QUAD TOWN Vol. 44 No. 39 October 20, 2009
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Grand Champion of the Summer 2009
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.
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.
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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