National Karate Championships return to the Taylor Sportsplex on October 16

The Spirit of Detroit National Karate Championships return to the Taylor Sportsplex starting at 9:30 a.m. and running all day on Saturday, October 16.

There will be martial arts competition among hundreds of boys, girls, men, women and teams -- including competitors from Taylor, all over Michigan, other states and Canada. Events will include sparring, weapons and forms. All fights for first and second place will take place in a ring.

Prizes include eight-foot grand championship trophies, medals and cash for certain categories.

The National Karate Championships are part of the Great Lakes Karate Circuit. The event is expected to attract well over 1,500 participants and spectators to the City of Taylor.

For more information, visit www.yellowtigerskarate.com, send e-mail to yellowtigersinc@yahoo.com or call (313) 363-4338.

City honors karate championships organizer

Grandmaster Delford Fort, who operates the Yellow Tigers School of Martial Arts and organizes the Spirit of Detroit Karate Championships, has been honored by elected officials in the City of Taylor. Mayor Jeffrey P. Lamarand presented a proclamation to Fort at the September 21 City Council meeting.

The proclamation says Fort learned martial arts at an early age in Detroit at the insistence of his mother, who wanted something to keep him off the streets while teaching hm self-discipline. Fort earned a black belt at an early age and went on to become a police officer. He continued studying martial arts and won more than 100 grand championships and more than 400 trophies.

Fort transformed his mother's Westside Detroit basement into a training facility more than three decades ago and began sharing his knowledge to keep his friends out of gangs and from selling drugs. His organization grew into Yellow Tigers, now one of the oldest karate schools in Detroit with programs that have exposed hundreds of students to intensive self-defense and other beneficial programs.

Of course, Yellow Tigers became the creative force behind the National Karate Championships. In 1008, Fort moved the event to the Taylor Sportsplex, where it has flourished and grown.

The proclamation praised Fort "on making a difference in the lives of so many through his knowledge of the martial arts." The elected officials thanked Fort for bringing the national championships to Taylor and urged residents to support the event.

Taylor Mayor Jeffrey P. Lamarand accepts an honorary black belt from Yellow Tigers Grandmaster Delford Fort
(right) and Grandmaster Darryl Brown during a September 21 City Council meeting. Mayor Lamarand presented
a proclamation to Grandmaster Fort praising him for making a difference in the lives of so many through martial
arts and thanking him for bringing the Spirit of Detroit National Karate Championships to Taylor.