Ending the year strong with another competition last Sunday with our strong fantastic students! This event went beyond competition as it was a charity tournament to collect and raise money for Toy's For Tots, hosted by the World Karate Union!
Our school is extremely proud to have participated and donated the 2021 Toys For Tots Karate Tournament! Our school was able to bring roughly 50 toys with us to donate from our student's contributions. The event overall raised $8,300 for Marine Toys for Tots Foundation! Every student at our school should feel proud to be part of helping a child in need being connected with a Toy this holiday.
Our students were in full form with many of them competing and placing in Weapons, Kata, and Kumite/Fighting. Also a VERY colorful demonstration by Sensei Adel involving a shoe that earned him a Silver Medal!
Overall the school brought home 5 Gold Medals, 8 Silver, and 8 Bronze for the day amongst all our participating students. Our students whipped through their weapons demonstrations with some of the most exciting Nunchaku, Sai, Escrima, and Bo Staff Katas! Sensei Jennie was fierce with her Escrimas and her gloves when fighting in the ring.
All student's placing in Kata demonstrated Traditional Okinawan Goju-Ryu Kenkyukai Katas. Adult Beginner white belt, Ben, earned a Gold metal with his demonstration of Gekisai Dai Ichi Kata. Sensei Howie earned a Bronze with his demonstration of Saifa, and Sensei Mat earned Gold with Seiyunchin Kata.
The day was finished off with Sensei Mat taking home a Gold Metal for the Adult Men's Black Belt fighting division with his Captain America Hayabusa Gloves!
Congratulations to everyone involved for their victories, effort, and being part of such an amazing cause for the holidays! Thanks to the World Karate Union for inviting and hosting such a great event. We look forward to being part of the next event.
The Who's Who Championship, hosted by Hei Long Dojo, is a New Jersey tournament that happens every year at Fort Monmouth. The United Martial Artist Academy was very excited to be invited and have the chance to be part of this in person experience.
Very proud of our warriors and mentors who came out to participate and support last week's tournament! Our students placed in multiple divisions in kata, weapons, and fighting! This is the first tournament we went to as a school since COVID-19 we couldn't be prouder of everyone's effort and dedication!
Congratulations to everyone who attended and competed!