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Everyone get excited! It’s time for the 2019 Kenpo Invitational Tournament, our end of the school year competition. The competition will be held on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Episcopal School of Dallas in the Competition Gymnasium. We welcome participants and families from all our schools (dojos) including: The DaVinci School, Wesley Prep, St. John’s Episcopal, The Learning Tree, Stonewall Jackson, Hyer Elementary, Parish Episcopal, Lake Highlands Elementary, Merriman Park Elementary, Preston Hollow Elementary, Good Shepherd Episcopal, Greenhill School and our CSSD studios in North Richland Hills, our Lakewood dojo, and the Bachman Headquarters dojo.
This is a chance for family and friends to watch our kids compete against each other for individual medals and also one of the three Grand Prize Cups! The divisions have been broken down as fairly as possible. Divisions for Kata (forms) and Self Defense have been determined by age and rank. Divisions for Grappling have been determined by age, rank, size and gender whenever possible.
Medals for competitors will be awarded to first, second and third place, and all runner-ups will receive a winner’s medal. Points will be awarded towards the School Trophies as follows: 4 for a first, 3 for a second, 2 for a third place and 1 for everyone else. One point will also be awarded for each competitor in the Beginner Show Division. The points will be tallied and the winning school will take the bragging rights for one of 3 Grand Prize Cups. 1) The Nick Cerio Memorial Cup – awarded to the full time dojo with the most points. 2) The Private School Cup – awarded for the after school karate program at a private school with the most points. 3) The Public School Cup – awarded for the after school karate program at a Public school with the most points.
One of our most popular events is our Beginners’ Show Division. This is an introduction to our Tournament for our youngest and newest members (ages 3-6 white belt / striped white belt, yellow belt / striped yellow belt). This division allows the children to compete in an individual AND group format (think dance recital). All competitors in this division receive a trophy for their participation. These children may also compete in one of the other divisions for their rank if they choose to (+ $10 per division).
Carefully review the division times found on the cover sheet and be sure to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to your division starting time. Also, it is mandatory in Self Defense Divisions that your Self Defense Partner/Uke is with you at the time your division starts, and must be at least your rank or one color belt higher. In addition, they are required to wear headgear (provided) – NO EXCEPTIONS.
As always, we strive to make this event as successful as possible and appreciate you showing your support by competing and attending. Just remember, that the important thing is not whether you win, but rather the fact that you came out and tried. This is a personal achievement that your kids should be proud of. With that in mind, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you the best of luck and urge you to get out there and support your school!
Remember… Competition order and byes are awarded in the order we receive your application! So take advantage and register early.
For more detailed information regarding the 2020 Kenpo Tournament – please visit our event page HERE
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