After spending a lot of time working with the Capital Center, and the local school owners, to best understand what our options are and what the local martial arts community's thoughts are on having this years event, our conclusion, very sadly, is that an in person event like we are used to, just is not feasible this year due to Covid19. We are all very disappointed.

That being said, we are trying to make the most of the situation, and we all know that we cannot go a full year without seeing all of our NEO friends and family. So the NEO Planning Committee is working very hard on a virtual concept that will combine both virtual competition as well as opportunities to connect and showcase with our NEO family.

Please hold the original date of Saturday August 8th - and read more informationbelow about how we will be celebrating NEO on that day!

2020 Virtual North East Open Plan

The 2020 NEO will take place on Saturday August 8th starting at 8am, LIVE on both Youtube & Facebook!

This year's Virtual NEO will be a celebration of our rich 14 year history! Focusing on the many great memories and relationships that have been created! The full day showcase will include; historical footage, YOUR submitted videos, Black Belt Forms & Weapons competition, USBA/WBA Online Competition Highlights, guest Master speakers & more!!!

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Submit your 2020 Virtual North East Open Video

New for 2018!

  • Friday Night Show
  • More info coming soon!

What's was New in 2017

  • New Venue - More Rings - Shorter Day
  • After ten great years and stupendous growth thanks to your support, we are very excited to be moving the NEO to a brand new, much larger home! The just opened Albany Capital Center will offer the NEO a 3x larger competition space, allowing us to run more rings, more competitors simultaneously, and ultimately deliver a SHORTER DAY for everyone! Not to mention the new building is beautiful and state of the art!
  • Larger Rings
  • With the larger space will come both larger competition rings and a larger stage!
  • New Website
  • With the new venue, new decade also comes a brand new updated website. Please check out for all of the information you need for this years events, plus lots of great historical information about the event and previous champions!
  • New Breaking Team Event
  • The NEO will be the first competition to offer the USBA/WBA’s brand new event, Team Creative Multi-Directional Breaking. Allowing a pair of competitors to perform a breaking routine together and compete against other duos. Check out the rules for more info!
  • Demonstration Team Competition
  • Due to the new venue and larger stage size, the Demo Teams may now consist of up to 20 team members/performers.
  • Demo Segment is Back!
  • Those of you who attended the North East Open years ago will remember we used to have a very special segment that started as a Mid-Day Demonstration Break and evolved into a Night Show. The purpose of this great part of the NEO was to showcase styles and aspects of traditional martial arts that couldn't otherwise be featured in competition, as well as feature very special Masters and Grandmasters. This segment unfortunately disappeared a few years ago due to time constraints. With the new venue, and much shorter expected competition day, we are very excited to bring back the Demonstrations to the NEO!
  • Mazzone Hospitality Food
  • With the new venue brings new opportunities for our attendees. The Albany Capital Center is served exclusively by Mazzone Hospitality, which means that we will have much more and better quality food available on site for our competitors and spectators throughout the day.
  • Pre-Taping Power Wood Board Divisions
  • This is actually not new this year, but started last year, but we want to make sure everyone knows. All competitors competing in Power Board Breaking, are now, per USBA/WBA rules required to pre-stack your boards before your event starts. This helps make the division and competition go a lost faster and will also help us create the shorter day we are striving for. Carpenter Pencils and Masking tape will be available when you pick up your boards, however, you are also allowed to bring your own carpenter pencils and masking tape as long as the Carpenter pencils are standard.

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