1st Annual Open Martial Arts Championships

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Tournament: Michigan Tang Soo Do 1st Annual Open Martial Arts Championships, Saturday Oct. 22nd at the Total Sports Complex, 30990 Wixom Rd Wixom Mi 48393. Registration 9 a.m., Judges meet at 10:30, Competition begins at noon. Competitors $45, spectators $6. For More Information Contact GM Zacker at tmasblue7@aol.com or call 313-671-2576 anytime.
The Tang Soo Do Martial Arts Society In conjunction with JDS Enterprises Proudly Presents: THE WAR ON THE FLOOR!
This is an NASKA Rated BBB Event.
1st 2nd 3rd and 4th place trophies and medals in all divisions. Cash prize for mens adult black belt sparring , womens adult black belt sparring. Open to all styles and systems. Special Awards ceremony to some special pioneers of Tang Soo Do. Come be part of the Tournament of All Tournaments.

Triumphant British Karate Trio

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On September 21, 2005 the Competition Karate Association (CKA) took three competitors to the BIKO Open – and came back with three medals. Mumtaz Sharif won a bronze medal in the men’s black belt kumite event. Karachi Maduforo came in third during the women’s low grade kumite event. Current boy’s British bronze medallist, Ryan Lambert, achieved a silver medal and has set his sights on the English Junior National Championships in Sheffield later this year, where he won silver and gold medals in 2003. The CKA club are coached by current WIKF World Champion and former British and English Lightweight Champion, Steve Gul.
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Ready to Fight in England!!

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BREAKING NEWS
Mark Kingsland and Stephen Hare were selected to represent Great Britain at the Third World Weight Category Karate Championships in Tokyo, Japan on Sunday. The selection came after a series of selection sessions held in Wales and England earlier this year. Both men hold a rank of 2nd Dan, training and instructing at Bishop’s Stortford’s Kyokushin Karate Do. These men have fought in numerous competitions throughout Europe and the Middle East. This will be their first competition in Japan. KT wishes these guys all out best at the Third World Weight Category Karate Championships!

Taekwondo Versus Karate at the IOC

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As reported today Taekwondo is fighting for its survival with the IOC (International Olympic Committee). Interestingly Taekwondo’s loss could be Karate’s gain! “The president of the World Taekwondo Federation said he has mounted a big international campaign to win supporters for the martial art, while reforming the sport to make its judging easier to understand and its action more viewer friendly.” There are several reasons that Taekwondo finds itself on the block. First is the lack of media attention it received in the 2004 Games in Athens and its low television ratings. One of the most damaging reasons is charges that the judges were not impartial. Nothing looks worse then biased judging at any competition. Giving wieght to the appearance of impropriety is the sports link to Kim Un-yong, a former top Taekwondo officials AND former IOC vice president who was recently sentenced to a two-year jail term and a fine of $760,800 after being found guilty of corruption. None of these facts bode well for Taekwondo’s continued support from the IOC. If Taekwondo doesn’t recieve at least 50 out of 115 votes they will be removed from the 2012 Olympic Games. Taekwondo is not alone in this threat of removal from the games it shares the stage with Baseball, Softball and Modern Pentathlon. If any or all of these sports are eliminated from the 2012 Olympic Games there are five sports on the official waiting list looking to take their place; golf, karate, roller sports, seven-a-side rugby and squash. One would hope if Taekwondo is removed that Karate would be added so the Martial Arts will still have representation at the Olympic Games.

News from Ghana

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The News Story reports on the efforts to bring the Martial Arts, specifically Tae Kwan-do, Judo and Shotokan, to the country of Ghana. Previous efforts have been short-lived . The current effort focuses on reviving the flagship club and promoting the benefits of Karate-do to the countries youth.

Martial Arts Skater!

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Dylan Moscovitch loves sports! Currently he practices kung-fu daily in addition to being a competitive skater who has won numerous medals in Canada and International Men’s and Pairs Skating competitions. It would be interesting to hear from Dylan if skating helps his martial arts training or if his martial arts training helps his skating! Just another example of a successful martial artist.

Mixed Martial Arts…Win

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At the recent Eagles combatant tournament three soldiers won big using the mixed martial arts techniques they learned in their training. The article goes on to discuss the benefits of mixed martial arts training. Is there really anything new here? Most of the ‘newer’ martial art styles are simpy new styles that chose alacarte from the best of other styles. This doesn’t necessarily make them better. I think there is a large question of training. Hmmm guys from the military won! Could it be they take their training a little more seriously? Another possible anwer is that when people compete they have certain expectations given the style of their opponent. In having preconcienved ideas of what their opponent might do they tend to prejudge and thereby underestimate their opponent. If I spar with someone who practices Tae Kwon Do then I expect more kicks, if they suddenly hit me with a flurry of hand moves I might be caught off gaurd. I’m not saying these guys aren’t good, just the emphasis on the mixed martial arts might be misplaced.