Thu June 13th 2019
We're excited to announce that entries are now open for the inaugural Kingsland Cup. This is going to be a sparring tournament using NZ Hapkido Federation sparring rules, along with a few team demonstrations by Kingsland Martial Arts students. Entries are open for both children and adults across all weight classes, and they close on the 9th of November.
A final draw will be announced 2 weeks before the event. Entry fees are $20 per competitor.
What we're planning for the day
We're planning to run a really fun day of competition. The kids tournament kicks off just after 2pm and should be completed by mid afternoon. The adult competition runs to around 5pm (depending on the number of entries). Prizegiving for both will be at the conclusion of the adults sparring. Several Hapkido masters from other clubs will be in attendance to help us referee, there will be an on-site first aid officer to keep us in one piece, and several parent marshals will help it all run smoothly.
Spectators can attend for free - so please feel welcome to invite family & friends along to cheer for you.
There will also be a dinner hosted by the club at a local restaurant for any adults wishing to attend, and more details will be released closer to the time.
Wondering whether you should enter?
We train for all sorts of reasons: fitness, self defence, fun. A tournament is a great test of your skills and fitness against an opponent who is trying to do the same - but it's in a controlled environment where we can minimise the chances of injury. It's a physical and mental challenge - much like a grading is - and win or lose, competitors can feel pride in facing that challenge head on. If you've not enterred before we encourage you to give it a go.
- What are the Rules?
The full sparring rules will be posted soon. Essentially, we use the NZ variation of the World Kido Federation sparring rules, which allow striking to the head with fists for adult competitors, along with grappling & ground fighting. Rounds are scored based on a range of scoring techniques including strikes and throws. The competitor that accumulates the highest score over 2 rounds is the winner.
- Do people get hurt?
The answer is that yes, as in any sport, there are occasional injuries. We wear safety gear, we practice, and we rely on good refereeing to minimise the risk of serious injuries. We will also have a trained first aid person on site.
- What gear do I need?
We require competitors to have their own shinpads, gloves, and mouthguard. We will supply appropriate headgear during the tournament (though you are welcome to buy or bring your own.) There are a range of suppliers. These are some good entry-level shinpads while for the hands you should look to purchase 'MMA style' mitts (you don't have to purchase these brands if you don't want to - these are simply examples). Mouthguards can be bought at any pharmacy or sports gear store. We also highly encourage men & boys wear groin protection, and women may also wish to wear chest protection.
- What if I'm not a Hapkido student?
We have invited some students from other clubs to participate - but this is not an open competition. If you train in another style and would like to enter, please get in touch and we can discuss. Of course, you're always welcome to join a Hapkido club and then it won't be a problem!