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VIDEO: Martial arts at the Show-Me State Games

Saturday, July 24, 2010 | 3:17 p.m. CDT; updated 9:20 p.m. CDT, Saturday, July 24, 2010
Robert Geiser, 2009 American Taekwondo Association sparring world champion, trains at Rob Howard’s ATA Blackbelt Acadamy, which is hosting the martial arts portion of the Show-Me State Games on Saturday. Geiser has been training for this tournament like he trains for most, practicing for 45 minutes almost every night.

Robert Geiser, 2009 American Taekwondo Association sparring world champion, trains at Rob Howard’s ATA Blackbelt Acadamy, which is hosting the martial arts portion of the Show-Me State Games on Saturday. Geiser has been training for this tournament like he trains for most, practicing for 45 minutes almost every night.

 

Joan Cather, fourth-degree black belt, performs during the form category of the Show-Me State Games martial arts tournament. A majority of the competitors came from different American Taekwondo Association schools. "ATA is a family, no matter where you go," Cather said.
Tiger Cubbie Dominic Pendino, 2, shows his stuff at the Show-Me State Games martial arts tournament.
Third-degree black belt Corbin Howard, 13, performs in the weapons portion of the Show-Me State Games. There are three categories in the martial arts tournament: form, weapons and sparring. Corbin took first place in the weapons portion of his age group.
Robert Geiser, 2009 American Taekwondo Association sparring world champion, practices the form portion of the Show-Me State Games at Helias High School in Jefferson City on Saturday. After competing, Geiser said: "I feel pretty good. I saw some different styles, but they had the same basics behind them."

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