The Brentwood Police Activities League (PAL) Tigers Challenge, hosted by Twin Tigers Academy of Self-Defense, will bring Bay Area martial arts schools to East County to help the PD’s nonprofit organization. PAL works to create a positive relationship between kids and cops, providing alternatives to a life of crime by facilitating sports such as bowling and golf. Brentwood PD Officer Roger Wilson, who heads up Brentwood’s PAL, has been instrumental in making the Tigers Challenge a possibility.
The tournament is slated for Saturday, April 28 at Liberty High School, 850 Second St. Registration starts at 8 a.m. The first-timers’ tournament starts at 9:30 a.m. and the main event kicks off at 10 a.m. Participants can also register at www.active.com. Tickets are $5 for adults and kids older than 5. Admission is free for seniors over 65 and kids 5 or under.
The Tiger Challenge will feature several styles of self defense – karate, kung fu and kickboxing – and is open to everyone, from first-timers to experienced young competitors. Heber “Bear” Carrillo, owner of Twin Tigers, brainstormed the idea and brought it to PAL a few months ago.
The response has been enthusiastic. So far, schools from Santa Clara, Sacramento, San Leandro, Hayward and Walnut Creek, as well as Pittsburg, Antioch and Brentwood, have signed up to participate. Carrillo is hoping the event does more than introduce kids to martial arts. He’d like to see youngsters catch a glimpse of the importance of community service.
“I wanted to do something for the community and I wanted to help PAL with their program,” Carrillo said. “I haven’t done (a tournament) for about 15 years, so I brought it up to PAL about doing a fundraiser.”
Carrillo is hoping this first event will become an annual tournament.
For more information, call Carrillo at 925-513-7591.