Fechter, Pantaleo Win at 2019 AKF Summer Tournament Of Champions

Record Number of Competitors Flock to Black River Falls

By Brett Hart // 2019

It’s only fitting that the 2019 American Kyuki-Do Federation hosted its largest ever northern tournament on Saturday, Aug. 17 as it celebrates the Federation’s 40th anniversary. The 167 competitors at this year’s , sponsored by Greatmats, was a 15 percent increase over 2018. And it managed to accomplish the feat without the traditionally steady presence of competitors from its Lexington, Kentucky contingent.

In unusual fashion the tournament featured competitors ages 6 to 67 years old exclusively from Wisconsin and Illinois - due in large part to the addition of a tournament October 5 in Athens, Georgia.

Claiming the 2019 Black Belt Grand Championship in the age 18 and over division was Chris Pantaleo of Janesville, Wisconsin. Pantaleo also earned the honor in 2018.

The age 17 and under black belt grand champion was Cole Fechter, who trains out of Delavan, Wisconsin.

AKF Martial Arts Academy of Eau Claire, Wisc., took the honor of bringing the most competitors to the tournament with 25. Meanwhile New Richmond (Wisc.) Martial Arts produced 23 competitors. AKF Martial Arts Janesville (Wisc.) and KBA Black Belt Academy of St. Croix Falls, Wisc., were each represented by 17 athletes. AKF Martial Arts Academy of Neillsville entered 14 martial artists into the competition.

Federation members were eligible to compete in open hand forms, weapons forms, board breaking, point sparring and novice grappling at the tournament - depending on age and experience level.

Past Greatmats-sponsored AKF Summer Tournament of Champions

2018 Kyuki-Do Summer Tournament - Black River Falls, WI
2017 Kyuki-Do Summer Tournament - Eau Claire, WI
2016 Kyuki-Do Summer Tournament - Eau Claire, WI

American Kyuki-Do Federation
Black River Falls WI 54615
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