Martial arts tournament brings out fierce competition


The 2019 Twin Tiers Martial Arts Championship was held at the Elmira College Murray Athletic Center.

The Twin Tiers Martial Arts Championship (TTMAC) is the premier martial arts competition in the Twin Tiers of New York and the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania. This is an opportunity for students of all ages and all levels to come together and present their martial arts skills in healthy and fair competition. 

I’m super proud, he’s been coming to tournaments, said proud parent Shannon Wilcox. This is probably the first time he’s been in a tournament this big and placed. I’m just really, really proud, added Wilcox.

TTMAC is a great opportunity to grow in your martial arts journey whether you are a beginner, a seasoned martial artist or just a curious spectator possibly interested in martial arts.

The tournament is promoted and produced by American Family Karate, which has been serving the Elmira community for the past 10 years. Sensei Shawnie Brown is a two-time inductee to the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame and holds the rank of Godan (5th-degree black belt) in Soryu Karte. Sensei Brown has been national, and internationally ranked in the National Blackbelt League (NBL) and has been participating in tournaments for over 20 years.

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