Gulf Coast Martial Art Championships!

ENTRY FORM: TournReg2016-Oct /  TournReg2017-Feb /  TournReg2017-May (pdf format)

Thank you to so many awesome martial artists that have supported this event over the years!

February 2017 was the biggest turnout to date with 168 competitors and between competitors, spectators, and judges, we had roughly 500 in total attendance!  We follow the public school system calendar.  What this means is there are three tournaments with a Fall, Winter, & Spring.  The Spring Tournament is the final tournament for the competition year.

Notice!  In an effort to make the tournament run smoother, as with last year, all weapons and musical must preregister the preceding Monday (Sept 26, Feb 20, & May 15).  You can still pay at the door.  School owners, emailing a list of your weapons & musical competitors with respective divisions will suffice for preregistering.  We will start those divisions at 9AM sharp.

For 2017-2018 competition year, dates are: September 30, 2017 – February 24, 2018 – May 19, 2018

For 2018-2019 competition year, we have only set one date so far:  October 6, 2018

A little history:  Starting in 2004 and for the first eight years, we hosted a Fall tournament.  Starting in 2012, we started hosting a Spring and Fall tournament.  We’ve had from 100-150 competitors and up to 400 in total attendance.  2014 we started with the crowning of a NWFL Champion.  We had special guest with Mr Martin Kove.  We first started talking to Mr Kove (aka Sensei John Krease from Karate Kid) in January 2014 and was able to iron out the specifics by April 2014 for him to attend the 2014 Northwest Florida Championships for the October 18!

For 2015, we hosted two tournaments to get us on track to basically follow the school calendar.  At the prodding of Mr Ferguson, we contacted Master Joe Poff and asked permission to use the name that he and his wife (Master Terri Poff) used for many, many years with Gulf Coast Martial Arts Championships.  And we’re pleased that it was granted for us to use the name!  So from Hub City Invitational to Northwest Florida Championships to Gulf Coast Martial Art Championships!  Kove-s

Bruce Sisters from May 16, 2015

Bruce Sisters

Aaron Gassor aka “Ginger Ninja Trickster” from May 14, 2016

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The tournament is being held again at Davidson Middle School and very easy to find with three major road ways (Highway 90, Highway 85, & Interstate 10) coming through Crestview.  We are only 30-45 minutes from the beautiful white beaches yet inland enough to avoid the touristy pricing.

Google Map

There will be approximately 72 divisions in sparring, forms, weapons*, self defense, and musical forms*!  We will combine or eliminate smaller divisions.

Rules for sparring
Rules for patterns/forms
Rules for self defense

ENTRY FORM: TournReg2016-Oct /  TournReg2017-Feb /  TournReg2017-May (pdf format) July 2015 we paid $30 (each) just for the spectator fee!  While we’ve seen tournaments entry fees going for $125-200+, we’ve tried to keep our tournament entry as reasonably priced as possible and still award some AWESOME trophies and medals.  Competitors fee for 1-3 events is $60.

*For musical, starting in 2014, we no longer provide sound system.  Too many format variations from jump/thumb drives, CD’s, Iphone, MP3 player, etc.   Musical form may include use of weapon if you choose.  Judges MUST inspect weapon before competition (when your name is called to compete, present weapon to center judge).  No sharpened blades!

Also please note that musical & weapons must be distinctively different patterns/forms.

Schedule of Events: 8AM-10AM is registration 9:00AM will be the start of weapons and musical forms 9:30AM is Black Belt meeting 10AM is national anthem, prayer, & bow in.Start with Black Belt Adult Forms so they can judge. Then Colored belts & Junior Black belts followed by self-defense division.  Adult Black Belt sparring wraps up the day.  Please preregister if you’re going to do weapons or musical. As always, we want to have the best event possible and try to keep things running smoothly.