parent of a new team member.  I’ll explain their student has been working hard on her kata and has shown great improvement from their efforts. The student knows her backup plan in case she forgets her kata. (It will happen to  everyone at least once.) She knows the basics of point sparring and ring etiquette.

“If it’s something she’s interested in, she’s welcome to join as at the next tournament.”

At this point, the parents always ask if their child is ready to compete. It’s time to answer their question with some questions.

Will your child be able to find their ring?

Tournaments are noisy and there is a lot of stuff going on to distract a young child. So, if your coach is judging in another ring or is otherwise disposed helping another team member, can your child find her ring? If she needs help finding her ring, are there older and more experienced team members attending who can help her? Will you be available to help her get to where she needs to be to compete, if she needs it?
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