Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The First Annual Shidokan Cup (Aug. 18th 2012 - ATL, Ga.)

Richard Trammell doing what he does best...
I really wanted to share this with you guys.

It's a write-up of the 1rst Annual Shidokan Cup Karate Tournament and was written by Sensei Richard Trammell of Shidokan Atlanta.

Sensei Trammell and Shidokan Atlanta put on an awesome tournament that was fun to watch and amazing to compete in. 
Here's what Richard has to say about Shidokan and the past weekend's tournament:

"For those of you who don't know, Shidokan is known as, “The Triathlon of Martial Arts”. It has aired on ESPN, ESPN 2, Fox Sports and Pay-Per-View, where athletes compete under 3 disciplines: Bare Knuckle Karate, Thai Boxing, and Grappling (MMA). This triathlon concept teaches participants to have an open mind to learning and developing a well- rounded approach to martial arts training. 

In 1981, Yoshiji Soeno broke away from Kyokushin (Mas Oyama’s style) and started The World Karate Association Shidokan. Taking the base of full contact karate, he added Muay Thai and Judo (his first martial art). Over the years the style spread internationally. Through the U.S. Shidokan Open (which later became the Shidokan World Open), Shidokan gained TV exposure in the 1990s. Shihan Eddie Yoshimura (U.S. Shidodan President) promoted there bare knuckle karate events and eventually added kickboxing and grappling to this karate event. 

The sporting side of Shidokan has athletes fighting in Knockdown Karate, Kickboxing, Submission Grappling and MMA. While the Art of Shidokan is practiced by all ages allowing them the traditional aspects of discipline, respect, and honor, while giving students fitness and the most practical martial arts techniques. 

On August 18, 2012, Shidokan Atlanta hosted its first Shidokan Cup Karate tournament. 

This event was part of a full day event, which featured a judo tournament followed by the karate tournament.

The karate portion of the event started with a Kid’s Team Kata Division, followed by kids and adult semi-knockdown (full contact with pads). 

The spectators got to see a hard style of competition as all the athletes fought hard.

 Kids as young as 6 fought and adults in their 40s fought. This provided a great opportunity for people to fight in a realistic environment safely. Competitors were allowed to execute techniques with full power. The only thing not allowed were hand techniques to the face, only to the torso. All leg techniques were allowed to the legs, torso and head. 

The main staples of knockdown karate are low kicks, hard body punches and knees. These practical techniques are seen in both pro kickboxing and mixed martial arts. 

 The only Bare Knuckle fight of the day took place between Eric Heegaard (of Atlanta) and Josh Skinner (from SC). 

Eric has fought under these rules before while this was Josh’s first time doing anything like this. Most fighters who fight in this type of competition are groomed through the semi-knockdown divisions. Josh, jumped into the deep end showing all the heart of a warrior and the desire to learn. 

Because both fighters were the only guys there who chose to fight with no pads, both agreed to fight twice.

The action was toe to toe with Skinner opening with hard low kicks to Heegaard’s thighs. Heegaard answered back with middle and high round kicks. Both fighters landed hard body punches and knees. Heegard managed to land a hard high kick to the head of Skinner. Josh acknowledged the kick with a smile and fought on. 

After a couple of semi-knockdown fights, the two came back out for another round of full contact fighting. 

Both fighters started again with hard low kicks, and both throw powerful spinning kicks this time. Josh landed strong punches to Heegaard’s body and this time he acknowledged the effectiveness of his opponent’s blows. 

The crowd was entertained with a beautiful display of bare knuckle fighting. The promoters are pleased with this event and look to do more to Full Contact Karate in the South. This type of competition brings a realism to Karate and is very different than what the general public thinks of Karate." )

Train Hard, 
Josh Skinner

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