Cold Steel Challenge 2010 Recap

Cold Steel, Inc. of Ventura, California is known around the world as the leader in hard-use knives and tools for outdoor, utility, military, law enforcement, and martial arts.

On September 25th, 2010, Cold Steel hosted its 6th Annual COLD STEEL CHALLENGE international weapons fighting competition. It is a celebration of the warrior lifestyle. It's a place where our friends and customers can get together to fight in a controlled, respectful, and friendly environment.

This year's event was a rousing success. Competitors came in from as far away as Belgium, Hungary, and England, as well as from all over the United States. One of the international competitors, Andy Smith from Great Britain, participated in the event as the final chapter of a documentary film, "Is It 'Cos I'm Fat?" chronicling his nine month journey from "couch potato" to competing in the ring with some of the best martial artists in the world. Andy participated in all four fighting events.

G4 Television Network was also in attendance. Host Weston Scott not only visited the event, but also participated in the knife and stick fighting divisions. An extensive segment was filmed for the very popular "Attack of the Show" program for future broadcast on G4.

More than 125 competitors filled the rosters for the weapons fighting divisions:

  • Knife Fighting
  • Stick Fighting
  • Sword Fighting
  • Spear Fighting

The action was fast and furious, and the skill and talent of the fighter pool was some of the best Cold Steel has seen. Not only were these fighters highly trained and tremendously skilled, but also showed some of the finest demeanor, humility, courage, and sportsmanship to be found in any martial arts event. They represented the finest that fight-sports and self-defense training has to offer. Cold Steel, and company president Lynn C. Thompson was proud to host such a fine group of gentlemen and ladies in the martial spirit for which the company has become famous.

Dozens of competitors also tried their hand at the non-combat events, which included:

  • Knife Throwing
  • Tomahawk Throwing
  • Spear Throwing
  • Shovel Throwing (Spetsnaz)

This year, Cold Steel altered its rules to match the International Knife Throwing Hall of Fame (IKTHOF) rules and regulations, and the event was sanctioned this year by IKTHOF. The change in the rules made the competition more exciting and brought in new competitors from IKTHOF.

Cold Steel and Lynn Thompson would like to thank all the competitors and spectators for their participation in this year's event. Cold Steel would also like to thank all the judges and referees that always help to make the COLD STEEL CHALLENGE the success it is. Every year, the event gets better and better, and this is due in no small part to the caliber of judge and referee brought in to work the event. These men are gleaned from all over the country, and many different martial arts disciplines, but are always committed to making this event one of the best run in amateur martial arts competition.

Two very special presentations were also made at the COLD STEEL CHALLENGE this year. First, company president Lynn C. Thompson was presented with the degree and title of "Master at Arms", as recognized by some of the best martial artists and firearms experts in the world; specializing in empty hand, grappling, edged weapons, blunt weapons, hand-held missiles, and firearms. This honor was presented in recognition of more than 3 decades of Mr. Thompson's dedication and expertise in many martial disciplines, as well as his commitment to the "Warrior Lifestyle" for both himself, and his company.

Second, Robert Vaughn was presented with a brand new fully loaded 2011 Chevy Camaro SS, in recognition of his 20 years of dedication to Cold Steel, as a manager and product design specialist.

Cold Steel continues to forge ahead with plans for next year's event, planning to make it an even bigger, wider ranging event than ever before.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Cold Steel at 805-650-8481..

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