JFK Martial Arts hosted an American Taekwondo Association Tournament in Ponchatoula, LA on November 12, 2016. Karate kids and adults students from across the southeastern United States put their skills to the test. Events included forms, weapons, sparring, combat sparring and both free hand and weapons competition in creative and XMA forms. All told, more than 1000 competitions took place between the adults and children karate competitors.
The opening ceremony included a presentation of veterans from each of the Louisiana schools. The special guest for the day, Command Master Chief (US Navy Ret.) Robert B. Tate, Jr. gave a quick talk to the karate kids on how karate discipline helps students achieve their goals. Tate said that military discipline does the same for members of the armed services.
This is the second ATA Regional Tournament JFK Martial Arts has hosted. Martial Arts tournaments for a great opportunity for karate kids and adult students to showcase their hours of hard work they put into class each week. The next Louisiana ATA regional tournament will be January 21, 2017 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.