Saturday, June 16, 2007

Karate Tournament

Click on the picture of Tete and me to view the slideshow.
Our BIG event on Sunday was the Karate Tournament.
We spent from 9am to almost 5pm at the tournament.

Makkiah was our only white belt competing in the tournament and his "events" were in the morning.

All the white belts warm up together and then they are divided into age groups.

They all do forms and then sparring (fighting).

The organization comes together four times a year to compete. Each instructor jas their own way of teaching the kids moves and each judges a different square. The kids are broken up by belt color and age.

All the kids in the 4-6 age group looked a little confused by the instructions given by the judge for the forms part of the competition but it was still fun to watch them.

Makkiah placed third in forms.

He placed second in sparring-

We brought chicken, potato salad and some other stuff for lunch. Rod and Tyreque brought the wagon around back and we all ate.

After we were done we watched the black belt demonstration and the prize drawing.

In the afternoon all the colored belts have their events.

They all warm up together and then are split into belt and age groups as well.

Brayana and Destini were in the same group and Jaleel was in a different group for both forms & sparring.

None of our colored belts placed in forms. They were competing against yellow and orange belts and know now that they need to practice harder.

Brayana placed 1st in sparring and Destini placed 3rd. Destini ended up giving one of her opponents a bloody nose so she automatically lost that match. If she has won then she would have faced Brayana to determine the 1st and 2nd place spots.

Jaleel faced a harder group of competitors. He had a good round that lasted a long time but in the end he was eliminated and his opponent moved on to the next round. Probably didn't help that his Dad picked out the wrong size athletic protector.
He did receive a participation trophy though.


Marsha said...

hA YAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wHOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!

Amah said...

It was sure great to be there. They all did a great job!!