Thunderfoot Open coming June 27

Master Thad Hughes (second from right) and his Thunderfoot Karate business will host the Thunderfoot Open Saturday, June 27 at London High School.

London’s Thunderfoot Karate will be moving to a bigger venue for a day.

That’s because Thunderfoot will be hosting a karate tournament Saturday, June 27 and its location on High Street won’t be nearly big enough to hold what is expected to be a large turnout. Master Thad Hughes will host the Thunderfoot Open at London High School, 336 Elm St., and is optimistic the karate community from across the state and region will find their way to Madison County.

“I know people from all over the country, this event should bring people in from Indiana, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Michigan,” Hughes said. “People know I have good tournaments and that the karate circuit I’m in (Miami Valley Tournament Association) has some of the best competition in Ohio.”

Last year’s event had 117 competitors in London, most of them being from out of town. Hughes is hopeful that most of his collection of students who train at Thunderfoot regularly will also be in the field when the event starts June 27.

“I try to get as many of my students to compete as I can,” he said. “It gives them a sense of accomplishment and lets them know where they stand against other schools.”

This will be the fifth year of the Thunderfoot Open. The event is open to all styles and will feature Sparring, Katata, Weapons and Grappling. Registration for the event starts at 9 a.m. There will be a rules meeting, Black Belt Officials Certification at 11 a.m. and the tournament will begin at noon.

For more information you can call Master Thad Hughes at 614-596-0737 or at the Thunderfoot Karate facility located at 58 E. High St., London, OH 43140.

Chris Miles can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1618 or via Twitter @MadPressSports.