2018 Delaware County Karate Championships

The 2018 Delaware County Karate Championships will be held at the Upper Chichester Recreational Center on Saturday, April 7th, 2018.  AmKor students should pre-register with their instructor by April 1st.  There will be registration on the day of the event from 9am to 11:30am, however most kids' divisions and Gup divisions will start promptly at 11am.  This is a strictly invitational tournament by school--if your Instructor did not receive a formal invitation from KJN Scott and you would like to attend, you must contact Master Erica Tierney at from the Aston Gym page. Download the tournament packet for more information.

2017 Delaware County Karate Championships

The 2017 Delaware County Karate Championships will be held at the Upper Chichester Recreational Center on Saturday, April 8th, 2017.  AmKor students should pre-register with their instructor by April 4th.  There will be registration on the day of the event from 9am to 11:30am, however most kids' divisions and Gup divisions will start promptly at 11am.  This is a strictly invitational tournament by school--if your Instructor did not receive a formal invitation from KJN Scott and you would like to attend, you must contact Master Erica Tierney at from the Aston Gym page. Download the tournament packet for more information.

 

 

 

 

AmKor Karate Paoli Pennsylvania

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AmKor Karate Paoli

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1776 E Lancaster Ave Paoli, Pennsylvania
(610) 731-5092

Master Daniel Marino is Head Instructor at AmKor Karate Institutes of Paoli and currently holds the rank of 4th degree black belt. Master Marino began his training with Master David Kremin when he was only 9 years old in the year 2000. More than 15 years later he has distinguished himself as a teacher as well as a competition at the local and national levels. After completing a three year apprenticeship as the assistant instructor of Bryn Mawr Dojang Master Marino opened AmKor Paoli in October of 2015.

No Contracts, Master Instructors, Internationally Recognized Traditional Tang Soo Do.

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Master Daniel Marino is Head Instructor at AmKor Karate Institutes of Paoli and currently holds the rank of 4th degree black belt. Master Marino began his training with Master David Kremin when he was only 9 years old in the year 2000. More than 15 years later he has distinguished himself as a teacher as well as a competition at the local and national levels. After completing a three year apprenticeship as the assistant instructor of Bryn Mawr Dojang Master Marino opened AmKor Paoli in October of 2015.

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2015 Race for the Cure

2015 Race for the Cure Demonstration

AmKor Karate Institutes participates in a martial arts demonstration at the Susan G. Komen 2015 Race for the Cure event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 10th. This event brings tens of thousands of people together to raise money to aid in the fight against breast cancer. Our students and instructors who helped with the demonstration are:

IMG_0007During the demonstration we did the warmup drill, kicking, fighting, and breaking from 9:00 am and lasted until 10:45 am. We appreciate the great opportunity to be a part of the 2015 Race for the Cure Demonstration and participate in the fight against breast cancer.

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The 2015 Race for the Cure started at Eakins Oval at the Philadelphia Art Museum. The event brings together 40,000 individuals who participate in the fight against breast cancer. Susan G. Komen donates millions of dollars each year to fund this battle and has made great strides and financial help for women struggling with breast cancer. Click on the gallery below to find more pictures of AmKor Karate Institutes at the 2015 Race for the Cure Demonstration.

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2015 UK Open Championships Results

2015 UK Open Championships Results

This year AmKor Karate sent a small team over to the 2015 UK Open Championships hosted by Master John Trudgill of the Traditional Tang Soo Do Federation in Cardiff, Wales. The three person team consisted of Master Erica Tierney and Ms. Erinn Tobin of AmKor Karate Aston and Mr. Griffin Allen of AmKor Karate Collegeville (www.amkorkaratec.com).

The 2015 UK Open Championships continues to be one of the largest Tang Soo Do events in the world, attracting over 1,100 competitors from around the world. The team left with a combined 7 gold medals, 2 Grand Champions, and 2 bronze medals.

[blockquote author="Master John Trudgill"]Our goal for the 2015 United Kingdom Open Tournament remains the same: to create a fair and equitable competition, free of political bias, favouritism or preconception, where each competitor is judged impartially on their individual abilities; not on their federations or associations. To show that Tang Soo Do practitioners display honour and integrity, that we can put aside any differences and show UNITY. To show the world that Tang Soo Do has become a mature and fully functioning martial arts community, worthy of international respect.[/blockquote]

Competitor Event / Place
Master Erica Tierney, 5th dan Gold in Forms, Gold Open/Chil Sung Forms, Bronze in Weapons, Bronze in Fighting, Grand Champion in Forms
Ms. Erinn Tobin, 3rd dan Gold in Forms, Gold in Fighting
Mr. Griffin Allen, 3rd dan Gold in Forms, Gold in Open/Chil Sung Forms, Gold in Weapons, Grand Champion in Weapons

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Rachel Truckley 360 Back Kick Break

360 Back kick Break

Ms. Rachel Truckley from AmKor Karate Institutes of Collegeville executes a 360 back kick break through three boards at the 2010 Dan Testing. View more breaking techniques or check out more of our martial arts videos. We will be posting videos often, so check back soon to view the latest news, videos, and more from AmKor Karate Institutes!

This AmKor Karate school is headed by Master Brain Matys, 7th degree black belt. View this schools class schedule or contact Master Matys by visiting the AmKor Karate Institutes of Collegeville page or visit this schools' website at www.amkorkaratec.com.

1999 Dan Testing Black Belt Fighting

Black Belt Fighting at the 1999 Dan Testing

The above video shows Master Michael Gaudiuso and Mr. Richard Liuzzi fighting at the 1999 black belt testing. Black Belt fighting is one of many requirements of these testing candidates. Master Gaudiuso was testing for his 4th degree black belt and Mr. Liuzzi was testing for his 3rd degree black belt at this dan testing. Both are students of KJN Frederick Scott and have been successful competitors traveling to many national and international competitions. Master Gaudiuso is uncle to Mr. Michael Schwien, who can be seen performing a triple sidekick break while testing for 2nd degree black belt. Master Gaudiuso also serves as President and 5th Ward Commisioner for the Upper Chichester Township.

Master Matys Chil Sung Sah Lo

Chil Sung Sah Lo

Master Brian Matys from AmKor Karate Institutes of Collegeville performs Chil Sung Sah Lo at the 1996 Greater Delaware Valley Karate Championships at the CoreStates Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Master Matys won first place in his division at this international competition. Master Matys can also be seen doing a triple sidekick, a jump double front kick, and a split kick during breaking competition at the 1997 America Cup.

Chil Sung Sah Lo is one of seven of the Chil Sung forms developed by Grandmaster Hwang, Kee. Check out these posts to see more non-traditional forms demonstrated by students of AmKor Karate Institutes.

2012 Women Fighting Team

2012 Women Fighting Team

Master Erica Tierney, 5th dan, Master Amie Maguire, 4th dan, and Ms. Erinn Tobin, 3rd dan are members of the 2012 Women Fighting Team from the Aston Dojang. This team won gold medals at both the 2o12 World Karate Championships and at the 2012 USTL National Championships. Master Tierney can also be seen performing Jion at the US Goodwill Association Nationals and is the assistant instructor at the AmKor Karate Institutes gym in Aston, Pennsylvania. Master Amie Maguire and Ms. Erinn Tobin are also students of KJN Frederick Scott and have been dominant martial arts competitors for the past several years.

Karate Tournament Information

Get answers to the most frequently asked questions about martial arts competition. Both parents and students new to competition can use the list below to help you prepare for your next event. This karate tournament information FAQ can be used as a general guideline to most tournaments, but certain rules may vary depending on age and rank. If you have another question, ask in the comments below!

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Competitors can register on the morning of the event by visiting the registration table, completing a tournament application, and paying the competition fee.  Competition costs and spectator fees vary per tournament.  Some tournaments require pre-registration through your instructor or online prior to the event. If it is an AmKor Karate Institutes hosted event, the tournament packet will be made available online for download.

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Competitors should bring their uniform and belt, a mouthpiece, hand gear, foot gear, groin cup (males), head gear, water, and a small dry snack. A gym bag to transport your martial arts equipment should be used to keep your gear safe and organized.

If you are a weapons competitors, do not forget to bring your weapon. It is useful to always purchase a case when transporting your weapon. For the safety of the competitor and spectators, bladed weapons should not be sharpened.

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Uniform
Belt
Mouthpiece
Hand Gear
Head Gear
Foot Gear
Groin Cup (Males)
Water
Snack
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When the competitors are called to the ring, they will officially bow in to the judges and then be seated and wait for their name to be called.  Prior to the first competitor, the judges will set a scoring range.  Common ranges could be 7.0 to 8.0 for Beginners/Intermediate Divisions, 8.0 to 9.0 for Advanced.  It may vary slightly from ring to ring.

  1. The first competitor will perform to help the judges set their scoring standard.
  2. Each competitor will perform individually for the judges and receive five scores.
  3. The scorekeepers will drop the lowest score and the highest score and add up the middle three scores. This is the competitor's score.
  4. After all other competitors have gone, the first competitor will come up again to perform, and their second score will count.
  5. The scorekeepers will then rank the competitors in order to award 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th place. In the younger divisions, participation medals may be given to any child not placing in their division.
  6. The competitors will then be told to go get their fighting gear and to come back to the ring. This is a great time to quickly get a drink of water and go to the bathroom.

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Competitors will report back to the ring with Fighting gear. The Center Referee will bracket the fights keeping several different things in mind: school, size (height/weight), and rank. Ideally no one should fight another student from the same school during the first round. However, this often cannot be avoided in the second round. Depending on how many competitors there are, some competitors may randomly receive a "bye" into the second round. This means they automatically "win" their first round and move on.

Matches are a two minute running clock or 90 seconds for children. The Center Referee will start and stop the fight to call for points. One competitor is designated RED, one is WHITE. In order to score a point, three out of the five judges must agree. The fights are single-elimination. Winners advance to the next round to fight again. Once they've lost a round, they typically do not fight again unless it is the semi-finals and they fight for 3rd and 4th place. Again, in the 5-6 year old divisions participation medals will be given to children not placing in their division. **All competitors should stay until the end of the division and wait to be officially bowed out and dismissed.

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The more competitors, the longer it takes to complete all of the divisions.  This means that even a well-run, organized event can run later than expected.  There may be refreshments available at a concession stand but a good breakfast is really important!

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As instructors, we know how they perform in class and at testings, but how they will perform in their first tournament is an unknown.  The combination of adrenaline and nerves will make some perform better and really shine, and others may freeze, forget their form, or lose in the first round of fighting.  It is important to remember that this is all a normal part of their development.  Training in Martial Arts is all about self-improvement.   In competition, your children will learn how to perform under pressure, how to win and lose with good sportsmanship, and our goal is to have them return to class the following week determined to improve themselves.