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Sat. April 20

34th annual Sabaki Tournament

Sat. April 20

34th annual Sabaki Tournament 8

May 2014 | Upcoming Events

On Saturday April 20th, full contact martial arts hits Denver, Colorado. The Sabaki Challenge is an open stand up martial arts event that sets the standard for bare knuckle stand up combat. Sabaki is a Japanese word meaning channel power efficiently. It can refer to the effort of taming horse or damming a river. In martial arts it means the natural way to use an opponent’s power and momentum against him, regardless of size. For 34 years, the Sabaki Challenge has provided a place for martial artists to follow their beliefs in the hard training they endure. It allows them to see something in themselves, that might have been hidden if it was just a belief alone. It is a process of self-development and evoloution; polishing oneself and techniques, finding what works and what doesn’t; realizing the real opponent is oneself. In this way, great respect is shown to the opponent each fighter faces on the mat. The event is a modern full contact stand up challenge in the tradition of timeless warrior code the whole family can enjoy. In an age of multi-million dollar contracts there are still those who push purely for the love of what they do. Twenty two men and women from around the world of all martial arts styles will be selected for this single elimination event. Three returning champions will return to contend their divisions. Fighters will gather in Denver from Chile, Poland, Germany, Canada, Peru, Japan, and the U.S. to put their beiliefs to the test in this annual event. Many of the fighters train all year for an event that supports their passion; this event is the Sabaki Challenge! Known in Japan as “karate genius” and “modern day Musashi”, the founder of the Sabaki Challenge, Joko Ninomiya left his homeland for Denver in 1977. He won karate’s most prestigious tournament in Japan, 1978. In 1988 Ninomiya developed Enshin Karate, now with 100 schools across the U.S. and abroad. Kancho Ninomiya created the Sabaki Challenge to provide fighters of all styles an opportunity to challenge themselves in a pure test of stand-up fighting skills. Don’t miss the Sabaki Challenge on April 20th at the National Western Stadium. For more information, call 303-320-7632 or visit www.sabaki.com.

On Saturday April 20th, full contact martial arts hits Denver, Colorado. The Sabaki Challenge is an open stand up martial arts event that sets the standard for bare knuckle stand up combat. Sabaki is a Japanese word meaning channel power efficiently. It can refer to the effort of taming horse or damming a river. In martial arts it means the natural way to use an opponent’s power and momentum against him, regardless of size. For 34 years, the Sabaki Challenge has provided a place for martial artists to follow their beliefs in the hard training they endure. It allows them to see something in themselves, that might have been hidden if it was just a belief alone. It is a process of self-development and evoloution; polishing oneself and techniques, finding what works and what doesn’t; realizing the real opponent is oneself. In this way, great respect is shown to the opponent each fighter faces on the mat. The event is a modern full contact stand up challenge in the tradition of timeless warrior code the whole family can enjoy. In an age of multi-million dollar contracts there are still those who push purely for the love of what they do. Twenty two men and women from around the world of all martial arts styles will be selected for this single elimination event. Three returning champions will return to contend their divisions. Fighters will gather in Denver from Chile, Poland, Germany, Canada, Peru, Japan, and the U.S. to put their beiliefs to the test in this annual event. Many of the fighters train all year for an event that supports their passion; this event is the Sabaki Challenge! Known in Japan as “karate genius” and “modern day Musashi”, the founder of the Sabaki Challenge, Joko Ninomiya left his homeland for Denver in 1977. He won karate’s most prestigious tournament in Japan, 1978. In 1988 Ninomiya developed Enshin Karate, now with 100 schools across the U.S. and abroad. Kancho Ninomiya created the Sabaki Challenge to provide fighters of all styles an opportunity to challenge themselves in a pure test of stand-up fighting skills. Don’t miss the Sabaki Challenge on April 20th at the National Western Stadium. For more information, call 303-320-7632 or visit www.sabaki.com.

Asian Avenue magazine - May 2014  

Cover: Asian American Heroes of Colorado

Asian Avenue magazine - May 2014  

Cover: Asian American Heroes of Colorado

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