15th Annual American International Karate Championships

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November 5, 2005 – Rochester, NY, USA is the date for the 15th Annual American International Karate Championships. With check-in times beginning at 8:30, the fun starts at 9:30 and runs well into the night. Day events focus on kata, semi-contact fights and weapons use. The evening program is devoted to Brown and Black Belt Knockdown Competition, this begins at 6:00 PM and runs until the last man or woman is standing! Rochester is set in up-State NY near the Ohio border. This event looks to be a lot of fun for spectator and participants alike. Hope to see you there.
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International Simon Bolivar Cup Competition

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Karate contestants from 13 countries have confirmed participation in the International Simon Bolivar Cup, which will be held in Venezuela next week. Athletes from France, Cuba, Colombia, Canada, El Salvador, Trinidad & Tobago, Brazil, Egypt, Guatemala, Ecuador, the US and a strong Venezuelan representation will compete in individual and collective kata (female and male), female kumite (combat) in 53, 60 and over 60 kg, male kumite in 60, 65, 70, 75, 80 and over 80 kg, and the open category in both sexes.
Venezuela will present 20 teams in the event, including their two national teams.
One of the athletes who confirmed participation is Canadian Katarina Vadovicova, gold medal in the female kata competition in the Open Tournament of Germany.
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1st Annual Sheikh Zayed World Karate Riyu-Jitsu Open Tournament

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From Manipur,India – ADNH sponsors first Sheikh Zayed World Karate Riyu-Jitsu Open Tournament
In honour of the late H.H Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and under the patronage of H.H Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak, Minister of Education, Abu Dhabi National Hotels (ADNH) sponsored the First Sheikh Zayed World Karate Riyu-Jitsu Open Tournament on September 21 .
The tournament took place on September 21 and was organised by Khulood Karate Club in collaboration with the UAE Wrestling and Judo Federation, which hosted the event at its Abu Dhabi headquarters.
Around 85 fighters from 22 different countries including United Arab Emirates, USA, Japan, Spain, Lebanon, Iran, India, Palestine, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia had taken part with the UAE team being the largest, made up of 22 players.
As part of the events schedule teams will visit the tomb of H.H Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan on September 22, to pay their respects to the late UAE leader. Abu Dhabi National Hotel’s sponsorship of the event involved providing accommodation and transport to fighters and delegates.
“The tournament will be a great tribute to our late leader and will strengthen the reputation of Abu Dhabi as an ideal location for sporting events,” said H. E. Khalifa Nasser Bin Huwaileel Al Mansoori, Chairman, Abu Dhabi National Hotels.
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Small Club Makes the Grade

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congratulationsAs Reported Mark Whybrow and Adam Rorke walked away from the Australian Kyokushin Karate Association’s (AKKA) full contact, bare-knuckle championships with first runner-up trophies. Both were very happy with their accomplishment. As Adam Rorke’s first bare knuckle competition his performance was impressive. This was Mark Whybrow’s first competition since he won the NSW heavyweight full contact karate championship in 2000. Both are members of the Kamao Martial Arts Dojo.
Students through to finals Kamao Martial Arts hold their classes at Orange East Public School every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.30pm till 8.30pm. for more information contact Randy Tandang at 0414 933 627 or 0414 384 507.

Taiwanese Grandmaster Wen Hsueh Hung Visits New Jersey, USA

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As part of an new exchange program Americans in North Hanover, NJ, USA got the opportunity to be the first people in America to see Taiwanese Grandmaster Wen Hsueh Hung and his students display their Martial Arts skills. The 80-year-old Grandmaster Hung spoke of the health benefits of the Martial Arts, something that is common knowledge in his culture. His hope is to help Americans make the Martial Arts part of their culture thereby improving their health. At the end of the demonstration six American students unsuccessfully attempted to move the 80 year old Grandmaster who stood on one foot! Certainly evidence of the health benefits of his life in the Martial Arts. Grandmaster Hung captivated the crowd with his personality, humor, youthfulness and most of all his skills.

Independent Tournament Circuit

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The first Mississippi Valley Tournament took place this past Saturday, June 11, 2005. The participants ranged from kids 6 years old to adults. The event is part of a new Independent Tournament Circuit in the Mississippi area sponsored by Jay Green. Another competition event is planned for this August.

The 28th Battle of Florida

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This Saturday (6/11/05) martial artists from Tae Kwon Do, Kung Fu, karate, kick boxing and Aikido will compete at the 28th Battle of Florida held in the Jupiter High School Gymnasium. There will be over 200 divisions with competitors from across Flordia and the Unites States. The event will also be the site of ‘The Night of Campions Show’. Sponsored by Zaino’s Martial Arts Academy general admission on Friday, Saturday morning and Saturday evening is $10.00, two-day passes are available for $15.00. For more information call (561) 575-5425. Reported in the TCPalm – Registration Required