Gulf Coast Martial Art Championships!

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.

The tournament is held 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.

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

Schedule of Events: 8AM-10AM is registration 9:00AM will be the start of weapons & musical forms 10AM is national anthem, prayer, & bow in.  10:15AM-ish is Black Belt meeting as rings are being set with competitors.  Please preregister. As always, we want to have the best event possible and try to keep things running smoothly
Why Gulf Coast Martial Art Championships? Safe, fun, fair, convenient, efficient, reasonably priced, and great trophies/medals. All with great friends and lasting memories.
Safe: Everyone wears gear. Roughly 30 tournaments hosted so far and never an ambulance at our event. Injuries? Sure. Even a couple of fairly serious ones. But they’re rare and we encourage safety over medals/trophies. There’s no prize money, no national championship, and no spot on TV. It’s a fun, family driven and family focused, local tournament.
Fun: See above. When you walk in, you’ll notice how everyone greets everyone. It’s a reunion type atmosphere. If it’s your first time, pay attention to your second time and how you’re welcomed back.
Fair: Rules posted online at the website, scores called/shown, and no one is seeded.
Convenient: Crestview is very easy to get to from most anywhere. We don’t wrap up your entire weekend and Destin is close if you want to get some beach time in before heading back.
Efficient: We do the weapons & musical about 9AM and generally done by 10AM for traditional tournament to begin. This allows traditional competitors to come a little later. Typically done before 3PM. February 2019 and we were done by 140 PM. We’ve been to the three day tournaments that run all day and not interested in this being one of those.
Reasonably Priced: Same tournament mentioned above was $30 for spectator entrance! Outrageous! We’ve seen $125, $150, $200+ to compete. No thanks. We’ll get you in and out in 3-6 hours for a fraction of the cost and some of the best medals and/or trophies you’ll find. Pictures on the website and on FB.
Trophies/medals: After 30+ years in the martial arts, we’ve seen it all (I think). The trophies with a big car wash logo on the front, trophies about 3-4” tall, trophies that literally broke when picked up, small plaques (with crooked plates to boot), certificates (yes, like off your home printer), and medals the size of an over-sized quarter. We do nice hardware – period.

Notices:

Starting in 2014 Tournament Year:   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!

Starting in 2017-2018 Tournament Year:  In an effort to make the tournament run smoother, as with last year, all weapons and musical must preregister the preceding Monday (Sept 24, Feb 18, & May 13).  You can still pay at the door but need to send in the tournament registration form.  We will start those divisions at 9AM sharp.

Starting in 2017-2018 Tournament Year:  Competitors cannot do musical AND weapons.  Chose one of them.  A few competitors wanted to do both and it slows the tournament way down.

Starting in 2018-2019 Tournament Year: No one can compete in a color belt skill level for more than two years (meaning beginner, intermediate, & advanced).  So after five years (on year six), color belts will need to compete as black belts.