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Seido Karate tourney set for Saturday

Published:Tuesday | June 23, 2015 | 5:57 PM

The best of Jamaica's martial artists and several from overseas will be in action on Saturday at the University of Technology, showcasing their skills at the annual Seido Karate International Tournament.

In a release yesterday, Seido Karate Jamaica said those on show will include Jamaican and international champions from the still undefeated Combined Martial Arts team which has rocked the world with their skills for the past eight years.

Former Grand Champion Paul Williams from New York Seido arrived in the island yesterday and is ready and rearing to go, the release added. Williams, known for his powerful body punches that have left many competitors wincing in pain, has great plans to regain his title that he lost to reigning Grand Champion Greagon Taylor of Seido Jamaica last year.

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But many other hopefuls have plans to grab the spotlight and be crowned Grand Champion at this prestigious tournament. They include Olympian Kenneth Edwards, who is a world champion; Nicholas Dusard, and Eric Wanliss.

The inter-school competition also promises intense rivalry between the top contenders Kingston College, Calabar High, Jamaica College, Wolmer's Boys' and Cornwall College.

With Seido Karate Jamaica celebrating its 39th year, more participants will receive medals this year, especially in the children's divisions. All this has been made possible, the release said, by assistance from the Sports Development Foundation and Mighty Fist, manufacturers of martial arts safety equipment.

The tournament will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.