16th Annual Orlando ICMAC - July 11-13, 2014
Dear Masters, Sifus and Coaches,
I am delighted to extend to you and your students a warm invitation to participate in the 16th Annual International Chinese Martial Arts Championship, which will once again be held at the Gaylord Palms Resort, over the weekend of July 11-13, 2014, in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Recognized as one of the premier Chinese martial arts tournaments in the world, we are expecting a great turnout and increased participation from foreign teams. This year, the Orlando Championship will have a Diamond Rating and award 200 Points to all competitors towards the ICMAC Top Ten Rating.
The competition will start on Friday at 7:00 pm with the Top Team Challenge, which will take place on the stage. This is your chance to showcase your school and win the prestigious ICMAC 2014 Top Team Banner and Cup, which you can display at your school, and a $500.00 Prize! This is sure to be a huge hit and we encourage all schools to rise to the challenge.
Each team entry is $100.00. Teams will be presented and recognized with a Team Name and the school they represent (e.g., The Storm Team from Kung Fu Academy).
Each Team must have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 8 students take part in the competition. A minimum of 3 minutes and a maximum of 5 minutes will be allowed for each school performance. There are no restrictions regarding the performance of empty hands or weapons as long as these belong to Chinese styles. Breaking of any kind is not permitted and all performances must be set to music.
The Top Team Challenge will be your chance to demonstrate your students' skills at the tournament. Schools will not be able to perform in the Masters Showcase on Saturday evening. Because of time restraints, the Showcase will be reserved for Masters and Sifus. We ask for your understanding as there will be no exceptions.
We are not resting on our laurels but continue to strive to bring you a better and more exciting event each year; here is what to look forward to:
- $500.00 to Most Supportive School
- $500.00 Top Team Challenge
- 24 Grand Champion Cups
- Helen Gee Chin Foundation $1000 Prize (See Grand Champion page for details)
- 8 Sanda World Championship Belts
- Sanda for Adults Beginner & Advanced
- Sanda division for Teens
- 6 Push-Hand Championship Belts
- Wing Chun divisions to include Wooden Dummy competition
- Medals from 1st through 4th place to recognize more athletes
- Seminars with leading Masters
- Exhilarating Masters Showcase
- Sanda Finals (Full Contact Fights)
- Participation medals to all Kids 12 and under
We have negotiated a great rate for our attendees at the Gaylord Palms Resort of $143.00 for Single or Double occupancy. All guests that stay at the Gaylord Palms will have in and out parking privileges; others will be charged $10.00 each time you will leave the premises. For convenience and value we strongly urge you to stay at and enjoy the resort. Last year we sold out our room block early so book your room before June 11, 2014 to guarantee the discounted ICMAC group rate (regular rates are considerably higher).
Participants are already booking rooms and you may make your reservation on the following link: Click Here to book your room at the Gaylord Palms Resort!
We are happy to announce that tournament participants can take advantage of advance purchase of specially priced Disney Meeting/Convention Theme Parks tickets. Click the following link to get your tickets http://www.mydisneymeetings.com/icmac14/ . Advanced purchases must be made by July 9, 2014.
Come and join us the weekend of July 11-13, 2014 and be a part of this Premier Chinese Martial Arts Championship. Come early and stay after to make it a family vacation, participate in the tournament and enjoy all of the world famous Orlando attractions.
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.
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.