Martial Arts Tournament Comes to Zanesville

by Erika Brooks on October 8, 2012 at 1:34 am

Martial artists from all over Ohio competed in Zanesville’s first sanctioned tournament.

Coszacks Rocktober Championships were held today at the Bishop Fenwick school gym. The tournament featured martial arts of all disciplines.

"This is one of our first sanctioned tournaments and the organization is called UPMAC, United Martial Arts Promoter Circuit and they do a wonderful job training kids consistency and this is the first time they’ve come to our area and we’re happy to have them here," said Jeff Hardwick of Coszacks Karate Club.

The competition included about 150 divisions with men and women of all ages participating. The scores from this tournament will make a difference for competitors in the grand championship at the end of the year.

"Because they track each event all through the year so competitors don’t only get awards at this tournament, they acquire points for each place they get and at the end of the year they get grand championships based on who won each division," said Brad Seward of Coszacks Karate Club.

Trophies were awarded for first, second and third place in all divisions.