QUAD TOWN Vol. 45 No. 36 September 28, 2010
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Academy of Kempo
Grand Champion of the Summer 2010
Pictured (L – R): SSome of the children who participated in the children division. Gabriella Rodriguez, Khiry Oliver, Ivan Lazaro, the Grand Champion of the Summer 2010 for the Children’s Division Kevin Antoine, Gabriel Ciarleglio and Alexander Antoine.
Pictured (L – R): Some of the Junior Adults and Adults who participated in the Adult division. Ben Hawkins, the Grand Champion of the Summer 2010 for the Adult’s Division – Cazimir Bzdyra and Ziael Aponte
Hamden: The Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden recently held its eighth annual Champion of the Week Tournament. The tournament was an eight-week program that started on July 17, 2010 and ended September 11, 2010. At this tournament, the competitors had to demonstrate their self-defense concepts within their sparring techniques. This tournament was designed for the students to be able to break the barrier between the sport end of the martial arts and reality. However, any competition that has rules or regulations is not true reality, but, this type of sparring helps the students get closer to reality without injuries. The competitors sparred each other in a weekly tournament class; within this tournament class, the competitor had to successfully carry out that weeks’ self-defense concept. At the end of each tournament class there was one Champion for that week. That Champion was awarded a trophy for being that weeks’ tournament Champion, but to be able to keep the title of Champion and the trophy the competitor had to successfully defend his\her title at the following weeks’ tournament class. At the end of the eight weeks, the person who won the most Championship bouts was honored with the title of Grand Champion of the Summer 2010.
There were two divisions, the children’s division and the beginner adults/junior adults division. In the children’s division: Emily Maranets (from Woodbridge) was two-time Champion, Gabriel Ciarleglio and Khiry Oliver (both from Hamden) were one time Champions. Kevin Antoine (from Hamden) was a four time Champion earning him the title of Grand Champion of the Summer 2010. In the beginner adults and junior adults division, Ziael Aponte was two time Champions and Cazimir Bzdyra (from West Hartford) was four time Champion earning him the title of Grand Champion of the Summer 2010.
During any competition, winning is truly measured by how much someone learns from the experience as in any life lesson. Congratulations to all who participated and became better for it. You can find more pictures and information on the concepts used in this tournament at www.academyofkempo.com. To contact the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts you can call 288-9990.
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