The U.S. National Martial Arts Alliance tournament we are sponsoring on April 27th, 2013 will be held at the Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church, 9132 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37923.
TIMES: We will start at 10:00 a.m. with the Black Belt Meeting.
EVENTS and COMPETITORS: As of now, we will showcase the following events: Open-Handed Forms, Weapons Forms, Musical Forms, Synch Forms, Point Sparring, Chanbarra, and Breaking. We will break into divisions as needed per age and gender with advanced, intermediate and beginner; adult Black Belt will be broken into 3rd Dan and under and 4th Dan and up (men's and women's). Medals will be awarded for 1st-3rd places and certificates for 4th place. This is an Alliance Sanctioned Event, so we will be turning in points for all U.S. National Martial Arts Alliance competitors.
There will be some lunch and snacks and drinks available. Black belts who judge will have fees waived. Cost is $35 for all events.
SPARRING: This will be point sparring: 1 point for a kick or hand technique to a legal target area.(The fingertip ends of the gloves do not constitute a legal technique, this is for the folks that shake the gloves down past their fingers and use the length of the glove to hit their opponent with) The legal target areas are the chest, abdomen and sides of the head. Penalty areas are the face, top of the head, the neck and below the belt. No point areas include the back and the arms.
Contact - any undue snapping of the head, swelling, blood or redness constitutes a disqualification. Students are expected to exhibit control commensurate with their experience. Contestants must stay in the ring: if one foot is out of the ring, that person can be scored upon but cannot score a point on their opponent. No points are scored outside the ring, and the contestants will be cautioned by the judge to stay inside.
Rounds are 3 minutes or 5 points, whichever comes first. Black Belts may have moderate contact and may use the face as a legal target area IF there is a consensus at the black belt meeting that this is to be allowed.
BREAKING: Breaking is on an ABC round (standard for Alliance). Contestant will announce their breaks, with up to 5 stations, and they may use wood, concrete, brick, block, etc. (Glass, ice and fire are prohibited.) If they break everything on the 1st hit, they stay in the A round. If they miss once, they go to the B round. If they miss two or more times, they are in the C round.
Breaks are scored for difficulty. At the end of the division, people in the A round will have their scores compared and the highest score wins. If no one is in the A round, it drops to the B round and the person with the highest score wins. If no one is in the A or B round, then the highest score in the C round will win. So, a person breaking 3 single boards would win if they broke all three on the first try, and everyone else missed at least one. However if someone else does more difficult breaks and also does not miss, they would win.
CHANBARRA: Chanbarra is soft sword sparring. Except for cups, we provide all equipment including headgear, but you are free to use your own equipment, if you have it avaialble. Both hands must remain on the weapon at all times or disqualification can happen. Legal striking areas are the head, chest, arms, hands, legs, and groin. Each legal hit is one point.
These will be 3 minute rounds or 5 points, whichever comes first. Strikes with the chanbarra that count will be anywhere along its length (except the tip, the first 2 inches) and the "point" or end when it is used in a straight thrust.
Please feel free to ask any other questions that you feel will help you or your students prepare for the tournament. You may email me here: Sensei Toni McSorley.