November 12 & 13

The Fonseca Cup has returned for 2022.

Come to Chicago for two days of action-packed competition, using both AAU and WKF rules.

The Fonseca Cup has drawn in competitors from the Chicagoland area, as well as top competitors from all over the world, including El Salvador, Venezuela, Albania, Senegal, the Dominican Republic, and Canada. Our goal is to provide an efficient and professionally run event for competitors of all ages and skill levels, from beginner to elite.

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Date & Time

Saturday November 12 &
Sunday, November 13, 2022
All Day

Saturday begins 10:00 am
AAU Rules
Beginner – Advanced Divisions
Doors at 9:00

Sunday begins 9:00 am
WKF Rules
Little Dragons, KIAI, Kick Out PD
Advanced and Elite Divisions
Doors at 8:00 am


Robert Crown Community Center
1801 Main St.
Evanston, IL


Karate Tots & Little Dragons

$60 for both kihon & kumite

$40 for one event

Beginner – Advanced

$100 for both kata & kumite (ages 5+)

$65 for one event (ages 5+) or Rotational Team

Elite Divisions

$100 per event



Kick Out PD


Spectator Pass (age 13+, kids are free)


Coaching Pass


proposed schedule

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Schedule is an approximation, please check Uventex closer to the tournament for updated times. Fonseca Martial Arts reserves the right to change times and divisions at any point based on registration numbers. Competitors should arrive at least 30 minutes before their division is set to begin.


There are many hotel options in the city of Evanston and surrounding areas. We suggest the following hotels for convenience to the tournament.

We have arranged room blocks at a special rate for all of these hotels.

Hilton Garden Inn, Evanston • $179 • Group Code: FCUB • Deadline: October 13

Holiday Inn, Evanston • $135 • Group code: FMA • Deadline: October 10

Hyatt House, Evanston • $189-209 • Group code: Fonseca Martial Arts Tournament • Deadline: October 17

Double Tree North Shore • $119 • No group code, just click link • Deadline: October 25


What is the refund policy?

If you cannot make the tournament, please write a message to [email protected] no later than 15 days before the event and we will issue a refund. If it is within 15 days of the event, we will only be able to issue a credit for a future event.

My child is 5 or 6, should I register them for Saturday or Sunday?

If you are an FMA student, and your child is 5 or 6, chances are that they are a Little Dragon. Little Dragons Divisions will take place on Sunday. Don’t know how to tell if your child is a Little Dragon? Check their belt. It will be white on the outside with a colored stripe in the middle (unless they are a white belt). Another way to tell is by asking your dojo manager, or looking at your registration for past classes. If your class name says “Little Dragons”, you know what to do!

If your child is 5 or 6 and does not belong to FMA, or has been moved up to beginner classes at FMA due to skill or experience, then you would register for the Saturday “non-Little Dragons” divisions.

What time should I arrive?

Division times are approximate, as there are many variables that can change a tournament’s schedule. Please keep an eye on for your updated division time. Try to arrive no later than 30 minutes before your division is set to begin.

What do I need to bring or wear?

Please see page 5 of the official bulletin for the full list of required equipment for each division.

What if I don’t know what divisions to enter?

Divisions will be shown to you based on the information you fill out during registration (age, belt level, etc). Most competitors register for both a kata (or kihon) and a kumite division. As competitors advance in the ranks, some will choose to specialize in either kata or kumite. The smartest thing to do is talk to your competitor and your sensei about the best course of action!

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