"Our Tradition Continues"
42nd Annual International Championships
April 2, 2016

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The night before the tournament, the black belts meet and go over all details of the tournament so everything goes as smooth as possible. Then, on the day of the tournament everyone arrives, friends are greeted, check the assignment board, go to the change table if there are any errors, look at the posters from area classes, have a last minute practice, greet Master Lawlor as he arrives, and then, it is time to line up for the bow-in.

Opening Bow-In

After the bow-in the national anthems of Canada and the United States are sung and then announcments are given and awards are presented.

Master Robert Lawlor gives the opening comments.
The national anthems of Canada and the United States are sung by Devin Bartlett from the Cazenovia dojang.
Master Robert Lawlor presents Peter Schmitt, Chief Executive Officer of the Watertown Family YMCA with the Honorary Title "MASTER OF THE MARTIAL ARTS".
Karateka of the Year
Mr. Phil Widrick
This new Tournament Emblem was created to show support for AKDW Tournaments. It can be worn on a jacket, hat, bag, etc., and on the left sleeve of a white karate uniform by a student who participated in the 2016, or later tournament.
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Kata Forms - Trophy presentation occurs at the conclusion of each division.

Weapons Forms


Demonstrations - by the Black Belts occurred throughout the day.

Pictures are being prepared and will be coming soon.

Posters - The dojangs are encouraged to make a poster and bring it to the tournament to display.

Horse Stance Center Punch and First Eight Moves of Kata One.
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AKDW Black Belts - Various Meditation & Multiple Board Breaks.
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Mr. Jeremy Hopping - An open hand form to music.
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Master Dan Jones - Noe Song pa-ram or Thunder Wind (A Cane Form).
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Master Dan Jones and Mr. Phil Widrick - Applications of cane techniques for basic self-defense.
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The Black Belt Demo Team - A spear form.
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Master Charlene Rydgren - An open hand form.
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The tournament has finished and the Black Belts gather together.

After the tournament, annual pictures are taken at class meetings or at area gatherings of several classes. Excitement is still high from the tournament and students are encouraged to bring any trophies they won at the tournament for general display.

St. Lawrence County

Alexandria Bay

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