Martial arts tournament encourages participants to fight for the Children’s Justice Center

The Cache Valley Martial Arts Tournament coming up on Saturday, May 2 is also what the coordinator Vanessa Allen calls, “a fight for the Children’s Justice Center.” Allen says all of the proceeds from the non-profit tournament will go to the Children’s Justice Center of Logan.

Like others in her family, Allen says she started karate at the age of three, earning a black belt and later going on to teach what she has been doing for several years. So what interests Allen and others in the martial arts?

<span>”Our style really focuses on self defense, feeling confident that you could defend yourself if needed,” she explains. “It helps bring the best attitude you can out of anything in life: working hard, having a good attitude so you can succeed.”</span>

Allen says her husband, who is a law enforcement officer, has always been supportive. For those participating in the tournament the fee is $30 for the first event and $5 for each additional event. Spectators pay $2 per person or $5 per family.

The Martial Arts Tournament will be held at the Riverwoods Conference Center’s Springhill Suites Mariott in the ballrooms with registration starting at 9 a.m. Events begin at 10.

Everyone attending should bring a can of food or other non-perishable item for the Cache Community Food Pantry. The required sparring gear includes hand pads and foot pads with head gear provided.

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