September Tournament Results

A little late for these tournament results but better late than never. Two tournaments were held in September. First was the King of The Jungle Karate Tournament Held at South Padre Island. This competition is the biggest tournament in the Rio Grande Valley every year. Competitors as far as Louisiana came to this tournament. It is a National Black Belt League Tournament or NBL tournament. Some of these competitions show on ESPN; that’s how big of a deal these tournaments are. This tournament was held On September 6th, and 7th at the Hilton Garden Inn. 

First Day of competition was weapons forms. First up in the weapons division was Joseph Colon who came away with a second place win in beginner traditional weapons with his powerful broadsword form. Next was Aliah Castillo who missed her beginner category and due to a mix up competed in the intermediate division. She still came away with a jaw dropping second place in INTERMEDIATE weapons for her age group. 

The following day was everything else! The day started off with the demo division, in this tournament any one can sign up to do a form and receive a medal and a stuffed animal, since this was going to be Mia Castillo’s first tournament this was a good way to “get her feet wet”. For her first tournament, she did extremely well and put on one of the best performances in that division. 

The next division was the twin dragons division with twins Isaiah, and Briana Colon. Isaiah put on an amazing performance, but the judges didn’t see what we saw, he fell just a tenth of a point behind the third place finisher but put on one of the best performances in my eyes. His twin dragon Briana put on an amazing display of our Pou Chuan, or Cannon Fist form, and came away with a second place win. 

Next to compete was the older brother of the twins Joseph Colon, he as well blew the judges away with his performance capturing the second place position. 

Bradley Odoms also competed in that division and took first place right after Joseph. 

Next was Aliah Castillo who also took second place in traditional forms. 

Jr. Assistant Brandon Odoms Also Came away with a second place steal in his traditional hand forms division as well as his newly learned Pudao form in open weapons. 

Next was the point sparing division, Aliah Castillo fought extremely hard, and came away with a second place win. 

Joseph Colon also came away with a second place win in point fighting. 

Jr. Assistant Brandon Odoms fought four extremely hard matches against very experienced fighters, and came away with a third place win in that category as well. 

The following week Sophia Castillo Competed at Mr. Saldana’s fight for cancer tournament held in Mercedes. She did very well! She received a First Place in Weapons division, second place in forms, and fought two hard matches, and was the smallest in her division like always. Sophia Castillo constantly proves that size does not matter. Sophia walked away with a third place in Sparring. 

Overall I am very happy with my students progress. Tournaments are not required for testing, but it is very good for experience. Local tournaments are not pushed as much as the further tournaments such as ICMAC (International Chinese Martial Arts Competition) circuit tournaments or the Legends of Kung Fu Tournament. These local tournaments are mainly point sparring, due to Karate and Tae Kwan Do rules. The tournaments the students as well as myself get excited about, are the continuous fighting tournaments which are the Kung Fu tournaments mentioned above. Any tournament is mainly for fun and experience. I am very pleased with all the students performances like always!

King of The Jungle Tournament Results Saldana’s Cancer Tournament Results
1st X 1 1st X 1
2nd X 10 2nd X 1
3rd X 0 3rd X 1