Friday, October 23, 2015

If You Attend Just One Tournament In 2016

Last month I urged readers to stay away from tournaments that don't respect seniors.  If the tournament doesn't offer a 60+ age division, don't go.  If it's a "WTF-style" event that for some reason eliminates one or more senior divisions, save your money.  Tournament directors should be promoting lifelong martial arts instead of "inviting" seniors to compete against 20-year-olds.
   This month I'm happy to point you in the direction of a tournament that treats our oldest and most experienced competitors respectfully.
      Black belt competitors 60 and over: no registration fee.
      Divisions for 60+ athletes?  Yes.
      Actual competitors who are 60+?   Absolutely.  The turnout was excellent last time, and the next version of this tournament will be even better.  The word has gotten out that this is a senior-friendly event.
   I'm talking about the 21st Annual Mercer County Nationals, to be held March 26th, 2016, at Rider University in Lawrenceville, N.J.  Hats off to Master Ivan Mendez for once again putting the spotlight on senior athletes.  If you attend only one tournament in 2016, let this be the one.
    Show respect to those who respect you.  Hope to see you there.