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Important information for 2015 and 2016:

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we have been unable to solidify a date for 2015 and unfortunately will not be able hold an event this year. We are in the process of working on the American Open World Tour event for 2016. With the additional time to prepare, the 2016 event promises to be the best American Open yet. We look forward to seeing you next year and thank you for your time and support. We apologize for any inconveniences, please feel free to contact us with any further questions or comments.

The Tournament

All competitors are encouraged to compete in all divisions and in all disciplines. However, be aware there is some potential for schedule conflicts during Saturday’s competition between the No-Gi Grappling and Sport Karate MMA divisions with some of the NASKA Black Belt and NASKA / AKA Under Belt divisions and on Sunday’s competition between the KungFuMagazine.com Championship Chinese divisions with the other disciplines’ traditional forms, traditional weapons and some fighting divisions. Every effort will made to help insure that competitors can attend all of their divisions; however, this cannot be guaranteed. NO REFUNDS FOR MISSED DIVISIONS.


NASKA World Tour Black Belt - rules

Regardless of the amount of tournament experience, all black belts are encouraged to compete in the NASKA World Tour Black Belt divisions. NASKA rules are created to put multiple disciplines together to compete in the same ring. Competitors have several divisions available to compete: Traditional, Creative, Extreme, and Music divisions in forms and weapons, Synchronized Forms, Team Demo, Point Sparring and Team Sparring. NASKA World Tour Black Belt divisions also offer for 18 year old & over Adults Chinese, Korean and Japanese forms and Chinese weapons divisions.

New for 2014 - All adult Black Belt competitors 30+ have the option to compete down to 18+. (Any 30+, 40+, 50+ and 60+ year old competitor can compete in any younger adult Black Belt Division. A competitor cannot compete up in an age division.) In all black belt point sparring now include a 3 point spinning jump kick to the head. Additionally Black Belt point sparring competitors can now score with one hand down. See Rules Page.

The Night Show at the AKA American Open presented by Kung Fu Magazine will feature Overall Grand Championships for the NASKA World Tour Black Belt competition. The NASKA World Tour Black Belt divisions will run on Saturday beginning at 1:00 pm with Demo Team and Syncronised forms (ringside check-in at 12:30 pm) followed by individual competition at 2:00 pm (ringside check-in at 1:30 pm), and on Sunday morning will follow the American Open Empty Hand Forms Divisions; ringside check-in at 8:30 am. All competitors competing in the NASKA World Tour Black Belt divisions earn points in all of our sanction bodies’ circuits.

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NASKA / AKA Under Belt - rules

Like the NASKA World Tour Black divisions, the NASKA / AKA Under Belt divisions put multiple disciplines together to compete in the same ring. All under belts are encouraged to compete in the NASKA / AKA Under Belt divisions. As with the NASKA World Tour Black Belt divisions, competitors have several divisions available to compete: Traditional, Creative, Extreme, and Music divisions in forms and weapons, Synchronized Forms, Team Demo, Point Sparring and Team Sparring. NASKA Rules will be used in the NASKA / AKA Under Belt divisions with the exceptions and additions noted on the rules page. The NASKA / AKA Under Belt divisions will run on Saturday beginning at 1:00 pm with Demo Team and Synchronized forms and weapons (ringside check-in at 12:30 pm) followed by individual competition at 2:00 pm (ringside check-in at 1:30 pm), and on Sunday morning will follow the American Open Empty Hand Forms Divisions; ringside check-in at 8:30 am. All competitors competing in the NASKA / AKA Under Belt divisions earn points in all of our sanction bodies’ circuits

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Kung Fu Magazine.com Championships Chinese Divisions - rules

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The Kung Fu Magazine.com Championship Chinese divisions are based on the Kung Fu Magazine.com Championships held in San Jose, California. The AKA American Open features Tai Chi, Traditional Kung Fu and Wushu Forms and Weapons divisions and Team Internal and External Forms. Kung Fu Magazine.com Championships rules will be used. The Night Show at the AKA American Open presented by Kung Fu Magazine will feature demos by the Advance Belt Overall Grand Championships for the Kung Fu Magazine.com competition. All of the Kung Fu Magazine.com Chinese Divisions are run on Sunday. Competition begins at 9:00 am; ringside check-in at 8:30 am.


American Open Traditional Empty Hand Forms - rules

AKA American Open

In contrast to the NASKA Traditional forms divisions, the American Open Traditional Empty Hand Forms divisions are separated into groups where competitors compete within their own discipline groups of Japanese, Kenpo, and Korean. Competitors of all age groups, all experience levels, and all belt ranks are encouraged to compete in the American Open Traditional Empty Hand Forms divisions and are equally encouraged to compete using their school’s discipline forms. NASKA Rules will be used in the American Open Traditional Empty Hand Forms divisions. These divisions will start the competition on Sunday at 9:00 am; ringside check-in time is 8:30 am.

 

American Open Continuous Sparring - rules

AKA American Open

The AKA American Open offers the American Open Continuous Sparring divisions that feature divisions for all levels of experience from 9 & under beginners to 18 & over Black Belts. New this year, The Night Show at the AKA American Open presented by Kung Fu Magazine will feature the American Open Men's Black Belt Continuous Sparring Overall Grand Championship. All NASKA Sparring rules apply in the continuous sparring divisions with the additions noted on the Rules Page and the following:

  1. Under Belts - Two 30 second rounds with a 30 second break between them.
    Black Belts - Two 45 second rounds with a 30 second break between them.
  2. Clickers will be used count points.
  3. New Rules for 2014. Please check the rules page for updated rules.

The continuous sparring divisions will run on Saturday after 3:30 pm. Ringside check-in time is 3:00 pm.


American Open No-Gi Grappling - rules

AKA American Open

For the Third year the AKA American Open is offering the American Open No-Gi Grappling Divisions. The American Open No-Gi Grappling Divisions are run using the American Open Grappling rules. The American Open No-Gi Grappling Divisions for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced are run on Saturday at Noon; ringside check-in is at 11:30am.

 

American Open Sport MMA - rules

AKA American Open

For the second year the AKA American Open is offering the American Open Sport MMA Divisions for 17 years and under. The Sport MMA Divisions are run using the American Open Sport MMA rules, which emphasize safety and the controlled application of proper technique. The American Open Sport MMA Divisions are run on Saturday at Noon; ringside check-in is at 11:30am.

 

American Open Special Needs - rules

AKA American Open

The AKA American Open offers the American Open Special Needs Divisions. Special Needs competition serves to educate the public on the “abilities” of developmentally challenged athletes and to motivate competitors to train in the adaptive marital arts where even those in wheelchairs or walkers learn and progress in the sport. Learning, progressing and accomplishing goals creates confidence and increases self-esteem in all humans; fundamentally changing who we are. NASKA rules will be used in the American Open Special Needs and these divisions will run on Sunday, but not before 1:00 pm; check-in time is 12:00 noon.