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31st Annual Southern Open


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Pheonix Open 2018
Battle of Atlanta, June 19th and 20th 2015
Several members of the team brought home 24 awards inclusive of 6 first places and 6 second places. Team members were Alex, Brady, Dillon, Evan, Hadley, Logan, Leah and Samantha.
Bay High Demonstration, 7th Annual Bay Invitational, Feb 27th, 2015
Chayah Revival Demo, Laguna Beach, July 2014
Thunderbirds Awards for the 2013 Season
Just having fun on Halloween 2013
International Martial Arts Festival, ESPN - Orlando Florida, August 2013
Dixieland Nationals, South Carolina August 2013
  Venus was on fire the month of August! 5 x 1st place wins at the Dixieland Nationals held in Myrtle Beach South Carolina. She also won 5 awards at the International Martial Arts Festival the following weekend in Orlando Florida. What a fantastic month!    
US Open, July 5th & 6th, 2013,Disney Coronado, Orlando Florida
Battle of Atlanta, Atlanta Summer - 2013
Gator Nationals, Daytona Beach Florida - 2013
Visual Arts Center Spring Festival, McKenzie Park, Spring 2013
Bay County Health Fair, Boardwalk Beach Resort Spring 2013
Bay Wind Invitational, Bay High School, Spring 2013
McDonalds Holiday Demo, Callaway Florida, New Year 2013
Panama City Toyota Safety Day, Christmas 2012
Bay Haven Fall Festival Thunderbird Demonstration - 2012
Gator Nationals, Daytona Beach Florida - 2012
22nd Annual Southern Open Grand Champion, Phenix City, Al. 2012

Patrice Perno wins her divisions and the GRAND CHAMPION - very proud of you!!!!


Oct 24th and 25th 2008, Wide World of Sports, Orlando Florida

Several members of the Thunderbirds participated in the Disney Martial Arts Festival. The tournament was well run and good sized with competitiors from several countries. Every team member brought home "Disney" awards!



Oct 10th and 11th 2008, Bloomington , MN Diamond National World Karate Championships

Matt Hunter won four 1st places! Matt won the 8/9 yr old intermediate Traditional Forms, Traditional Weapons, Creative Forms and Sparring divisions. Coach Martin “this is a really exceptional performance, the Diamond Nationals is the best run tournament on the NASKA circuit. To win is great, too win four first places is very special! Way to go Matt!!!”



18th Annual Southern Open, Phenix City, Al. Oct 4th, 2008

6 Members of the Thunderbirds brought home 12 trophies out of 12 events; Jared M. - 1st Sparring, Eric - 1st Sparring, Matt H - 1st Sparring, 1st Open Forms, 2nd Weapons; John H - 3rd weapons, 3rd forms, 3rd sparring, Chris J - 3rd weapons, 3rd forms, 2nd sparring, John Eddie - 1st sparring



Thunderbirds win at the "2008 Sunshine Classic”!

Areion Gautier, Dillion Bush, John Hunter, Matt Hunter, Josh Powell and Shawn Gautier all won 1st place at the 2008 Sunshine Classic held by the World Yoshukai Karate Kobudo Organization. Panama City Beach , Florida .



Thunderbirds win lots at the 41st “Battle of Atlanta” 2008

Members of the Thunderbirds from Marty Martin’s Karate Training Centers once again show their stuff. Every member of the team brought home awards from the 41st Battle held August 1st and 2nd at the Hilton Hotel, Atlanta Ga.


Matt Watson wins both the men’s Creative Weapons and Traditional Kata advanced division at the 41st Battle of Atlanta. Matt has gone undefeated this season – a great accomplishment since his 5 year absence serving the United States Marine Corp.




Matt VanGennep wins 3rd place in the men’s heavyweight division at the 41st Battle of Atlanta. Matt once again displayed why he is feared in the heavyweight division he moves like no other big man on the circuit right now.


28th Annual Southern Region Open Tournament

Dothan Al.

Matt Van Ganneup - 1st place men's heavyweight sparring.

John Johnson - 2nd place men's lightheavy weight sparring.


30th Diamond Nationals World Karate Championships

Team members won 23 awards inclusive of seven 1st places at the 30th Diamond Nationals World Karate Championships held in the River Center, Minneapolis St. Paul, Minn. Team members included from the back Matt Darnell, Arieon Gautier, Zack Kubisz, John Hunter, Dylan Bush and Matt Hunter.


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