(Oct. 10, 2014) The 13th annual OC Classics Tournament will take place Saturday at the Ocean City Recreation and Parks Department’s sports complex at Northside Park, on 125th Street.
There will be two tournaments in one day: karate and jiu-jitsu. Each tournament will be broken down into categories, age and gender divisions.
“For example, a beginner karate division would consist of white, yellow and orange belts,” said Tournament Promoter, Kem Waters.
All of the judges are certified black belts, and they will be awarding the top athletes in each age division with national trophies. All children 12 years and under will take home an award. Later in the day, all winners from each age division will compete for a grand championship title.
“Most children begin karate at the age of 4 or 5,” Waters said.
The age divisions for the tournaments begin at 9 years and younger for the black belt division, and 6 years and younger for all belts under black.
The jiu-jitsu divisions will be formed the day of the tournament depending on the age and number of participants.
Miles Moffit from Southside Jiu-Jitsu Club in Salisbury will be coordinating the events for the 11th year. The jiu-jitsu competitions will be open to men, women and children, and will consist of GI Divisions, a Take Down Tournament and a new women’s competition.
“I like to be able to share jiu-jitsu with people,” Moffit said. “Some people do it for the martial arts, some as a form of self defense, some for fitness, and some just for the camaraderie.”
Last year, 150 participants competed in the two tournaments, and this year organizers expect to have the same turn out.
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning and the competitions are scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
The on-site registration fee is $65 for competitors, and there is a $15 admission for tournament spectators.
For more information, call Waters 410-430-1648 or Moffit 410-726-1398, or visit www.oceancityclassics.com.