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Variety of martial arts on display at tourney

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by Dave Delgado

Guam - The 2010 National Martial Arts Friendship Invitation takes place this Saturday at 1pm at the Marriott Hotel. Competitors are asked to be at the event at 12pm with fights getting underway at 1pm downstairs in the ballroom.

Sifu Jacob Ignacigo said, "We've got various different styles of martial arts competing in this event on Saturday. We have Kempo Karate, Shourin Karate that is a traditional Okinawan Martial Arts, Hapkido, which is a Korean form of Aikido and we also have Minor's Taekwondo which is the only taekwondo school participating in this event. This is going to be a very action packed event, this is the first time karate and jiu-jitsu will be together at a tournament going on at the same time on the same mat. You will be seeing kids matches for the first time. Kids karate matches and we will also be having 4 women's bouts going on so it will be a lot of high flying kicks and fast punches from the karate group so it will be a very exciting and spectacular event."

Weigh-ins for the event takes place tomorrow night from 5-7pm at the Marriott Hotel with the main emphasis on the Friendship Invitation to present the traditional martial arts in a family setting.

Professor Caesar Whitt, "We will be using standard CBJJ rules and our refs are all from different gyms, so it's pretty much a non-partisan tournament. We're not here for any politics we're just here to put on a good tournament in a family setting, that's what we are really trying to do and to promote our young and up coming players. The main goal of this tournament is to introduce the sport to people that wouldn't normally walk into a gym and to see martial arts in a positive light.

"We really want to be the ones that show martial arts for the very first time, we want them to love it the way that Sifu Jacob and I still love martial arts and we still love to teach it and we just want to share this with the rest of the island pretty much."

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