Tournament Geekery

This post combines a couple of my passions, martial arts and technology. This week my family is in Philadelphia for the Amerikick Internationals martial arts tournament.  Many of these martial arts tournaments are so far behind in technology, using paper to track competitions, scores, and places.  There are some new circuits developing more systems using actual machines to keep track of scores, but the big circuits simply haven’t gotten around to it yet.

One of the things I like about this tournament is that they use the Uventex registration system which ties into the whole tournament and is used from registration time to competition time. This system tracks competititors and their scores and at judging time, the results are displayed on screens.  It is nice to see some advancements such as these in a sport that has been around for such a long time.