Ouch! That must hurt! – Club Karate Goodwill Tournament Photography

March 12, 2010

Here is another image from the recent Club Karate Goodwill Tournament. As I mentioned earlier, this is a great tournament that is all about participation and having fun. Everybody goes home with a trophy. It is all about the kids and the underbelts (non black belts). Each event normally has three black belt judges who either score the kata or when sparring, score a point.

However, once the tournament is officially over, some of the judges like to get in on the action. After all, it’s no fun to go to a tournament and not test yourself against other worthy opponents. And so, they get ready to rumble. These sparring rounds are not really scored or judged. It is just for the fun of it.

This photo is from one of those friendly bout. Rest assured that while it appears the gentleman in the red helmet was kicked in the air, no one was hurt. One of the skills martial artists develop over time is the ability to absorb hits. Besides, these are friendly games and the kicks and punches are little more than friendly taps. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

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