Be a part of the adventure with us this September 17, 2016
Welcome to the 2016 27th State Martial Arts Festival!
This is our 7th year of bringing innovation and excitement to Martial Arts Competition like NO other Event . Here are some of the highlights.
We are ecstatic to once again be at the Don Taft Arena at the University Center on the gorgeous NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Campus.
We are very excited to be part of the new US Open series! Competitors will be able to qualify for the Championships, at the US Open, one of the most prestigious Tournament in The USA. It’s easy just win one and you’re in! All 1st and 2nd place winners at the Festival will qualify for special US Open Series divisions Competition next July in Disney World. Winners at the Championships will receive special recognition at the Saturday night Victory Showcase.
The other new divisions we’re excited about being able to offer is the World Kenpo Federation Forms and Self Defense. These divisions are for Kenpo Karate students to compete, who will be judged by qualified Kenpo Masters in forms and self-defense.
World Kenpo Federation
Kenpo Karate is known worldwide as one of the best
Self Defense systems ever created. The World Kenpo Federation will be
offering Competitors the opportunity to compete in Kenpo Self Defense
demos and Kenpo Forms. Winners will perform in Saturday Evening’s
“Showcase of Champions” on September 17th.
US Open Series
We are honored that our Tournament was chosen to INTRODUCE
This NEW Florida Championship series! All First and Second place winners
will qualify for the Championships with the final competition being held
during the Saturday Evening “Nite Of Champions” showcase at the US OPEN
next July in Walt Disney World!
Everyone wins a First Place! These Non-competitive
divisions are for competitors who are NEW to competition. If a competitor
has NOT competed in more than one other tournament then they may choose FIRST TIMER’S Forms and/or Point Sparring. Special FIRST TIMER 1st place Awards are “won” by each competitor!
Open Sport Karate
The bulk of the competition from Beginners to Black
Belt will compete in these divisions. Open to all styles of Martial Arts
in Weapons, Forms, Point Fighting and Continuous Fighting.
Are you up for the challenge?
Martial Arts Competition Sanctioned by:
We are excited about our new technology provider, DIGITEGO, who will be bringing us the latest in cutting edge technology in tournament management and online registration.
Rick Hartman - Festival Director
Last year we introduced “Gladiator Challenge I and this year’s Gladiator Challenge II promises to be even more exciting as the best of the best competition continues Gladiator II. We will again be sanctioned as a NASKA 3A (North American Sport Karate Association) and the FBBA-X 6A as well as our new US Open Series Qualifier designation. With cash prizes and one of the best Grand Champion Awards for Men and Women in Weapons, Forms and Fighting and Youth Teams you won’t want to miss the area’s top Black Belt Competitors compete for the Gladiator Headgear Trophy
A message from our Festival Director
Our grand champion awards are “out of sight” one of the best grand Champion awards of the year!
Sr. Professor Manny Reyes, Sr., a 10th degree Black Belt in American Kenpo Karate and promoter of the Pan American Internationals will again coordinate our Open Sport Karate divisions along with Grand Master Hector Rodriguez. As the promoter of the Pan American Internationals a 6A NASKA World Tour Event. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA.) He is also the President of the Florida Black Belt Association (FBBA-X) and arbitrates and coordinates all FBBA-X Competitions in South Florida.
Grand-master Hector Rodriguez is the Director of Open Sport Karate and coordinates our Saturday Evening Showcase of Champions. He has promoted Martial Arts Events for over 20 years. He is Grand-Master Instructor and owner of American Pride Martial Arts. Originally born in Puerto Rico, He has trained in Martial Arts for over 36 years. He is currently a 6th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do(Jhoon Rhee), 7th Degree in Ju Jitsu (Jedan Ryu), 5th Degree in Atemi- Ryu Karate(Soke Joseph Williams ), and 4th Degree Haemukwan Hapkido (Gary Pointer). He is a Certified Instructor in Arnis by Greg Allan (Kali Silat Society). He also has extensive training in Shotokan, Goju-Ryu, Kick Boxing, and Kobudo. Grand-master Rodriguez has been operating Martial Arts Schools for the last 30 years and teaching for 35 years. Grand-master Rodriguez served in the US Army for 4 years in Active Duty, where he participated in Desert Storm 1991, was deployed to Somalia and Bosnia, and also participated in Operation Bright Star Egypt 1992. He joined the Florida National Guard where he received his commission as 2nd Lieutenant. He served for 12 years and he achieved the rank of Captain.
For a complete Biography of these Directors please see our Board of Director’s section.
We are thrilled to bring you one the best competitions of the year. We look forward to providing you with one of the best competition experiences of your life. See you on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Be sure and bring you best skills…. your gonna need them! Thanks for considering us!