QUAD TOWN        Vol. 44        No. 39        October 20, 2009


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Grand Champion of the Summer 2009


Pictured left (L-F): Some of the children who participated in the children division. (L – R): Gabriel Ciarleglio, Alexander Antoine, Antwuan Douglas, the Grand Champion of the Summer 2009 for the Children’s Division – Ziael Aponte, Timothy Wieland, Michael Rotondo and Kevin Antoine.  

Pictured below (L-F): Some of the Junior Adults and Adults who participated in the Adult division. (L – R): Shara Bouvier, Sara Miller, Maya Caicedo, Michelle W. Bojarski, the Grand Champion of the Summer 2009 for the Adult’s Division – Cazimir Bzdyra, Christopher Primer Jr., Jonandrew Ochoa, Ben Hawkins and Javier Soto Jr.

Hamden: The Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden recently held its seventh annual Champion of the Week Tournament. The tournament was an eight-week program that started on July 11, 2009 and ended August 29, 2009. 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 any rules or regulations is not true reality, 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 2009.

There were two divisions, the children’s division and the beginner adults/junior adults division. Kevin Antoine (from Hamden) was two-time Champion. Ziael Aponte (from New Haven) was a six time Champion earning him the title of Grand Champion of the Summer 2009. In the beginner adults and junior adults division, Ben Hawkins and Shara Bouvier were one time Champions and Cazimir Bzdyra (from Hamden) was six time Champion earning him the title of Grand Champion of the Summer 2009.

            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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