Caio DaSilva at the US Open performing a Shotokan Kata

Word's largest open martial arts tournament moves to December amid COVID-19 concerns.

The U.S. Open World Martial Arts Championships is an International Sport Karate Association (ISKA) and North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) sanctioned event that has developed a reputation as one of the largest and most prestigious martial arts tournaments in the world. Their classic "Night of Champions" is broadcast on ESPN2 and provides sport karate with more exposure than any other event. Like many other world-rated events, the U.S. Open has decided to postpone their event to later this year.

The event will now take place on December 18th and 19th, 2020 and will still be held at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Orlando, Florida. Competitors and spectators that have already registered for the event will have their registrations automatically transferred to the new dates.

In recent years, the U.S. Open had started a trend of running some team divisions, such as synchronized forms and team demonstration, on Thursday in order to make the Friday-Saturday schedule run more smoothly for competitors. However, the date change may result in all divisions being completed on Friday and Saturday.

The promoters recommend that those expecting to attend the event book their hotel rooms soon because Disney resorts typically book their rooms far in advance for the holiday season. The U.S. Open is accustomed to hosting their event near holidays, as the event has historically been held around Independence Day.

It is uncertain how long society will be experiencing the direct effects of the COVID-19 pandemic ranging from mask-wearing to physical distancing. Therefore it is difficult to anticipate what sport karate tournaments will look like, but one thing is for sure: the U.S. Open is going to bring the martial arts community a world-class event.

Introducing Martial Arts School Listings on Black Belt Mag!
Sign Up Now To Be One Of The First School Listed In Our Database.
Don't miss a single issue of the worlds largest magazine of martial arts.
Photo Courtesy: Dawson Holt via Instagram

The 2021 Diamond Nationals took place on October 8th and 9th, the first time the prestigious event has been hosted since 2019. World class competitors gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota to test their skills in forms, weapons, point sparring, and more.

In the early 2010's, Ken Warner (otherwise known as ZenInc on YouTube) always shared his "Top Five" on Facebook after major sport karate events. Reflecting on these posts has inspired me to write a top five article of my own for the Diamond Nationals, and I plan to continue writing these articles after each tournament I attend. Special thanks to Ken Warner for his contributions to documenting sport karate history. Without further ado, here is Jackson's Five for the Diamond Nationals.

Keep Reading Show less ONE Championship
ONE Championship will bring the thunder to ONE: NextGen on Friday, October 29, as they introduce the ONE Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship.
Keep Reading Show less

The Chinese words yin or negative energy & yang or positive energy.

The Kodokan Lessons Blog from a few weeks ago featured my friend Richard Riehle. It evoked a lively discussion on the importance of refocusing on the tenets of 'Big Judo.' A while back Richard sent me this essay he wrote regarding the importance of kuzushi from both a technical and spiritual perspective which I wanted to also share.

Keep Reading Show less