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3 Key Learnings from the Quebec Open


The Quebec Open made a comeback after a two-year hiatus, thanks to the efforts of David Bossinotte, Claire Cocozza, and Sam Gagnon. These individuals have done an exceptional job in continuing the legacy of renowned promoter Clermont Poulin. Although I couldn’t attend the event due to my medical school commitments, watching the athletes perform during the night show on UventexTV pay-per-view made me nostalgic. Based on my observations and some information about the eliminations, I have three significant points to share.

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The sport currently has two divisions that showcase its depth. The first is the junior girls (aged 14-17) in forms and weapons. In the forms category, Jessica Albu from Team Revolution made her debut on stage, adding to the already strong competition from CMX forms competitors like Averi Presley, Isabella Nicoli, and Alyss Groce. Erica Goldt from Team AKA also made a name for herself in the CMX mix by placing ahead of some higher-ranked competitors. In the weapons category, Samantha Mitling won her first overall grand championship with an impressive bo form that was influenced by Scott Cornelius and Derek Meegan. She performed some impressive rolls and solid releases to earn the championship title, joining a long list of CMX weapons runoff winners in this age group including Rodriguez Florez, Routel-Ferguson, and Nicoli.

The depth of the field is significant.

I would like to draw attention to the men’s forms and weapons division, specifically CMX. Ben Jones winning the overall grand championship means that all three Competitive Edge boys recruited to Team Paul Mitchell last year have won ADULT overall grands (Jones, Tremblay, and Holt). Whenever one of these three competitors has participated in a NASKA event this year, one of them has won the CMX weapons overall grand. Additionally, JPM members like Jake Presley and Alex Mancillas have been dominating traditional weapons and heavyweight sparring, respectively. Rashad Eugene of Team DMND G3 is also a strong contender for the overall grand. Brennan Green of Team Revolution made his second appearance this season and Salef Celiz, Dawson Holt, Diego Rodriguez Florez, Ben Jones, and Rashad Eugene have all been impressive in creative forms. The men’s division is incredibly competitive, and it will be interesting to see which three competitors will rise to become the next triumvirate.The night show and Uventex PPV stream incorporated many of the elements that I have been advocating for in the sport for several years. The event was able to attract a large crowd by effectively marketing it as a must-see show. However, it’s important to have a product that can hold people’s attention for more than two hours. The production itself was professional and entertaining, with impressive backdrops, big screens, light effects, and fog. The slow-motion replay implemented by Uventex was a great addition, but there is room for improvement in terms of providing more specific replays. The pay-per-view price was criticized by some, but I believe it’s necessary to generate revenue from spectators and attract sponsorship opportunities. Investing in the sport will enable promoters to reward athletes and increase prize money.Other articles on the internet

Straight Up Dominance

Now, let’s discuss the performance of the athletes. Some participants showed remarkable consistency throughout the event, like Judah Sagawa who won both youth forms and weapons, Sofia Rodriguez Florez who once again won both traditional grands and emerged as the winner in the forms overall category, and Mason Stowell who won the men’s traditional forms overall. Other noteworthy victories include Shane Billow’s double overall grand championships and Savannah Agosto’s first-ever overall grand championship in youth girls’ weapons.Apart from the main three points I’ve mentioned earlier, I’d like to give a final shoutout. The Défi Challenge at the Quebec Open is an exceptional event in sport karate. It’s remarkable how this division features martial artists with disabilities, and it should be included in every night show on the NASKA world tour in some form. This year’s champion was Gaetan Monette, and the award was presented by Florent Fontier, the Défi Challenge GOAT and Quebec Open legend. Thank you, Quebec Open, for showcasing these athletes in an incredible way.

I have already expressed most of my thoughts, but I cannot discuss Quebec without mentioning how impressed I was with Kevin Walker and Bailey Murphy from Team Straight Up. KSwift performed exceptionally well in the heavyweight overall grand championship, winning by a 10-point spread after dominating the first round and exploding in the second. In the lightweight division, Murphy put on a defensive clinic against Tyson Wray, landing impressive counter punches and back fists to secure a 12-2 victory. In the Virtual Fight Tour Last Man Standing, Walker gave Murphy a tough match, but Murphy ultimately won. Murphy also won the open weight title and helped Team Straight Up come back from a 3-point deficit to win the team fighting final against Team DMND G3. Joe Greenhalgh must have been proud of his team’s performance.

3 Takeaways from the Quebec Open

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