Guam - The World Karate Organization Shinkyokushinkai Guam will be hosting the 1st Invitational Youth Karate Tournament Saturday, April 26th at the Yigo Gym. Over 40 competitors from the Yigo Dojo and Eleanor Minors Martial Arts School are expected to participate in various age and gender categories. The tournament will follow guidelines set forth by the World Karate Organization Shinkyokushinkai and will future matches under what is commonly known as "knockdown" or "full contact" Karate.
Brand chief Chris Biolchino told KUAM Sports, "I have wanted to have a format where we can have our students compete against other students so they get a more broad experience. And also for the students that are coming in, that haven't fought under the knock down karate format it gives them a way to get experience. A lot of the students that are fighting in this competition have never fought on the tournament mat before so it's a really good way for them to build experience without having to go off island."
Tickets are $5 in advance and are available at the Yigo Dojo and through members of WKO Shinkyokushinkai Guam and are $10 at the door. The event starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. For more information call 969-0901
Biolchino added, "Basically in order to score a point there has to be a strong kick to the head or a strong kick or punch to the body that knocks down the opponent or causes enough damage that the person can't compete temporarily. If there is no knock down basically what the judges are looking at is the amount of damage the other person causes. The number of techniques and the number of effective techniques and that is used on the criteria of a decision. If there is a knockdown, the person that does the knockdown automatically wins."