Open World Tour Debut
- Updated: July 27, 2014
The Open World Tour combines the best open sport martial arts events around the world and provides a platform for the best professional athletes to compete head-to-head. The Tour 2014-15 begins in August, 2014 and culminates in the Open World Tour Championships and World Title competition at the U.S. Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships July 3-4, 2015. The finest events from around the world participate in the Open World Tour with the 2014-15 season beginning in August with the U.S. Capitol Classics & China Open in Washington, D.C. the weekend of August 1-2, 2014. Competitors will be treated to an amazing venue at the U.S. Capitol Classics along with competition that was dominated by top sport karate's Team Impex in fighting and Team Paul Mitchell and forms and weapons in 2013. In 2013, Team Impex's Jadi Tention went home with the men's fighting grand championship with his team taking the men's team sparring title. Caitlin Dechelle of Team Paul Mitchell dominated in the women's divisions while teammates Jackson Rudolph and Kyle Montagna won synchronized weapons and Rudolph also took a title in youth weapons. The Austins, Austin Crain and Austin Jorgensen both of Team Paul Mitchell won the men's forms and men's weapons titles. 2014 is a new year with new faces and new adults. Tyler Weaver of Team Paul Mitchell is expected to keep everyone on their toes at the 2014 event. Following the Washington, DC event, the Tour moves south of the border to the Mexican Open in Acapulco, Mexico the weekend of August 29-30, 2014. With the event overlooking the Pacific Ocean, participants will experience the beauty of Mexico along with the fierce competition from the Latino competitors. In 2013, Jack Felton of Team All Stars was the overall men's fighting winner and Chelsey Nash of Canada was the top woman fighter. Miguel Delgadillo was the men's creative form champion with the always steady Daniela Barrientos winning the traditional title. Competitors will also be battling for supremacy in South Africa at the Destiny Open competition in Cape Town on August 30-31, 2014. With the split event weekend, competitors will be strategizing as to which event to attend in order to best secure ratings points for the rest of the season. The Tour returns to the United States in October with the coveted Diamond Nationals in Minneapolis, Minnesota the weekend of October 10-11, 2014. In 2013, Jackson Rudolph of Team Paul Mitchell secured another youth weapons title but his duo synchronized weapons routine was toppled by two of the three Presley brothers - Cole and Reid - and their quadruple bo routine. Caitlin Dechelle won two diamond ring awards for the evening in women's weapons and forms last year. In 2013, Team All Stars was out in full force and dominated in men's team sparring but Team Paul Mitchell's Zsolt Moradi of Hungary prevailed in men's sparring to be the first European to win a diamond ring. Later in October, the Australian Open in Melbourne will pit the best of the Tour against each other the weekend of October 17-20, 2014. Competitors get a rest and then competition starts up again in January with the AKA Grand Nationals in Chicago, Illinois the weekend of January 16-17, 2015. Chicago is the stomping ground of the formidable Team AKA and the top performance competitors will be at this event in full force. In 2014, the event was historic as top woman fighter Morgan Plowden was able to repeat her father and coach's footsteps by winning the women's sparring title and bring home a Warrior Cup to match her father's. Team Impex also won the men's team sparring title and Ross Levine of Impex won the men's sparring title and his 8th Warrior Cup in his lifetime. In 2014, the Presley brothers of Jake, Cole and Reid represented Team AKA well. Jake Presley defeated his mentor Jackson Rudolph of Team Paul Mitchell to win the overall youth weapons Warrior Cup. Reid Presley competed for the first time as an adult and won the adult weapons title while Michael Guthrie of Team Amerikick made it into the spotlight with this first overall title in men's forms. February treats competitors to the warmth and fun of Los Angeles, California with the Compete International Martial Arts Championships the weekend of February 20-22, 2015. In 2014, Team Paul Mitchell's Tyler Weaver was the headline for this event as he competed for the first time in adult divisions and won his first two eliminations. At the prior year's event, it was Jacob Ellis of Team AKA with the men's forms title - his first ever. Jake Presley of Team AKA was the younger youth weapons winner while Jackson Rudolph was the teen youth weapons winner at the event. Team All Stars' Jack Felton was the men's fighting winner with his team taking the men's team sparring title. Caitlin Dechelle was a double winner in forms and weapons again and Reid Presley won his second overall weapons title in row with his double bo routine. The Tour goes overseas in March to the Irish Open in Dublin, Ireland, March 5-8, 2015. The Irish Open is Europe's largest open sport karate event and the quality of competition amazing. Team Kiraly of Hungary trains to win when it comes to open sport sparring and the group of young fighters was successful with a win in the men's team sparring competition at the 2014 event. Top Ten Europe's women from the United Kingdom won women's teams. In the coveted open weight fighting competition during the 2014 competition, Raymond Daniels smashed through Hungary's Richard Veres and then his own teammate Jack Felton to take the win for the men. Luisa Guillotti of Italy handed Canadian Chelsey Nash a heartbreaking defeat as Guillotti won the women's open weight title. Later in March, 2015, the Tour moves to the United States with the Amerikick Internationals in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 20-21, 2015. The 2014 event was all about family as the sibling duo of Morgan and Avery Plowden won the women's and men's overall sparring titles. Kieran Tamondong was the younger youth winner in forms and Sammy Smith was the overall winner in teen forms and weapons after returning to competition from a foot injury at Competes earlier in the year. In 2014, Becca Ross cleaned up with wins in both women's forms and weapons. Michael Guthrie took another overall men's forms grand championship while Vincent Scarduzio of Team Amerikick was the overall men's weapons winner. In April, 2015, the Tour moves north to Canada with the Quebec Open in Quebec City, April 24-25, 2015. The Quebec Open boasts one of the best night shows of any event and the Canadian crowd loves open sport karate. In 2014, Team Paul Mitchell's Mackensi Emory and Tyler Weaver were the synchronized forms winners. Jake Presley and Jackson Rudolph were once again the junior and teen weapons champions. Stephen Grasz brought traditional to the forefront with the win in men's forms while Kieran Tamondong and his traditional routine was the junior forms winner. Becca Ross took the win in women's weapons and it was Reid Presley for a third men's weapons title. Gina Thornton of Team Velocity was the women's fighting champion while Canadian Jason Grenier of Team Impex was the men's champion. May, 2015 will be an exciting month in Europe with the Dutch Open in Amsterdam the coming May 17, 2015. This event is well-organized and full of the best talent from Europe and abroad. The Austrian Classic will also take place in May in Innsbrook, Austria. An incredible atmosphere and setting will greet competitors at this event. The resort town of Rimini, Italy will play host to the BestFighter Open the weekend of June 4-7, 2015 to start off the summer. The Russian competitors were stand outs in forms and weapons competition in 2014. Veronika Dambrovskaya impressed and won in her forms and weapons divisions. In fighting, Zsolt Moradi of Hungary was the overall winner in men's fighting while Greece finally took the stage with the overall women's win by Evita Viltanioti. Over 40 countries were represented at BestFighter 2014. Competitors will have one last chance in June, 2015 to finalize their standings before the Open World Tour World Championships in July. The Battle of Atlanta will happen in Atlanta, Georgia June 19-20, 2015. The 2014 Battle of Atlanta drew some of the best fighting match-ups and performances in 2014. The overall men's fighting winner was none-other-than Raymond Daniels of Team All Stars his female counterpart Chelsey Nash was the women's winner. Hot off his success in the full-contact GLORY series, Daniels came back to his sport karate roots to show his fans that he can still dominate. Michael Guthrie proved his dominance with a another men's forms title. Jake Presley and Jackson Rudolph again took the junior and teen weapons titles with Jacob Pinto again winning in teen forms. Caitlin Dechelle was back with wins in both women's weapons and forms while Tyler Weaver stepped it up to take the men's weapons title over Reid Presley. In July, 2015, the Open World Tour 2014-15 season will end the weekend of July 3-4, 2015 in Disneyworld, Florida at the U.S. Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships where the Open World Tour world championship titles will be on the line. Performances from the thirteen prior Open World Tour events and last year's U.S. Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships will determine seeding at the 2015 World Championships. Everything will be on the line including the opportunity to perform live on ESPN2 at the World Championship event in Disneyworld. In 2014, unbelievable performances were witnessed. Jacob Pinto stepped it up to overcome Jackson Rudolph in the teen boys weapons competition but Jake Presley held his own to win for the juniors in weapons. Jacob Pinto also won in forms. Tyler Weaver stunned his competition with the win in men's weapons while Michael Guthrie held his status with the men's forms win. Tyler Weaver took a second world champion title with Mackensi Emory in the synchronized forms competition. The Presley brothers brought him an additional title with Cole and Reid winning the synchronized weapons championship. Team Infinity was unstoppable as the demo team world champions for the third year in a row. Chelsey Nash took the women's fighting title while Jamal Albini of Team All Stars shocked the top players by defeating Raymond Daniels and Richard Veres of Hungary to win the men's sparring title. Caitlin Dechelle did what she does best winning three World Champion titles in forms and weapons during the show. Watch the Open World Tour championships live on ESPN2 and ESPN3 on July 4, 2015 and stay tuned for all the news and excitement from the 2014-15 season!