Pictured are some of the
children who participated in the children division. (L – R): Lenny Stevenson,
Mitchell Stevenson Jr., the Grand Champion of the Summer 2007 for the
Children’s Division – Tyler Ronne, Jonandrew Ochoa, and Alexavier Lyons.
The Academy of Kempo Martial Arts in Hamden held its fifth annual Champion of
the Week Tournament. The tournament was an eight-week program that started on
July 1, 2007 and ended August 25, 2007. 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. Though 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 2007.
were three divisions, the children’s division, the beginner adults and junior
adults division, and the advanced adults division. In the children’s division
Matthew Tomlin (from Hamden) was one time Champion, Jonandrew Ochoa (from
Hamden) was one time Champion and Tyler Ronne (from Woodbridge) was five time
Champion, earning the title of Grand Champion of the Summer 2007. In the
beginner adults and junior adults division Amy Decker (from Hamden) was one time
Champion and Arthur Battle (from Hamden) was seven time Champion earning the
title of Grand Champion of the Summer 2007. In the advanced adults division
Steve Couzzo (from East Haven) was a five time Champion, earning the title of
Grand Champion of the Summer 2007.
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