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New Jersey AmeriKick International Championships Disaster

New Jersey AmeriKick International Championships Disaster
Soke Stacy Huffman - Thu Nov 20, 2008 @ 05:39AM
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The AMA Dojo has attended Regional, Nationals and Internationals all over the United States. The AmerKick is by far the worse run Martial Arts Tournament we have ever been too.

Where to start? The paper schedule that was issued to competitors on Friday night caused mass confusion on ring assignments and times. When a clarification of the schedule was presented to the ring judges each had different answers. This in return caused competitors to miss their divisions. Other Dojos and Martial Arts schools like us that have traveled thousands of miles and paid their fees to compete lost their chance to compete. Needless to say there was a lot of upset parents, competitors and national team coaches to the point where several were escorted off the floor by security.

sad day

The issued schedule once again caused mass confusion on Saturday’s events. Unknown to many International competitors the AmeriKick Marital Arts were going to run a “Closed Tournament” (This means that only AmeriKick Students could compete) with in the International Tournament. This in return caused even more mass confusion. Ring assignments were moved around and over lapped. This means that competitors where to be in two places at once again causing them to miss their chance to compete in one or more divisions.

 In respect to the judges they were great people they were very very patient dealing with very very upset parents, national team coaches and competitors.

In closing my heart goes out to those who wasted their time and money to attend this tournament to compete and found themselves missing their divisions and/or finding themselves without any competition. Rest assured the AMA Dojo will not be attending any more AmeriKick sponsored regional, National or International Marital Arts Tournaments.

The AMA Dojo Held its own at the tournament and we got to see the board walk, so it was not a complete waste of time.

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Comments: 1


1. Rick Clark   |   Mon Nov 24, 2008 @ 08:28AM

This tournament was very disorganized to put it lightly. The staff behind the registration desk were very helpful but even they were confused. It makes me wonder as a parent how exactly does someone get the right to rank such a tournament with a 3A naska rating and call it internationals. We made several phone calls and was reassured that the competition was in a certain order and when we got there it was totally screwed up. I would like to give a suggestion that they should talk with the organizer of other tournaments such as the Diamond nationals where they don not run around like a chicken with there head cut off wasting peoples valuable time and money. How does one compete against themselves and claim international status????