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Region One AAU Karate Championship

by George Mattson
Region One AAU karate championship
The Region One AAU karate championships will be held on Saturday and Sunday April 22nd and 23rd, 2006 (note the dates – the AAU website listed incorrect dates previously but has been corrected) at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Albany, NY.  The schedule of activities will be:
Friday April 21 – 6:30 – 9:00 pmCoaches and Referee seminar (at the Crown Plaza).  If you want to coach or referee at this event you must attend this clinic.  The clinic will be conducted by Sensei Del Saito, AAU Karate National Executive director. There is no fee for the clinic.  Please wear your referee or coaches attire.  Credentials will be given out for this event.  Coaches fee is $10.
Saturday April 22nd – 8 am – 3 pm Karate competition at the Crowne Plaza hotel – all youth 5 – 18 yrs) dvisiions: beginnerr, novice, intermediate adults (19+ yrs.) and 35 yrs and up advanced divisions.
Saturday April 22nd – 6 – 9 pmTraining seminars for youth and adults with top masters and instructors. Goju ryu with Sensei Chuck Merriman, Shorin Ryu with Sensei Ken Bladyka and Kumite with Sensei David Oddy.  Seminars are 1 hour long and the fee is $20 each.
Sunday April 23rd – 8 am – 12 noon  Karate competition at the Crowne Plaza hotel  – adult 19 – 34 yrs advanced, all teams and youth advanced kumite finals (ages 8 – 18 yrs).
Reserve your room by calling 518-426-6611 and ask for the AAU karate rate.
Application forms are posted shortly at http://www.aaukarate.org/
Competitors must attend their district tournament to qualify for the Region One championship
Tournament flooring is carpet
Team competition will be kata only
Face shield helmets are required
I hope to make this year’s event a special one (and more like a mini-Nationals) by making it a 2 – day event and having clinics for youth and adults.  The 2 – day event will be less tiring for the referees and by having it at the hotel, there will be less driving and more social interaction between all the athletes.  The hotel pool is great and there are plenty of restuarants nearby.
Thanks for your support of AAU karate and feel free to contact me with any questions.
Matt Dorsey
Region One AAU karate chairman
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