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Martial arts maestros sparred with competitors at the New York Challenge martial arts tournament on Nov. 9 at Aviator Sports and Events Center.

The fearless fighters fought against challengers of the same rank — and one proud parent said his youngster crushed his competitors.

“It was a pretty quick match for him,” said Canarsie resident Steven Hill, whose son Jacob — a jiu jitsu and taekwondo guru — won a match by seven points. “For six years old, it is not bad.”

The national tournament had several different categories for the martial artists — weapons, forms, sparing, and the demo challenge team. Trophies were given to first, second, and third place champions and medals were given for fourth place.

Hill said the match was a great way for his son — a blue belt — to prepare for even more tournaments and victories.

“We’re just getting him acclimated for the tournaments,” he said. “His older brother is a black belt — and he is following in his foot steps.”

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at or by calling (718) 260–4507. Follow her
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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