Everything is set for Sunday, July 15th for the first edition of the Riviera Nayarit Open Karate Tournament, a friendly Karate Shotokan competition in the Kata and Kumite methods, both individual and by team.
The event is organized by the Aka Shotokan Karate Association, representing the International Shotokan Karate Federation for Western Mexico, and will take place at Nuevo Vallarta’s El Tigre Sport & Racquet Club at 9:30 p.m.
Juan Carlos Torres Acosta, organizer of this first edition of the Riviera Nayarit Open Karate Tournament, said the tournament was being held in honor of Grand Master José Luis Dueñas Castañeda, a leading karate master in Bahía de Banderas and founder of several schools around the nation.
“This tournament merely confirms the quality of karate that’s been practiced in this area for over 20 years,” said Torres Acosta, who is also the director of the Aka Shotokan Karate Association, “and we’re proud to have the support of the Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau in our endeavors.”
The idea, he added, is for the tournament to become a yearly event around this same timeframe, and while it’s currently a regional tournament, it’s hoped that the number of participating schools or clubs will grow, making it relevant nationwide.
He confirmed the participation of 20 schools from the Jalisco and Nayarit areas, including UNIVA, the Juan de Asbaje College in Puerto Vallarta, as well as the Mezcales and San Vicente facilities in Bahía de Banderas; those of la Peñita de Jaltemba, in the municipality of Compostela; the capital, Tepic, and Villa Hidalgo, in the municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla.
Competition categories include: Children, Teens, and Adults, in the Men’s, Women’s, and Coed categories; plus, both white and black belts. The fight categories for the adult Black Belts already have an assigned ring.
Source: Blog Riviera Nayarit