The 5th Annual FLORIDA GATEWAY CHALLENGE Open Martial Arts Tournament is scheduled for June 10, 2017, at Hopeful Baptist Church.

Florida Gateway Challenge 2017

The 2017 event is a Heroes Event, dedicated to veterans, active duty military, and first responders. Hosted and promoted by Sensei Laura Lindboe and Academy of Martial Arts, Lake City, Florida. The FLORIDA GATEWAY CHALLENGE Open Martial Arts Tournament is now a NASKA 2A Rated Event. We are also affiliated with ISKA and MAC Circuit.


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Competitor Registration

In an effort to improve the tournament, this year we are using UVENTEX for all registrations.  They will be charging a $7.00 convenience fee to cover their costs, but when you get to the event, you will be more than pleased with the upgrades provided by this service.  When you click below, you will be taken to the UVENTEX site to set up an account.  Upon registering, you will be given your ring assignment and you can log in at the event to view approximate times for your divisions.

Tournament Location

This year’s tournament will be held in the gym located at Hopeful Baptist Church in Lake City, Florida. Hopeful Baptist Church is located just 3.5 miles off of US 441.


The following are host hotels and have set aside a block of rooms for the tournament and are offering discounts as noted.  These rooms are only available as designated for the event until May 26, 2017 at 11:59 PM.  You will need to call the hotel directly and tell them you are a part of the Florida Gateway Challenge group.

Comfort Suites


15% off upper mid-scale level hotel.  Interior corridor with breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi, all suites rooms with micro and fridge, fitness center, business center, etc. 48 hours prior to arrival date by 6pm cancellation policy without penalty.

Days Inn


10% off economy level hotel with exterior corridor and continental breakfast, free Wi-Fi, etc. 24 hours prior to arrival date by 4pm cancellation policy without penalty

Also available:

1. Country Inn and Suites
Offering a 10% discount to participants for room reservations June 9th weekend 386-754-5944
2. Hampton Inn and Suites
No discount offered for room reservations 386-487-0580
3. Days Inn I-75
Offering $71.10 discounted rate to participants for room reservations June 9th weekend 386-752-9350
4. Home2 Suites by Hilton
Offering 10% discount to participants for room reservations 386-487-9890
*Each hotel that is offering a discount, will do so from now until 3 weeks prior to event –May 19th is the cutoff or if availability is low the cutoff will be before then May 19th (depends on each hotel).  *Guests must call hotel that they want to reserve at and refer to “Florida Gateway Challenge Tournament” to receive discounted rate. *Individual cancellation deadline is 48 hours prior to arrival date to avoid one night penalty charge. 

Thank you 2017 Sponsors!

We like to thank those who have blessed us with sponsorships so far. Presenting Sponsors: CBI Unlimited; North Central Florida Advertiser; Power Country 102.1FM Sponsors: Southern Fire Pits; Kilgore’s Repair Shop; Jason Clark Knife Maker; Richardson Paint & Supply; Office Depot / Office Max; Save A Lot Food Stores; Friendly Company; State Farm John A. Kasak; Ronsonet Buick / GMC; Vann Carpet One Floor & Home; Buttman’s Catering & Seasoning; Core Civic Lake City Correctional Facility; Thirty One Independent Consultant.

Contact Us

Need assistance with registration or have questions about classes, travel, or rules? We are more than happy to help. Just leave us a comment in the box, or give us a call at the phone number below 8-6 Monday – Saturday.