2014-07-03 / Sports

Martial arts instructor competes in mixed weapons tournament

By Tyler Ormisto Intern

Michael Robinson displays the stick that is used in competition. Michael Robinson displays the stick that is used in competition. DAVISON – A local instructor of Triadic Martial Arts recently competed in a mixed weapons tournament which took place in Ontario June 21.

Michael Robinson, chief instructor and president of Triadic Martial Arts in Davison competed against 10 to 14 different stick fighters in Hamilton, Ontario.

The competition went well for Robinson and will bring recognition to his Davison fighting studio.

“This was an amazing event,” said Master Michael Robinson. “Our school is now going to be listed as a Stick Fighting World Training Center.”

Robinson first started competing in the sport in the early 90s and has recently dedicated most of his work and skill to Filipino Martial Arts.

“I come back to an event every few years to ‘see if I still got it’,” said Robinson. “But often shy away from the sporting aspects of the arts until I was offered the opportunity to truly test myself in MWMA.”

The competition consisted of stick fighters of different weight classes and experience and featured five to seven fights for the tournament.

Not only was Robinson part of a rare and interesting event, but also could help the art by joining what he says is a “groundbreaking movement.”

“I was extremely excited to be part of this first of a kind event,” said Robinson. “I really wanted to be involved in a groundbreaking movement that just might change the martial arts competition world.”

Mixed Weapons Martial Arts (MWMA) is an up and coming sport and is compared mostly to the more popular types of fighting that include Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Unlike the other two forms of fighting, MWMA uses a combination of punches, kicks, elbow, and knee strikes along with the use of a weapon to defeat the opponent. Fighters can win by knockout, disqualification, and decision.

“What I like most about MWMA is the combination of skill sets that are tested in battle,” said Robinson. “The wide array of competitors with various backgrounds make it a true testing ground for competitors to showcase their skills.”

“I immediately wanted to be involved,” said Robinson. “I was contacted by Super Heavyweight Champion John Lehmann and knew this was not an opportunity to miss.”

Robinson’s “fan favorite” fight will not only bring more recognition to the Davison martial arts school, but also earned him another fight in a similar event in September.

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