On April 2, roughly 170 participants ages 6-18 ranging from white to the prestigious black belt will be competing for their chance to win in the Presti Karate Kid's Championships. This year's fundraising will benefit Child Advocacy, Community Missions and Kick Start Kids. Presti Karate has donated more than $49,000 over the years to such local children's programs.
This year, all participants will receive the same size trophy, and the first-, second- and third-place winners will receive an additional ribbon to place on their trophy. Also new this year is a white belt division for beginners only. This will teach participants basic skills and educate them on what constitutes a good tournament.
The tournament is open to members of the Presti Karate Centers only and Professional Martial Arts Educators Association members. This group is a professional martial arts organization that monitors professional schools and prevents poor quality from being taught. Locally, Presti Karate Centers, Jong Parks and Master Bob Heisner's Project Future meet the requirements and commitment of a professional martial arts school. There are three or four more martial art schools that meet the requirements in Buffalo.
A pep rally/food drive will take place on Feb. 26 at the Presti Karate Centers located at 2809 Pine Ave. Prep classes for this tournament will be held Thursday nights at 7:30 p.m. throughout the month of March. For further information, call Presti Karate at 285-9242.