Approximately 200 competitors will be swarming to Huntley, Illinois, on Saturday, May 7, for the 35th annual American Kyuki-Do Federation Spring Tournament of Champions and Black Belt Promotion.
As a family-based martial arts federation, the much-anticipated AKF tournament will feature martial artists, ranging from 2 ½-year-olds, competing in the Kihap Contest, to 4th Dans going for the gold in weapons, breaking, forms, grappling and sparring competitions.
At least 13 academies and three states will be represented at this year’s Tournament of Champions which will be coinciding with its Spring Black Belt Promotion for the first time ever.
In previous years, the black belt promotion has taken place the day following the tournament, but due to the events falling on Mother’s Day weekend this year, the two events have been combined into one power-packed day.
Festivities begin at 8 a.m. at: Huntley Park District, 12015 Mill Street, Huntley, IL 60142.
Also new in the 35th year of the tournament is AKF’s partnership with martial arts flooring provider Greatmats, which is offering all competitors and spectators in attendance the opportunity to participate in Greatmats Photobomb Contest for a chance to win either a $25 Amazon Gift Card or $50 in Greatmats Credit. The Photobomb Contest winner for the AKF Spring Tournament of Champions will be automatically entered into the Grand Prize contest for a chance to win a 5×10 foot by 2 inch folding gym mat. For more information on the Greatmats Photobomb Contest, visit http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greatmats-photobomb-contest.php. To learn more about Greatmats’ martial arts mats visit http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats.php.