Challenge of Champions 46 Recap & Team Champions
On June 2nd, over 1600 athletes from across the Tiger Schulmann’s organization gathered in Edison NJ to compete in the 2019 Challenge of Champions event. Students both young and old squared off against their peers in a competition of skill. Each school showcased their top talent in the disciplines of kickboxing and/or jiu jitsu. In front of cheering crowds, students displayed their skill and dedication for friends, family and spectators alike.
For many students competing, the Challenge of Champions is a rite of passage. One that solidifies their dedication to the sport of martial arts and allows each student an opportunity to test their skills and push themselves to levels they never thought possible. Competition is more than just winning an award. It’s the journey of training, the comradery of a team, the accomplishment of a personal goal that you set for yourself. For many, it goes far beyond the day of competition and becomes a way of life. As students advance in martial arts, they learn more about themselves, about who they want to be as a person and build lasting respect for their Sensei, their training partners and their teammates.
While attending this year’s event a young, first time student was discussing his match results with his parents. It was the simplicity of his comment that stood out among all others that day and that best captured the essence of the tournament – 8 simple words that encompassed the importance of effort, the spirit of self-discipline and the ability to overcome obstacles both on and off the mat. As he turned to his parents I heard him quietly say, “Training and trying makes me a better me.” Wise words we call all live by.
Until our next competition – Osu!
Here are the Challenge of Champions 46 Team Results. Congratulations to this year’s competitors!
Challenge Of Champions – Beginner Division
1st Place – Seaford
2nd Place – Huntington
3rd Place – Mount Kisco
Challenge Of Champions – Intermediate Division
1st Place – Tottenville
2nd Place – Princeton
3rd Place – Williamsburg
Challenge Of Champions – Advanced Division
1st Place – New Dorp
2nd Place – Elmwood Park
3rd Place – Syosset
Challenge Of Champions – Expert Division
1st Place – Bay Ridge
2nd Place – Rockville
3rd Place – Manhasset