KAANAPALI - Ohana Martial Arts and Walay Katapusan Escrima, two of Maui's highly regarded martial arts organizations, will present the seventh annual Maui Open Tournament, Filipino Martial Arts and Sport Karate on Saturday, Nov. 2, at The Westin Maui Resort & Spa in Kaanapali.
Co-organizers of the tournament are Chief Randy Cabanilla of Walay Katapusan Escrima and Master Paul Main of Ohana Martial Arts. The two esteemed leaders cordially invite all martial artists and their followers to come and join the growing number of participants in the seventh year of the event.
The tournament will honor the memory of Shannon Ashika Rao Main, the daughter of Anita and Paul Main, who passed away in 2008, as well as Master Ted Tabura, the highly regarded martial arts instructor from Maui and Lanai. A graduate of Lahainaluna High School, Tabura left this world in August of this year at the age of 73.
Master Tabura, nicknamed "Sickle Man" for his expertise with the Japanese kama (sickle), was a leader in Okinawan Te and Lima Lama who established schools in Southern California. He appeared in several motion pictures with his sons. His family announced that by Master Tabura's request, his ashes will be spread in Lahaina in February 2014.
This tournament has always been open to all martial arts styles and schools, and the 2013 event is no exception.
Children, women and men in light, middle and heavyweight divisions in all styles of the martial arts are invited to enter. Featured disciplines include padded stick (point sparring), empty hand kumite (point sparring), caranza and sayaw, kata (individual and team forms), and submission grappling.
Registration is set for 8 to 9 a.m. at The Westin Maui; the entry fee is $30 for one event and $10 for additional events. General admission is $5, and children seven and under are free. Parking will be available at Lahaina Civic Center, with a shuttle bus to take attendees to The Westin Maui in Kaanapali.
For more information, contact Master Ron England at worldwideaq@ yahoo.com; Master Paul Main at 385-5425, 877-5435 or firstname.lastname@example.org; Randy Cabanilla at 871-6086; Frank Krau at 344-6231; or Sandy Dent at 264-4696.
"Mabuhay! Our warmest mahalo to Westin Resort and Spa General Manager Gregg Lundberg and staff for their invaluable help in making this event possible; and to all of the numerous volunteers, school members and families for their generous outpouring of time and support given in planning, coordinating and directing the event. Thank you also to all of the sponsors of the event and to the Del Mar School of Filipino Martial Arts, Hawaii Filipino Martial Arts School, and Tobosa School of Kali Escrima for their contributions to the success of the tournament," organizers noted.