An “inauguration” of an event that occurred in the past, The California Karate Championships (CKC) came back on November 8, 2014 to the beautiful South San Francisco Convention Center after a long hiatus. This championship event was the last of a series of numerous tournaments, which were held throughout the year by the following tournament promoters: Bobby Seronio Jr., Junior Salientes, Jordan Pallen, Moe Lama, Manuel Gonzalez, Geng Arceo, and Ervic Aquino. Each tournament promoter hosts their tournament to allow competitors of all ranks, ages, schools, and styles to gain points to get a higher seed-placing in this championship event (just like in N.F.L. and N.B.A.). The intent of these promoters was to allow competitive martial artists and future star athletes to gain more experience, build confidence, network with each other, and provide an opportunity to compete in other big tournament circuits/organizations such as the National Black Belt League/Sport Karate International. These promoters brought an ‘old-skool’ feel to competitive martial arts in my opinion.
It was a good turnout ratio that provided a lot of action in numerous divisions, and it provided a higher difficulty between the competitors. Beautiful awards were given to the top competitors in each division, and some of the competitors who won 1st-place were asked to come back to compete against other 1st-place winners at the main event night show on stage (depending on their overall scores). Make sure to check out next year’s season on the tournament circuit’s website: www.ckchampionships.com .