The Department of Leisure Services and Mike Culbreth’s School of World Yoshukai Karate will host the 36th Annual Southern Region Open Karate Tournament that is held in conjunction with the National Peanut Festival. The tournament will be held on Saturday, October 31st at the Dothan Civic Center. This is the largest open karate tournament in the State of Alabama.
Registration for the participants will be held that morning from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Dothan Civic Center. Competition will begin at 10:00 a.m. The entry fee for participants is $55 for all events. Spectator passes will be $7 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 12 and children 5 and under are admitted free.
Special guests this year will be 10th degree black belt Grand Master Katsuoh Yamamoto from Japan. We will have Yoshukai students from Japan and Canada participating in the tournament this year. Also attending will be Shihan Gerry Blanck, former World Kickboxing Champion, from Los Angeles, California. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet these great martial artists.
Many visiting Black Belts will be on hand to help judge and direct the expected 350 competitors for this event. The tournament is open to all styles of martial arts and karate. There will be divisions for fighting, weapons, katas and black belt breaking competition. Trophies will be presented to first, second and third place winners in all divisions and beautiful grand champion trophies will be presented in the adult black belt divisions. All youth competitors will be presented a medal for participation. Don’t miss out on one of the best events Dothan has to offer!
Mike Culbreth would like to invite everyone to come and watch martial arts at its best. For more information, contact Mike Culbreth at 794-8238 or Dothan Leisure Services at 615-3700.