Kid’s Tournament: Grappling & Standing Up

In this post on the grappling rules of the kid’s tournament, we’re going to talk about when students can stand up on their feet, and when they can’t. Students will be asked, before the match begins, if they want to start from standing or sitting. If they both choose to start from standing, so it shall be. If one or both choose to start from sitting, then they will start the match from kneeling. That part is pretty simple but there is one additional hitch. If the students chose to start from sitting and at some point during the match, both students stand up, then the judge will stop the match and reset them back to sitting. If one of them stands up, usually to pass guard, that’s fine – the match will keep going. If the students chose to start from standing then the rules are pretty simple: the match keeps going if one or both of them stand up at any time during the match.

Kid’s Tournament

IMG_0196Our annual Fall Kid’s tournament is just around the corner – Saturday October 22nd.  If your kids are thinking about signing up, here is some advice for success:
  • Get to class!  Consistent attendance is the best prep there is.
  • If your school offers specialty classes like sparring, grappling or forms classes, make sure you go to those so you can sharpen your tournament specific skills.
  • If you are planning on doing forms, small steady doses of practice are the most useful.  Shoot for doing your form outside of class 2 times a day, 3 days a week.  If it is hard to find space to do your form, come to class 10 minutes early and use that time to practice.
  • If you are planning on sparring, get a mouthpiece and if appropriate, an athletic cup.
We’re excited, as always, for this awesome event!  If you have friends that train in other styles, they are welcome to participate as well!  Signup is located under the events tab.

Sifu Shanti Webley

Congratulations to Shanti Webley for earning the title of Sifu on August 31. Sifu Webley has been the Head Instructor of 18th Street Academy of Martial Arts in Oakland, CA. Visit his website www.18thstreetama.com for more info. Sifu Webley has worked long and hard on honing the necessary skills required to represent the title of Sifu within the Mo Duk Pai system. Nice job!

Beach Day

Beach day was a blast!  What was it?  It was Kung Fu on the sand, in the water and under the sun… or maybe it was a chance for students to gather, socialize and see if any of their martial arts training translated to surfing… or maybe it was a last chance to celebrate the last vestiges of summer here in Oregon… or maybe it was a chance to test our confront against the mighty ocean.  Whatever the case, fun was had by all.
Thanks to Sifu Kyle for the invite, the idea and the surf lesson!  Want to see more photos?  Go here and here.