Infinity National Champion Zoe Brown

14-Year-Old Karateka Sweeps Divisions, Grand Championships

By Brett Hart

Zoe Brown Infinity Nationals Karate 2017 GreatmatsAttending kinder dance class at the age of three opened the door to a passion in Karate for 14-year-old Zoe Brown of Ontario, Canada, who recently won Grand Championships in both Junior Japanese Forms and Junior Korean Forms at the Greatmats-sponsored Infinity National Championships in Wisconsin Dells, WI.

The junior black belt member of Team Infinity also won her divisions in creative forms, creative weapons, traditional weapons and sparring, making it a clean sweep in the two-day event.

This success is nothing new to the martial arts phenom, who has been competing for eight years and currently competes twice per month.

Zoe Brown Karate GreatmatsLast year, Brown won both the National Blackbelt League (NBL) and North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) overall title for point fighting.

The Infinity National Championships impressed the seasoned competitor as much she did the judges.

”I love the location and the competition that is there, and also that it is run so well,” Brown said of the tournament held at the Kalahari Resort and Convention Center. ”The Grands trophies are really cool too.”

The seed for Brown’s martial arts career was planted at the age of three when she had to walk past a karate school on her way to kinder dance class in the same building.

Zoe Brown 2016 Super Grands Greatmats”Every time we walked by the karate school to go to dance I would want to stop and watch the karate kids through the window,” Brown said. ”They always looked like they were having so much fun. One day my Mom and I went in and she signed me up, and that was it for dance.”

Brown currently trains under the instruction of Casey and Trevor Nash at United Family Martial Arts in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, as well as privately with Keith Weston.

”I love the training and the friendships and the constant learning,” Brown said.

Zoe Brown and Casey Nash Team Infinity Karate Greatmats”I’m very thankful to have coaches that push me, motivate me and believe in me. So, I’d like to thank Mike Welch (Infinity Martial Arts founder), Keith Weston and Trevor and Casey Nash. They are amazing!”

Greatmats is the official mat supplier of the Infinity National Championships. Learn more about the Infinity National Championships and other Greatmats-sponsored martial arts events.

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United Family Martial Arts
Hamilton Ontario
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Grand Slam Open Nationals Has Something for Everyone

Infinity Martial Arts has Strong Showing in International Competition

By Brett Hart

May 3, 2017 — The 8th Annual Grand Slam Open Nationals brought in a large crowd to its open-style martial arts tournament in Richmond, Virginia, April 21 and 22. With nearly 500 competitors, ages 2-67, from more than 100 schools, 20 states and three countries, this showcase event gave plenty to see for its 1,300 spectators.

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The event, hosted by the Doss family and sponsored by Greatmats, featured a unique night show with unique grand champion awards – belt buckles for adults and gumball machines for fighters.

Taking the honor of bringing the most competitors were: United Family Karate (Canada), The Karate Dojo (Columbia, S.C.) and Floyd Sport Karate (Myrtle Beach, S.C.).

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”There was something for everyone,” said tournament organizer Jeff Doss. ”There were so many amazing teams and schools from small towns competing on a national level. We offered so many divisions, not just for forms or weapons, but also for fighting.”

Wisconsin-based Infinity Martial Arts put together a strong showing in the junior black belt forms and weapons divisions, winning three grand championships, team demo and team forms.

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Grand Slam Martial Arts, the home school, had a well-rounded showing in both black belt and under belts in forms and sparring, winning three grand championships of its own as well as junior boys’ team fighting.

Another highlight was the performance of Team United from Canada which won four grand championships and swept all under belts and adults categories.

Elliot’s Family Karate, of Roanoke, Va., won most of its sparing divisions, including junior girls’ team sparring and three grand championships.

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Individual highlight performances included the following:
– Men’s Fighting Grand Champion: Willie Hicks
– Women’s Fighting Grand Champion: Gina Thornton
– Senior Men’s Fighting Grand Champion: El Java Abdul Qadir and David Coppock
– Senior Women’s Fighting Grand Champion: Regena Thompson
– Adult Traditional Grand Champion: Jacob Cleary
– Adult Open Forms Grand Champion: Tim Wegert
– Adult Weapons Grand Champion: Marc Johnson
– Senior Forms Grand Champion: Eric Tremblay
– Junior Korean Grand Champion: Aaron Bailey
– Junior Japanese Grand Champion: Rebecca Young
– Junior Musical Forms Grand Champion: Noelle Jellison
– Junior Musical Weapons Grand Champion: Connor Chasteen
– Adult Breaking Champion: Rachel Proctor
– 9-Year-Old Open Weight Fighting Champion: Sean Culver
– 10-13-Year-Old Male Open Weight Fighting Champion: Elijah Reid
– 10-13-Year-Old Female Open Weight Fighting Champion: Victoria Austin
– 14-17-Year-Old Male Open Weight Fighting Champion: Yacub Kalifa
– 14-17-Year-Old Female Open Weight Fighting Champion: Alexa Fleishman
– Men’s Fighting Grand Champion Runner Up/Men’s Team Fighting Champion/Mixed Team Fighting Champion: Kevin Walker

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Jeff Doss
Grand Slam Open Nationals
Richmond VA 23047
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AKF Spring Tournament of Champions: McCurdy, Kahl are Grand Champions

Elgin, Lexington Academies Well Represented at Spring Tournament

AKF Spring Tournament Drew McCurdy GreatmatsBy Brett Hart

 

Drew McCurdy, a third dan in Kyuki-Do from Elgin, Illinois, claimed his fourth AKF Grand Champion title for 18 and over competitors at the 2017 American Kyuki-Do Federation Spring Tournament of Champions in Huntley, Illinois on May 6. Meanwhile Logan Kahl, also a third dan, of Janesville, Wisconsin, claimed the 17 and Under Grand Champion honor.

”To qualify for Grand Champion, each competitor must participate in forms, weapons, breaking and sparring,” according to Master Rick Steinmaier. ”At the end of the black belt competition, the competitor with the most points is named grand champion.”

AKF Spring 2017 Logan Kahl GreatmatsCompetitors have the chance to earn points via 1st through 4th-place finishes in each activity, with first place finishes earning four points each.

Kyuki-Do Martial Arts of Elgin led the field as the school with the most competitors, making up 70 of the 260 total martial artists from 12 schools. AKF Lexington (Kentucky) Martial Arts also made an impact with 40 participants.

Mr. Lain Pontious of Huntley, Ill., was the winner of a free pass to this year’s Kyuki-Do Camp which runs July 7-9.

The 2017 AKF Summer Tournament of champions will take place in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on Aug. 12. Due to the AKF’s new dedicated Grappling and Throwing Tournaments, the grappling portion of the Summer Tournament of Champions will be open to novice only.

 

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2017 Spring Tournament of Champions
American Kyuki-Do Federation
Huntley IL
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Greatmats Gives Back to its Earliest Martial Arts Mats Customers

Greatmats Superfan Contest: Martial Arts Edition

Greatmats wants to honor its earliest martial arts mats customers through its Greatmats Superfan Contest.

Aug. 17, 2016 — Wisconsin-based specialty flooring company Greatmats is looking to honor its earliest martial arts mats customers. Founded in 1999, Greatmats has become one of the most respected supplier of martial arts mats in the United States. Starting with karate mats, Greatmats selection of martial arts mats has grown to including mats specifically designed for taekwondo, judo, jiu jitsu, grappling and mixed martial arts.

As a thank you to its earliest customers, Greatmats is offering an opportunity for anyone who purchased its martial arts mats at least 10 years ago to receive up to $100 in cash and have their story and/or business featured on greatmats.com and its social media site.

For more details on the contest and prizes, visit http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greamats-superfan-contest-martial-arts-edition.php.

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Greatmats entered the martial arts business with a line of karate mats.

Warriors United Tournament Circuit 2016

Dragon’s Den Mixed Martial Arts shines at Rumble on the River 3

Warriors United Tournament Circuit 2016

Rumble on the River 3 presented by Dragon’s Den MMA and Greatmats Martial Arts Floors

April 23rd marked the third annual “Rumble on the River III” Open Martial Arts Tournament at Scotty Hamilton Gym at Grafton High School. The Rumble is hosted by Shihan (Master) Eric Swick of Dragon’s Den Mixed Martial Arts in the Harman Center in Grafton, West Virginia.
This year’s “Rumble” brought in a record 204 competitors and 21 schools from the surrounding states including Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio and Kentucky as well as West Virginia. The Rumble also had competitors from the USA Karate Team competing in the tournament.
The Rumble hosted events such as Board Breaking, Weapons, empty hand forms (kata), one point sparring (ippon kumite) and eight point sparring (Kumite).
Team Dragon’s Den brought home 55 first place finishes, 22 second places, 14 third places, 4 fourth places and 10 fifths. Team Dragon’s Den took home 2 of the 3 Grand Championships. Championships are under 18 under black belt and adults under black belt.
The “Rumble on the River” is part of a five tournament circuit called “Warriors United.” This is the second year of the growing Warriors United circuit. This year’s Warriors United Circuit and “Rumble on the River” was sponsored by Greatmats. All six rings were matted with Greatmats martial arts mats the same mats used in the Dragon’s Den MMA dojo (school).
In July, Shihan Swick will be taking Grafton’s best, a Team of 9 to the USA National Karate Federation Championships (USA/NKF) in Pennsylvania. USA/NKF is one of the world’s best traditional karate tournaments. Team Dragon’s Den has competed in the USA/NKF for the past two years and has brought home the gold on both occasions.
If you like to more about Dragon’s Den Mixed Martial Arts call 304-669-6086, visit DragonsDenMMA.org or look it up on Facebook. Don’t forget to share your photos from Warriors United tournament to Greatmats Facebook page to enter Greatmats Photobomb Contest.

Greatmats/Warriors United Featured Karateka – Keaton Detwiler

Keaton Detwiler - Culver Karate School

Keaton Detwiler has been practicing karate for 5 years and has won four state championships.

With the Warriors United Tournament Circuit’s Rumble on the River 3 tournament approaching on April 23. We’d like to take a look back at one of the top performers of the March 12 Connellsville Classic – the most recent Warriors United Tournament.

Fourteen-year-old Keaton Detwiler, an eighth grader at Connellsville Junior High, is a student of Culver Karate School in Connellsville, Penn., and was named the 2016 Competitor of the Year.

Karate Gold Medalist Keaton Detwiler

Keaton Detwiler going for gold on Greatmats 1″ thick Karate Mats at the 2nd Annual Connellsville Classic.

Detwiler, who’s been training in martial arts since age 5, has advanced to a brown belt and picked up four state championships along the way. Detwiler competes in Kata, Weapons, Sparring and Board Breaking with sparring being his favorite. He is currently undefeated in the Warriors United circuit.

A two-sport athlete Detwiler has also been playing soccer since age 6 and currently competes for the junior high team as well as both inhouse and traveling teams with the Connellville Soccer Club.

The Warriors United Tournament Circuit continues its 2016 season on April 23 in Grafton, West Virginia, at the Rumble on the River 3, presented by Dragon’s Den MMA. Tournament actions begins on Greatmats Karate Mats at 11 a.m. at Grafton High School. Two hundred competitors ages 4 and up are expected to represent 25 martial arts academies at the tournament.

If you go, don’t forget to enter Greatmats Photobomb Contest!

Warriors United 2016 Rumble on the River Karate Tournament

2016 Rumble on the River III – Sponsored by Greatmats

PMAA takes control of Warriors United Circuit with win in Connellsville

12887344_10153988356062230_39785905_oPennsylvania Martial Arts Alliance, featuring 30 competitors leapt its way into first place in the Warriors United Tournament Circuit standings after an outstanding showing at the 2nd Annual Connellsville Classic in Connellsville, PA, on March 12.

12499590_10153988356577230_1831380246_oMore than 30 schools competed in the tournament, bringing in excess of 200 martial artists to battle in breaking, weapons, kata, sparring, 1-point sparring and continuous sparring.

“The competition was amazing, and victory was very difficult to come by,” said tournament circuit director and PMAA owner/director Steven Morrissey.

Dragon’s Den Mixed Martial Arts, which won the team title in the season-opening Karate Classic in Morgantown, WV, on Feb. 20, slipped to second place in the tournament circuit standings.

Culver Karate Club currently sits in third place after showcasing 21 competitors at the Connellsville Classic.

In fourth place is the Fairmount School of Martial Arts, based in Fairmont, West Virginia. Powers Martial Arts of Wintersville, Ohio occupies the No. 5 spot.

Greatmats 1" Karate Mats at Connellsville Classic

Competitors at the March 12 Connellsville Classic made good use of Greatmats 1″ Karate Mats.

As the official sponsor of the 2016 Warriors United Tournament Circuit competitive season, Greatmats is offering anyone attending a Warriors United Tournament a chance to win great prizes through Greatmats’ Photobomb Contest. Learn more about the Photobomb Contest at http://www.greatmats.com/martial-arts-mats/greatmats-photobomb-contest.php

Greatmats Photobomb Contest

Win Gift Cards or a Folding Mat in Greatmats’ Photobomb Contest