When-to-fight Martial Arts (Orofino) and Valley Karate & Jiu-Jitsu School (Lewiston) are again working together to present the 4th Annual Shiai of Champions karate tournament. In Japanese a Shiai is a friendly martial competition between students of a karate school.
This friendly event, for students aged 4 to 20 years, keeps that tradition alive by bringing karateka from nearby schools together in a competitive contest that allows them to demonstrate the skills they have been practicing and mingle with their peers in the martial arts.
Last year’s event saw 66 kids participate in the 4-event competition (there are multiple divisions within each event.) Over two hundred parents, grand-parents, siblings and friends filled the gymnasium at the old Orofino Jr. High School to cheer and watch. This year we have invited additional schools to attend our event. In order to accommodate the additional students and spectators we’ve secured use of the Orofino Elementary School Gymnasium.
Every student who enters the event is given, with their registration, a commemorative t-shirt and program. Medals are given to everyone who participates with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medals awarded to those who place at the top of their event. Four “Champion” trophies are also awarded to the participants with the largest accumulated point scored in their individual divisions (pee-wee, beginning, intermediate, and advanced) with a special ‘Spirit’ trophy given to the student who best exemplifies the nature of this event.
This year, The Dog House will be on-site to provide food and beverages.