MARTIAL ARTS: Prestigious karate tournament comes to El Centro
Competitors will range between the 3-year-old, beginner stage to Master black belts. Clara Melendez, owner of the K.W. Karate/Tae Kwon Do Center in El Centro, will be bringing a hundred or so of her own students and expects a great day of competition.
Her studio, which first opened in 1993, offers instruction in the Korean fighting styles of tae kwon do and chun kuk do — founded by Chuck Norris in 1990 — as well as judo, which originated in Japan.
Over 300 practitioners are expected to attend the event. Six-hundred trophies will be awarded in the sparring, weapons and forms categories.
“We expect to do well,” Melendez stated, “not only competitively but also hosting. It’s just a good chance for us to show our technique among friends and family members.”
The event will take place Sunday in the Southwest High School gym. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., while competition is slated to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. General admission is $3, while children under 5 years old get in free.