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Video: International Martial Arts Expo Comes to Union City

More than 100 people from all over the world competed in the two-day 2011 61st Annual KSDI Open Karate Tournament at James Logan High School.

On July 8 and 9, more than 100 people from all over the world flocked to James Logan High School to compete in the 2011 61st Annual Kajukenbo Self Defense Institute Open Karate Tournament.

It was the first time the event was held in Union City, said Liza Macalolooy of Union City-based mixed martial arts studio. Usually, students raise funds to travel outside of the Bay Area for the tournament, she said.

"It's just great that it's here in our hometown," she said.

Each year, participants of all ages flex their skills to see who's the best in kajukenbo, a mixed martial art founded by Sijo Adriano Emperado in the '40s that combines boxing, kenpo karate, judo, jiu-jitsu, kung fu and other fighting techniques.

The event also featured a seminar in which Dragons Den founder Jeff Macalolooy taught lessons alongside grand masters from across the country.

Watch the full report in the video above.

Sigung Glenn July 14, 2011 at 01:31 AM
2011 Kajukenbo Self-Defense Institute (K.S.D.I.) of Hawaii and Mainland U.S.A. ~ Present 61st Annual K.S.D.I. Kajukenbo Open Karate Tournament ~ James Logan High School ~ Union City, California ~ Mainland U.S.A. ~ Many Kajukenbo School and Martial Artist from around the world attended this event. This special footage will show how the event happened that day! ~ Special thanks to "Ken Guanga" for sharing this beautiful footage of this tournament ~ Note: Sigung Glenn F. Mariano ~ Footage of me here on "19 - 21" sec. & "35 -37" sec. You can see me there ~ Mahalo nui ioa
Clayton Bearden July 14, 2011 at 05:33 PM
7/14/2011 Aloha, I really like the video and content of the International Martial Arts Tournament The footage is beautiful! great participantstoo! i like the Patch concept and look forward to keeping in touch. Aloha, Clayton
Ken Guanga July 15, 2011 at 08:21 AM
Thank you Clayton. We're glad you're enjoying Patch!

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