The 2010 Arnold Martial Arts Festival hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, saw Reuben Bean secure 3 Gold Medals in Columbus, Ohio. Over 18,000 athletes competed in 44 different sporting categories, the expo is the largest sporting festival in the western hemisphere and attracted hundreds of thousands of spectators to a show of dazzling athletic abilities and feats.
The Arnold Martial Arts Festival showcased youth and adult competitors in the Olympic sports of Judo and Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Kung Fu as well as seven other martial disciplines. The festival was organized by martial arts legend Tokey Hill, an internationally recognized martial arts coach, six-time National Karate Champion and the first American to ever win the World Karate Federation (WKF) World Championships.
Bean competed in the Arnold Martial Arts Festival in the Traditional Karate, Traditional Kobujutsu (weapons) and Traditional Kung Fu divisions. After arriving to the tournament Convention Centre at 8 a.m., Bean patiently endured over nine hours of waiting to grace the tatami (mat) and display his skills, his patience and focused determination were not in vain as he dominated three highly competitive divisions. Bean promised Hill the night before the tournament that he was prepared for the event and that he intended to medal in his divisions. After enduring stiff competition from respected international competitors he finished the tournament securing a gold medal in traditional karate kata (pre-arranged forms), traditional weapons and Wing Chun form.
“I’m very pleased with my performance this weekend,” said Bean. “I was well prepared for this tournament physically and technically and it was a good measuring stick for evaluating where I currently stand internationally. My intention is to further compete in a number of additional quality WKF events in preparation for the WKF 20th World Senior Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, October 28-31, 2010.
“I now know exactly what I must add to my training regime to maintain and enhance my level of execution on the world stage,” concluded Bean.
Also taking part at the 2010 Arnold Martial Arts Festival was boxer Nikki Bascome and san shou fighter Reyel Bowen competed at the Arnold Classic. I`ll provide you with a few details.
Bascome captured gold at Arnold Classic, the talented 19-year old Bermudian boxer captured a gold medal at the Arnold USA Boxing Championships in the 152 lbs Novice Men`s division. Bascome, who trains out of Rego`s Boxing Gym won both of his tightly contested matches via split decision winning his first match, before fighting for the gold.
Bowen of the Bermuda Sanshou Association took silver in the san shou category of the Arnold Martial Arts Festival. Bowen won his first match convincingly and narrowly missed out on a win in his second match to settle for the silver.