Fairbanks Karate Tournament for Traci’s Hope | WIVT

VESTAL, NY – A big martial arts tournament is coming to SUNY Broome this Saturday 6/4. Starting at 9:30 a.m. at SUNY Broome West Gym, the eighth annual Fairbanks Karate Tournament takes place in support of Traci’s Hope.

Over one hundred and fifty competitors from across the Northeast are currently registered. Some of the competitions include forms of karate, board breaking, sparring, and weapon demonstrations.

The extreme breaking event features students punching garden blocks, concrete, baseball bats and coconuts, all using traditional karate moves.

Participants range from two-year-olds to grown adults.

Master Cathy Fairbanks says, “Not only do we train in self-defense, but it gives people a place to belong. It also gives people confidence and also helps release stress. And also we become an environment where we are really like a family, so therefore someone can feel isolated or lonely, they enter martial arts school and there are so many people who care about you .

This year’s tournament is dedicated to the late Fairbanks Karate Black Belt Blake Thrasher. In honor of Thrasher’s legacy, a competitor will receive an entire year of tuition at Fairbanks Karate.

There will be a 50/50 raffle and a silent auction; all proceeds go to benefit Traci’s Hope.

All items available for auction were donated by Fairbanks Karate students or local businesses.

Admission is five dollars at the door.

Traci’s Hope is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with breast cancer. The organization will help pay for many different services that insurance companies will not pay for.

During the event, look for Master Cathy Fairbanks at the Sandy Hook’s Promise table. Sandy Hook’s Promise is an organization dedicated to improving gun safety in schools and recognizing the telltale signs of someone at risk of harming themselves or others.

For more information, go to http://www.fairbankskarate.com/ and click on tournament.

Kristen T. Prall