TYGA MArtial Arts International Championships 2005
Crystal Place, London, UK.

Article by M.Manro and A.Khan 2nd Dans.

This has become the biggest and only truly open non-political martial art event in Britain, with over 6 fighting mats of world class action. The TYGA World Open comprises of championsships in Karate, Jujitsu, Taekwondo and Kickboxing, an unique event with all these martial arts and martial artists competing at one venue.

This truly worldwide event included over 450 competitors from Britain, USA, Spain, Germany, Russia, Poland, Czech Republic, Pakistan and India.

The many hundreds of spectators witnessed great competitive spirit and action from all the fighters present. From the spectator point of view they were able to watch Karate sparring and then watch Taekwondo sparring and then Jujitsu grappling.

The organiser, Grandmaster Gary Wasniewski 10th Dan, believes that this is “the future of all martial arts events”, that is why the 2006 TYGA World Open Championships has confirmed TV coverage and filming.So, if you want to be part of something really historic and see yourself of TV! get your club and individual entries in as soon as possible because there will be even more competitors on the 19th November 2006.

The TYGA World Open supports Cancer Research UK and a large donation is given every year by GM. Gary Wasniewski,age 52, who also gave an impromptu demonstration of his full contact free fighting abilities on the day.

This years event saw some of the most hard fought and strong fighting spirit from men, women, boys, girls and teams competing.
The organisation was also superb with the event starting at 10am and finishing at 9pm. All the junior sections finished at 6pm, so no late finish for the children.

This has become a real family event with even first time spectators saying that the event was exciting, compelling and great to watch! With typical TYGA generosity all competitors received a commemorative medal and certificate just for entering the event.

There were many highlights specially the Mens Black Belt Karate Sparring and Womens Black Belt Karate Sparring and Mens Karate Team Event plus the Mens Taekwondo Sparring and the Open Black Belt Jujitsu Sparring, just to name a few.

The date of the next TYGA World Open is Sunday 19th November 2006, Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. It also looks set to grow with many more new competitors and spectators too! Come and see why you must not miss this event, and why it is so special.