15th Annual Orlando ICMAC - July 12-14, 2013 -Report
The 15th Annual Orlando ICMAC tournament
held at the Gaylord Palms Resort over the weekend of July 12-14, 2013, had the biggest turnout since 2007. Many divisions were packed with competitors and the overall skill level was quite high.
Over 950 competitors from throughout the US, Canada, and several other countries took part in this year's championship. We had over 100 different schools participate in the event.
We want to recognize all the Special Guests, Judges and Sifus who took part in or supported the event. Names appear in alphabetical order.
VIPS: Hesheng Bao, Pui Chan, Jincai Cheng, Kong Cheng, Ray Hildreth, Stanley Jue, Alex Kwok, Hoy Lee, Johnny Lee, Luo Li, Li Siu-Hung, Shawn Liu, Xiaoling Liu, Chi Hung Marr, Justin Meehan, Cory Schafer, Leung Shum, Dave Sklar, Sun Deyao, Rengang Wang, Chienli Wu, Ernie Wu, Yang Fukui, Junyi Yang, Hui-Ying Yao
JUDGES: Brian Ahern, Michael Aronson, Jeff Bordelon, Rick Brenton, David Carr, Erick Cintron, Richard Cummings, Demitri Daniels, Don Dean, Dennis Dereje, Chris Facente, John Graham, Jian Jun Han, Jian Ming Han, Chris Heintzman, Wenze Hu, David Kirn, Moe Lamvichit, Lin Li, Alex Liu, Harry Lo, Marilyn Mackey, Bob Messinger, Guillermo Morris, Jina Mullett, Paul O’Shea, Daniel Ostrow, Steve Ottoviano, Rick Panico, Marlon Pilossoph, Eric Randolph, Henry Regalado, Benjamin Roman, Dan Schmidt, Tess Schwartz, Robert Sedgwick, David Slaughter, Mark Small, Jim Smyer, Sarah Sponzo, Leng Tang, Bob Waers, John Wai, Zhenshen Wang, Sam Winters, Osei Xavier, Vital Yarashevich, Zhou Xiaoying.
SIFUS WHO SENT COMPETITORS TO THE EVENT: Armando Acevedo, Travis Alschbach, Leroy Alsup, Kent Bazard, Ellis Beam, Clarence Burris, Le Ha Chan, Mimi Chan, Jin Chen, Tingjian Chen, Jeff Chow, David Christophy, Richard Curtis, Virgil Diaz, Chris Didyk, Christina Didyk, Sheria Enahora, Paniko Evagorou, Russel Feldman, German Garcia, Shi Xing Hao, Steven Hemphill, Miriam Holland, Jason Horne, Brendan Lee, Lee Feng San, Kam Lee, Andre Lengyel, Evelina Lengyel, Chiu Leun, Lin Dan, Eric Liu, Junhe Liu, Lyu Lopez, Raul Lopez, Charles Macabasco, Eduardo Marin, Sean Marshall, Dale McDine, Alexander Montesino, T. Nee, Olaguibet Negron, Justin Och, Chris Olson, Yvette Phillips, Gary Renza, Frank Roper, Mario Salazar, Tammy Schaefer , Carlos Suarez, Thomas Torres, Tu Truong, John Vanegas, Carlos Collao Vega, Heng Wei, Qishi Wu, Yajun Zhuang, Bisheng Zhu, Lee Yokota, Hasan Yusifkanan.
We want to thank Sifu Li Siu-Hung and the Lee Koon Hung Choy Lay Fut Kung Fu Association for the Lion Dance performance during the Opening Ceremonies.
Special thanks go out to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly over the weekend to set up, help with registrations, time and score keeping and countless other tasks that most people never see. We also want to recognize Joe Wang and his team for picking up and dropping off guests at the airport.
We are already in the planning for the 16th Annual championship which will once again be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort, over the weekend of July 11-13, 2014. We will be expanding the Sanda divisions with Beginner and Advanced divisions for Teens and Adults.
We will be featuring Team and Group Competition on Friday evening, July 11th. This will take place on the stage and Awards and Prize Money will be handed out to the best teams. The Schools Demonstration will also take place at this time and the best performances will receive awards from 1st through 3rd place. The winner will receive a beautiful banner which can be displayed at the school and a $500 prize. Rules, for Team and Group competition will be posted on the website.
Next year, the Orlando Championship will have a Diamond Rating and award 200 Points to all competitors towards the ICMAC North America Rating. This will be a new rating for the ICMAC circuit, one that will be awarded only to tournaments with at least 600 competitors that are hosted over a 3-day weekend and held at a world-class venue.
We will also be adding Shuai Jiao to the tournament as well expand the Wing Chun divisions to include Wooden Dummy competition. Also medals from 1st through 4th place will be awarded to recognize more athletes.
Every school with at least 20 students registered in the competition will receive a custom made school Flag which can be used during the Opening Ceremonies March-in a great way to get your school recognized.
I am humbled by the support I have received over the years. The enthusiasm displayed by all participants serves as a driving force in moving forward and working towards continuing to improve the championship.
With unending gratitude!
14th Annual Orlando ICMAC - July 13-15, 2012 - Report
If the Chinese saying that "One picture is worth a thousand words" is true, then, the pictures that follow speak volumes about the 14th Annual Orlando International Chinese Martial Arts Championship.
We have always known that the Orlando ICMAC Tournament holds a special place in the heart of all the Sifus, Judges and Competitors and we are refocusing our efforts into making this event the centerpiece of the ICMAC Worldwide Circuit.
2012 is the 4th year for the ICMAC circuit but the 14th years for the Orlando Championship. The last few years, to build the circuit, it has been necessary to promote different tournaments in cities throughout the US in order to find the most suitable venues and locations. We now have a good handle on which venues work best for ICMAC and will be scaling down on the number of events in 2013.
I want to thank all the Special Guest and Officials who took part in the 14th Annual Orlando ICMAC, they are listed here in alphabetical order:
Brian Ahern, Jeff Bordelon, Rick Brenton, Priscilla Cavalie, Pui Chan, Betsy Chapman, Erick Cintron, Sean Cochran, Don Dean, Dennis Dereje, Curline Dvorok, Martin Dvorok, Zac Extejt, German Garcia, Sara Gellhorn, Jardena Green, Jianming Han, Jianjun Han, Ray Hildreth, Alex Kwok, Moe Lamvichit, Kam Lee, Gordon Leimbach, Li Siu Hung, Alex Liu, Shawn Liu, Charles Macabasco, Marilyn Mackey, Chi Hung Marr, Justin Meehan, Bob Messinger, Terri Morgan, Paul Mowrey, Jina Mullett, Olaguibet Negron, Paul O’Shea, Jeff Pentz, Chris Philippe, Eric Randolph, Charles Rivera, Milton Rivera, Benjamin Roman, Mike Rowe, Dan Schmidt, Tess Schwartz, David Slaughter, Jim Smyer, Deyao Sun, Leng Tang, Amy Tarrago, Steven Tarrago, Joel Timmons, Bob Waers, John Wai, Hua Jing Wang, Zhenshen Wang, Mark Warner, Glenn Wilson, Rich Galicia-Wilson, Sam Winters, Shi Cun Wu, Osei Xavier, Vital Yarashevich.
I also want to recognize other Sifus who sent competitors to the event:
Eduardo Marin, Alex Molina, John Vanegas, Mario Salazar, Gary Mitchell, David Gallaher, Troy Gonsalves, Miriam Holland, Dossy Lewin, Richard Curtis, Yvette Phillips, Yuen Li Wang, Andrew Finell, Gus Rubio, George Poulos, Henry Su, Tu Truong, Enrico Chin, David Christophy, Sean Marshall, Max Myers, Phuoc Phan, David Kirn, Chris Olson, Garon Wilkinson, Tim Oehler, Mimi Chan, Paula Lazarz, Randy Harper, Chad Angelocci, T. Nee, Michael Rodriguez, Brad Ryan, Gary Renza, Joe Keit, David Simons.
Special thanks go out to Sifu John Wai and his team for the Lion Dance performance.
My unending gratitude goes out to all my students who worked tirelessly in staffing the tournament.
A graceful bow to all the parents who have kept their kids in martial arts during these difficult economic time. I salute you!
With heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all of you.