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WHEN

Date
Saturday September 26th, 2015
Time
3:00pm

WHAT

On Saturday, September 26th Sensei Cliff Poulton will be participating in a 25-man Kumite (pron. kuma-tay) Challenge at KIHON Traditional Karate.

The Kumite challenge tests a fighter’s mental and physical endurance as he participates in twenty-five back-to-back one-on-one rounds against various opponents. Poulton is a second-degree black belt and has been training for six years. He is a veteran of multiple full-contact fights, and will face off against opponents of a comparable skill level. “I just turned 46,” says Poulton, “I’m not getting any younger and it’s something I’d like to accomplish. Right now I’m in the best shape of my life, and you never know what’s going to happen, so I just want to do it.” Poulton will be the third member of KIHON Traditional Karate to attempt the challenge, following Rob Haglund and Jeff Gordon who, in 2014, completed twenty-five and thirty rounds respectively.

KIHON Tradition Karate is a martial arts school that has existed in Windsor since the 1970’s, when it began at The University of Windsor. Run by fifth-degree black belt Shihan Norm Rivard, it provides instruction in Japanese Full Contact Karate, otherwise known as Knockdown Karate. The rules of this fighting style vary from those of mixed martial arts (MMA), Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC), and Muay Thai, mainly in that Knockdown prohibits punches to the face, and that no gloves or other protective guards are used. “Since I have started at KIHON Karate I have become more physically and mentally healthy,” says Pat S., a 43-year-old student at the school. “I’ve discovered an activity that I can connect with. It has reduced my day-to-day work stress.”

WHERE

Location
Kihon Traditional Karate
1450 Tecumseh Road East
Windsor, Ontario

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