Guelph kickboxer breaks title record at martial arts tournament

Guelph kickboxer breaks title file at martial arts match

Guelph martial artist Nathan Skoufis has made historical past.

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He received the Canadian Open Martial Arts Championships final weekend in Kitchener, breaking a martial arts file.

Skoufis stated what he likes concerning the open match is that it options rivals from completely different disciplines, together with kickboxing and kung fu.

“Each individual clearly presents their very own challenges, and you will have to battle a bit of bit completely different in utilizing what sort of sport plan you’ve got going into the match,” Skoufis stated.

Skoufis added you’re not at all times going to face an opponent with a background in karate or taekwondo.

“Each model does have their distinctive challenges and in the event you’re probably not ready for it, it could actually throw you off a bit of bit,” he stated.

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He stated the problem on this match is that you just’re uncertain of while you’re going to compete. Depending on when the matches finish, Skoufis stated you would battle 5 minutes later or one to 2 hours later.

After inserting first at light-weight, he confronted the winners from the senior and heavyweight divisions to seize the Overall Grand Champion title, his ninth in a row. The 27-year-old broke a martial arts file with the victory.

Skoufis stated to have received the title for 9 years in a row is basically surreal.

“It positively means loads as a result of there’s plenty of nice martial artists on the market all through the province, all through the nation and also you get individuals to return down from the United States as nicely,” he stated.

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Skoufis has attributed his success at this competitors to not solely his coaching but in addition to his mom Sophie, who’s additionally his coach.

“She’s been an enormous a part of my martial arts journey,” he stated. “She’s been with me my complete martial arts journey so she actually is aware of my model and she or he is aware of what I’m making an attempt to do within the match and my issues that I depend on.”

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He added his mother is with him coaching in studio and at tournaments, and it offers them an enormous benefit.

Skoufis shall be competing in North American Sport Karate Association (NASKA) tournaments all through the United States this yr after which he’ll put together for Team Canada qualifiers in Ottawa this summer time.

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