The tournament was an eight-week program that started on June 28 and ended August 23 where the competitors had to demonstrate their self-defense concepts within their sparring techniques.
“This tournament was designed for the students to be able to break the barrier between the sport end of the martial arts and reality,” said Shihan Frank Ciarleglio, 5th Degree Black Belt and instructor at the Academy. “However, any competition that has rules or regulations is not true reality, but, this type of sparring helps the students get closer to reality without injuries”
The competitors sparred each other in a weekly tournament class, and within this tournament class, the competitor had to successfully carry out that weeks’ self-defense concept. At the end of each tournament class there was one champion for that week who was awarded a trophy for being that weeks’ tournament champion.
To be able to keep the title of Champion and the trophy the competitor had to successfully defend his\her title at the following weeks’ tournament class. At the end of the eight weeks, the person who won the most Championship bouts was honored with the title of Grand Champion of the summer 2014.
In the children’s division, Imran Lamhader was a one time Champion, Mason Battle was a three time Champion and Gabriel Ciarleglio was a four time Champion, earning him the title of Grand Champion of the Summer 2014.
In the adults and junior adults division, Benjamin Hawkins was a onetime Champion and Cazimir Bzdyra was six time Champion, earning him the title of Grand Champion of the Summer 2014.
“During any competition, winning is truly measured by how much someone learns from the experience as in any life lesson. Congratulations to all who participated and became better for it” said Ciarleglio.
More pictures and information on the concepts used in this tournament are at http://www.academyofkempo.com.
To contact the Academy of Kempo Martial Arts, call 203 288-9990.