LOCAL: Martial arts tournament Saturday in Bowie

By ERIC VICCARO
sports@bowienewsonline.com

For the first time since 2009, a full-fledged martial arts tournament will take place here in Bowie.

The Texoma Warrior of God Championships are set for 10 a.m. on Aug. 5 at the Bowie Community Center. Registration will begin as early as 8 a.m.

“My sister (Theresa Brown and her husband, Scott) started Bowie Bushido Kai in 2000, and they had tournaments,” said event organizer Ryan Evans, who also was the sports editor of The Bowie News for many years.

“I’m extremely excited about this,” Evans continued. “I think Bushido Kai is one of Bowie’s best kept secrets. We’ve had a karate school here for 17 years. This event will help us promote both the town and the class.”

Money raised from the tournament will benefit the missions of Wansai International.

The event will begin with the black-belt competition followed by forms, weapons, sparring and – for the first time ever in Bowie – a team self-defense category.

Evans reported the action will be fast and furious with six rings going at one time. Read more in the Aug. 2 Bowie News.

Matt Williams, from Longview Warrior of God, is expected to be one of the martial arts performers at this Saturday’s tournament in the Bowie Community Center. (News file photo by Eric Viccaro)