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Martial - Tiger Claw
SPRING 2007
Editor: Jennifer Oh | Art Director: Marc Arsenault
Contributors: Marcus Callis, L. Ashley Susong
Gene Ching & Gigi Oh | Tiger Claw CEO: Thomas Oh
Martial Arts Life, Business & Tournament News Quarterly
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GM Dennis Brown Receives Special
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On Saturday, October 21, 2006, Maryland Governor
Bob Erlich recognized Grandmaster Dennis Brown
and the Dennis Brown Shaolin Wu-Shu Training
Center After School Program for their ‘outstanding
service” to the community at an open house for
the Governor’s new headquarters in Price George’s
County, Maryland.
During the event, Governor Ehrlich introduced
Grandmaster Brown, students, and instructors of
the Training Center to a room full of guests. When
recognizing the Training Center, Governor Ehrlich
expressed his “deepest appreciation” for Dennis
Brown’s many years of service to Maryland youth.
He cited the quality of the Training Center’s Kung
Fu program and Grandmaster Brown’s “ongoing
dedication to providing an exceptional opportunity
for our children to develop discipline, character,
leadership skills, and enhance their academic
achievement and fitness through the martial arts”
as reasons for his decision to honor the school and
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Immediately following the recognition, more than 50
Training Center students, ages 5 to 16, participated
in a 15-minute Kung Fu demonstration led by Sifu
Sibasiben for the Governor and his guests. Governor
Ehrlich responded with a pledge to continue
his efforts to make more after school programs
available to Maryland youth. Governor Ehrlich was
not re-elected in the November elections.
The Dennis Brown Shaolin Wu-Shu Training Center
was founded in 1978 by Grandmaster Dennis Brown,
an expert in Wu-Shu fighting skills, weapons, forms,
and Tai Chi. Grandmaster Brown has been involved
in martial arts for more than 40 years. He was one
of the first Americans to travel to Mainland China
to train and be certified at the Jiangsu Sports
Center in Nanjing, China. The Chinese Embassy in
Washinton, D.C. recognized Grandmaster Brown as
the Official Consultant of Wu-Shu for the People’s
Republic of China.
In 2000, Black Belt Magazine listed Grandmaster
Brown as one of the “25 Most Influential Martial
Artists of the 20th Century.” Grandmaster Brown
serves as president of the Training Center, sits on
several boards, and is a regular guest speaker at
national events, local schools, and organizations.
He is a native of the Greater Washington, D.C. area.
Grandmaster Brown also hosts the prestigious
U.S. Capitol Classics, which is a NASKA 5A rated
tournament and a Tiger Claw Elite Championship
Qualifier.
For more information on the Dennis Brown Shaolin
Wu-Shu Training Center and its after school
program, please visit DennisBrownShaolin.com.
The Training Center presently has location in Largo,
Silver Springs, and Rockville, Maryland.
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AMAPA Delta Smackdown, February 3, Brentwood, CA
CKA� Season Opener, February 10, Denver, CO
G.S.K.A. Sacramento Challenge, February 10, Sacramento, CA
American Open, February 24, Livermore, CA
MARCH 2007 EVENTS
BASKA Rising Sun National, March 3, San Francisco, CA
Salt City Internationals, March 9-10, Salt Lake City, UT
G.S.K.A. March Open, March 10, Manteca, CA
Lone Wolf 2007 Karate Open, March 17, Albany, CA
The Manteca Meltdown, March 24, Manteca, CA
Santa Cruz Open, March 24, Watsonville, CA
APRIL 2007 EVENTS
BASKA Ultimate Slam, April 7, El Sobrante, CA
G.S.K.A. Capitol Challenge, April 14, Sacramento, CA
Golden Gate Internationals, April 21-23, San Francisco, CA
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Martial Artists Help House Elderly Homeless
Collaborating with Hearth, Inc., a non-profit organization
that provides shelter and services for the community’s
elderly homeless, karate students from Boston’s Emerald
Necklace Budo Martial Arts (http://www.karateinboston.
com/) are volunteering to renovate a housing unit in the city’s
Jamaica Plain neighborhood. Working side-by-side with
other volunteers from across the city, the karate students
hope to see the project—which involves light demolition,
painting, and cleaning—complete by mid-December.
“Truly, we could not have made this a reality without the
help of these volunteers,” said Jennifer Bonardi, Associate
Director of Grants and Volunteer Manager at Hearth, Inc.
(http://www.hearth-home.org/). “Thanks to them, 14 elders
will be coming off of the streets of Boston and into a home
for good this winter.”
The students at Emerald Necklace Budo Martial Arts
regularly participate in community service activities as part
of their Black Belt training. In order to earn their Brown Belts,
students at the school are required to conceive, plan, and
lead their own community service project.
Coordinating the Hearth service project for the dojo was the
idea of Brown Belt candidate Joe Polcari. “I have a special
place in my heart for the elderly,” Polcari says. “In America,
they are often overlooked. Like most of us, I sometimes take
my situation for granted, and I can’t imagine what it’s like to
feel the pain of old age without a roof over my head.”
“In addition to teaching the physical aspects of karate at
our school, we heavily emphasize developing character and
fostering a sense of community,” says Jason Gould, Dojo
Director and Chief Instructor. “During this project, we’re
helping to build community in a very literal sense, and it’s
a fantastic feeling knowing that our efforts here will have a
direct and significant impact on people’s lives.”
Other community service projects recently launched by
Brown Belt candidates at Emerald Necklace Budo Martial
Arts include developing a free self-defense program for
women, organizing a day of service at an urban food pantry,
and collecting toys for needy children during the holiday
season.
For information on which community organizations could
most benefit from your school’s involvement, contact your
local chapter of United Way (www.unitedway.org) or visit
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The following drills are some of my favorite Tae Kwon Do
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or seminar over the summer as a special event, or adjust
it to fit your style.
Drill 1: Bag Tag
 Skill(s) enhanced: Speed
 Recommended equipment: sparring gear
 Recommended ages and levels: seven and eight-year olds
advanced, nine to twelve-year olds intermediate and above,
and adults intermediate and above
 General description: Two students at a time will compete
against each other to see who can execute the following
combinations first.
Combinations:
1. From right sparring stance (right leg in front); front hand
back fist (right hand), back hand punch (left hand), and back
leg round kick (left leg)
2. From right sparring stance (right leg in front); turn hook kick
(left leg), front hand back fist (left hand), back hand punch
(right hand), and back leg round kick (right leg)
3. From right sparring stance (right leg in front); front leg
hook-round kick (right leg), back leg round kick (left leg) land
forward, back leg spin hook kick (right leg)
Procedures:
1. Split the class into pairs. Have them each practice all
three of the above combinations ten times. (Use left sparring
stances with the opposite hand and leg techniques if time
permits)
2. Line up two wave bags next to each other—close enough
so that you can watch both students but far enough that the
students don’t hit each other while they are executing their
combinations.
3. When you say, “Go!” both students will execute combination
one. The student that hits the bag with all of the techniques
first receives a point.
4. The first student to three points is the winner.
5. Continue until each pair has a turn.
by Melody Shuman
Drill 2: Underdog
 Skill(s) enhanced: Perseverance
 Recommended equipment: sparring gear, face masks, and
chest guards
 Recommended ages and levels: seven and eight-year olds
advanced, nine to twelve-year olds intermediate and above,
and adults intermediate and above
 General description: While point sparring (in five-point
match), one student will start three points behind with only
30 seconds left.
Procedures:
1. Set up a ring equivalent to the size of a standard sparring
ring. Split the class into pairs. If you have more than six pairs,
you may want to make additional rings if size permits and you
have enough instructors to operate each ring.
2. Let each pair warm-up with a 30-second round of freesparring.
3. After each pair has a turn to free-spar, have one pair
volunteer to go first. Assign one of the students to be the
“underdog” that has zero points while their opponent has
three.
4. Have them point spar for 30 seconds. The student with zero
points will try to catch up and outscore their opponent. The
opponent can score as well. The goal is to teach the underdog
how to have perseverance and step up their sparring with only
30 seconds left.
5. Continue until each pair has gone.
6. You can make it a tournament by having the winner stay in
the ring and be the underdog in the next round against another
student.
Drill 3: Goalie
 Skill(s) enhanced: Courage and concentration
 Recommended equipment: sparring gear, face masks, and
chest guard
 Recommended ages and levels: seven and eight-year olds
advanced, nine to twelve-year olds intermediate and above,
and adults intermediate and above
 General descriptions: The goalie will have to defend one- to
five-move combinations for 30 seconds.
6. Repeat the drill with combinations two and then three.
Procedures:
7. You can make it a tournament with winner and non-winner
brackets to end up with the class “combination-speed
champion”.
1. (Like the game of Underdog) Set up a ring equivalent to the
size of a standard sparring ring. Split the class into pairs. If you
have more than six pairs, you may want to make additional
rings if size permits and you have enough instructors to
operate each ring.
2. Let each pair warm-up with a 30-second round of freesparring.
3. After each pair has a turn to free-spar, have two students
volunteer to go first. Assign one of the students to be
the “goalie” that will attempt to defend one- to five-move
combinations from their opponent for 30 seconds. The 30second round will be conducted just like point sparring, except
the goalie cannot score, just defend.
4. If the goalie is scored on, then the goalie is out and the
winner is the new goalie and a new opponent comes in.
5. If the goalie is not scored on, then the goalie stays in.
6. Continue until every student has a turn.
Drill 4: Slap shot
 Skill(s) enhanced: Speed and courage
 Recommended equipment: sparring gear, face masks, and
chest guards
 Recommended ages and levels: seven and eight-year
olds intermediate and above, nine twelve to twelve-year olds
intermediate and above, and adults intermediate and above
 General description: Set up like a hockey goal, one student
will be the goalie and try to block the targets that his or her
opponent attempts to kick in the goal.
Procedures:
1. Against the mirror or wall, set up a goalie box that is no
longer than six feet wide and five feet tall. (You can use cones
to mark the width and tape to mark the height.)
2. Split the class into pairs.
3. Have one pair volunteer to go first. One student will be the
goalie, and the other will be the striker.
4. An instructor or assistant will hold a small square target
vertically, slightly above waist level of the striker.
5. The striker will kick the target in an attempt to score by
hitting the mirror, or wall, within the goalie box. The striker
will have five attempts.
6. Continue until each student has a turn to be both the goalie
and striker.
7. You can make the drill more challenging by having the
goalie do 20 to 50 push-ups or squat-thrusts for every point
that the striker scores.
8. You can also make it a tournament by letting the goalie
stay in the goalie box if the striker doesn’t score a point.
Drill 5: King of the Box
 Skill(s) enhanced: Agility and balance
 Recommended equipment: sparring gear, face masks and
chest guards
 Recommended ages and levels: seven and eight-year olds
advanced, nine to twelve-year olds intermediate and above,
and adults intermediate and above
 General descriptions: Both students will stand in a small
box and try to knock each other out of the box.
Procedures:
1. Make a small box that in no larger the 6'×6'.
2. Split the class into pairs.
3. Have on pair volunteer to go first.
4. Each student will hold two striking mitts in their hand and
try to use the mitts to push their opponent out of the box.
The goal is for the students to use their agility and balance to
manipulate their opponent. The students cannot touch their
opponents above the shoulders or below the waist.
5. You can make this drill a tournament by letting the student
who knocked their opponent stay in the box to see which
student is the “king of the box”.
These drills can be used in one full class, and even extended
to make an entire sparring seminar. Make sure when you are
running these drills that you always reinforce safety. Also, make
sure that you are teaching the students how to use these drills
to improve their overall sparring skills.
For more information, visit Melody at:
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K-STAR: Martial Arts Reality TV
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by Gene Ching & Gigi Oh
of the Tiger Claw Foundation, helped K-Star find talent
for the North American qualifier, which was held in Los
Angeles on July 14–15. Gigi and Jonathan Oh of Tiger
Claw worked with coordinator Norma Futini and Shaolin
warrior monks Shi Yanhao, Shi Yanliang and Shi Yanxue,
to select the four North American representatives: Ryan
Lloyd, Philip Sahagun, D. Y. Sao and Jack Tu. Nineteen
international semifinalists in all were selected. They went
to China to face the eighteen Chinese semifinalists at
the original Shaolin Temple where they all underwent a
special closed-door session of meditation, training and
vegetarianism to prepare for the elimination rounds.
It’s no surprise that martial arts are capitalizing on the
“reality” game show trend. In the wake of boxing shows
like NBC’s The Contender, Fox’s The Next Champ, and
WWE’s Tough Enough, American networks televised two
pilots last August, MTV2’s Final Fu and Oxygen’s Fight
Girls. What is surprising is that China has been leading
the world with martial arts reality shows. Sandawang
(literally ‘free sparring king’) is a fight-based reality show
that has been on the air for years. For several seasons,
it was the most watched program in the most populous
nation in the world. In 2006, Shenzhen Media Group
unveiled a new martial arts reality show, K-Star, and this
program was supported by the Tiger Claw Foundation
and Shaolin Temple.
The premise of K-Star is an international quest for
fresh action stars. Unlike Sandawang, where the object
was to find the best fighter, K-Star was looking for screen
presence. The winners earned roles in an upcoming
Shenzhen TV series, Legends of Shaolin Temple Monk
Soldiers. Accordingly, contestants were not only examined
on form and sparring, they had to show talents like singing,
dancing, painting or other non-martial skills. The show
began last April with thousands of competitors from all
across China vying for 18 semifinalist spots. Then K-Star
went international, combing the globe with auditions
in Australia, France, Germany, Italy, Russia and North
America. The Friends of Shaolin, a special committee
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The four-hour finale was televised in China on October
1st, 2006. Seated on the judges panel were action star
Jacky Wu Jing (Sha Po Lang, Tai Chi Master, Legend of
Zu) Director Stanley Tong (The Myth, Martial Law, Mr.
Magoo) and Director Wang Xiaoshuai (Frozen). China’s
Gu Shangwei won, with American Philip Sahagun
taking second and China’s Xue Jiangtao capturing third.
American D. Y. Sao received a special award for “most
potential.”
The first season of K-Star was seen by an estimated
300 million viewers. It reported over half a million in net
earnings and made a large donation to the Buddhism
Research Fund on behalf of Shaolin. Since K-Star was
only shown in China, there’s been some discussion about
creating a special, akin to the the international versions
of Tyra Banks’ Top Model shows. The entire season
of Britain’s Next Top Model was compressed into one
special extended episode of America’s Next Top Model.
K-Star doesn’t have the benefit of a running American
program, so at this point, they are looking towards
something for an Asian American network, but nothing
is firm yet. Some highlights can be found on the web on
sites like YouTube. Meanwhile, in China, K-Star is looking
forward to a second season in 2007.
For the complete story on K-Star, see Rising K-Star:
Reality TV Brings Global Competition to Shaolin Temple
by Gene Ching and Gigi Oh in the January/February 2007
issue of Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine.
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THE GRANDMASTERS COME TO TIGER CLAW
Grandmasters Ralph Castro, Ming Lum, Al Novak and Wally Jay visit our California Studio
On October 17th, 2006, Tiger Claw was graced by the presence of four leading pioneers of martial arts in America: Grandmasters
Ralph Castro, Ming Lum, Al Novak and Wally Jay. The gathering was at the behest of Ed Parker Jr., who is helping filmmaker
Patrick Million with a documentary about his father Edmund Parker Sr., the father of American Kenpo. Fresh off his work
on Bella (recipient of the audience award at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival), Million is returning to this ongoing
project, tentatively titled American Grandmaster. Million shot several hours of interview footage with these Grandmasters
inside the TC Media studio at the Tiger Claw headquarters in Fremont, California.
After the filming, Tiger Claw’s founder and president, Thomas Oh, treated the Grandmasters to lunch; and, Kung Fu Tai Chi
Magazine’s Associate Publisher, Gene Ching, held a round table interview with the four grandmasters. That interview, “Tea
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L—R: Front: Ming Lum, Ralph Castro, Wally Jay, Al Novak. Back: Gene Ching, Thomas Oh, Gigi Oh, Bernice Jay,
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Myles Porter of Toledo, Ohio, a visually impaired judo athlete,
has become a resident athlete at the United States Olympic
Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado in preparation
for the 2007 International Blind Sports Association (IBSA) World
Championships and the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing,
China.
“This is a incredible opportunity because I train at a first class
facility with first class coaches with some of the best Judo athletes
in the country,” said Porter. “This training accelerates my progress
for the upcoming Worlds and the 2008 Paralympic Games.”
Porter’s residency at the U.S. Olympic Training Center follows in
the footsteps of the U.S. Women’s National Goalball team, who
became the first disabled athletes ever in residency at an Olympic
Training Center, prior to the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens.
“We are excited to have Myles here at the OTC. Myles had proven
to be athletic and hardworking,” said Eddie Liddie, United States
Judo National Coach. “Myles is sure to benefit from the training
he will receive here as part of an elite group of athletes and the
quality of the coaching available to him.”
In November 2006, Porter became just the third visually impaired
judo athlete to be nationally ranked by U.S. Judo among his
sighted peers after finishing second at the 2006 Dallas Open, a
U.S. Judo Senior E Level Elite Tournament. Porter also finished
5th at the 2006 International Blind Sports Federation World Judo
Championships in France.
About USABA: A member organization of the U.S. Olympic
Committee is a non-profit organization that provides training
for blind and visually impaired athletes for competition in nine
sports. USABA members range from blind children developing
sports skills to elite athletes who train for competitions such
as the Paralympic Games, the world’s second largest athletic
competition that draws more than 4,000 disabled athletes. For
more information visit www.usaba.org. Tiger Claw is a proud
sponsor of the USABA Judo Team.
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