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Martial arts champs of all ages compete in Riverside event
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Youth division participants hold the floor Saturday noon for the 2014 Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation national championship tournament at Riverside Military Academy. About 300 martial artists from Maine to Texas attended the biannual tournament, APTSDF President John St. James said. Black belt competition was Friday night. Adult intermediate division competitions were to be held later Saturday afternoon. Results will be posted at, organizers said. - photo by NAT GURLEY
The clanking of metals and cracks of splitting wood filled Riverside Military Academy’s Curtis Hall Gym on Saturday as Riverside played host to the 2014 National Championships martial arts event for the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation. Hundreds of competitors vied for medals in sparring (hand-to-hand combat), breaking (breaking wood boards), form and weapons. The two-day event followed three days of APTSDF Federation’s annual Masters’ Clinic for advanced training.