Martial artists compete at Northeast Open

Three martial artists represented PazzagliaÕs Kenpo Karate at the Northeast Open in Albany. Pictured, from left, are Joe Pazzaglia, Mia Pazzaglia and Mary Hallett. (Photo submitted)

ALBANY — Recently members of Pazzaglia’s Kenpo Karate competed in the Northeast Open Martial Arts tournament at the Capital Center.

This was the 12th anniversary of the event, which is one of the largest open tournaments in the capital region.

“Although we were unable to have more of our students available to compete in this years event, I am extremely pleased and proud of those who were able to attend this year,” Pazzaglia’s Kenpo Karate owner and chief instructor Joe Pazzaglia said in a news release.

Mary Hallett, Mia Pazzaglia and Joe Pazzaglia competed for Pazzaglia’s Kenpo Karate at the event.

Hallett, who is 45 and a third-degree black belt. She competed in the 30-and-over division in both fighting and creative forms.

Hallett was third in fighting and first in creative forms.

Hallett is a full-time nurse, martial artist and avid runner.

Mia Pazzaglia is a junior purple belt and competed in the 8- to 10-year-old division for self defense, traditional forms and fighting.

Mia Pazzaglia is only 8 years old and this was only her second time competing. Her first competition was when she was 4 years old. She was third in fighting and first in self-defense.

Joe Pazzaglia, who is 49 years old, competed in fighting in the 30-and-over division.

Joe Pazzaglia fought several times qualify and finished second overall.

“I could not be more happy and proud of our students as an instructor and father,” Joe Pazzaglia said in a news release. “It brings me great pleasure and pride to see our students perform like this under such tremendous pressure. Their performance overall is a direct reflection of their preparation, their character, the instruction and the training they receive in the school and the standards we maintain. As an instructor, I have always stressed the importance of tournaments and seminars to our students and although it is always nice to walk away with a trophy we place a far greater emphasis on the experience we walk away with and how it can only enhance what we think we already know.”

Pazzaglia’s Kenpo Karate is located at 81 Briggs Johnstown.

Pazzaglia’s Kenpo Karate will be providing an eight-week accelerated martial arts program in September. No experience is necessary and the program is open to men and women ages 14 and older.

Pazzaglia’s also will offer a women’s self defense and empowerment course in October.

For more information on programs, seminars or classes, call us at (518) 775-0695 or visit Pazzaglia’s Kenpo Karate on Facebook.