The best photo bomb ever! What an amazing day....of all the years hearing the great stories of traveling training and great friendships...thanks be to God we are now enjoying one of those trips with the Boss! Tears of gratitude.
Congradulations to everyone, job well done at this years World Camp 2014 !
Dan Almeida 1st 5.0 Fighting and 3rd Forms
Harold Anaya 3rd 5.0 Fighting
Kayla Anaya 2nd Self Defense 3rd Forms
Randy Anaya 1st 5.0 Fighting & Grand Champion
Edwin Aranda 1st Self Defense, 3rd 5.0 Fighting and 3rd Forms
Adan Chavez 1st Forms, 1st Fighting, 2nd Self Defense
Katia Chavez 1st 5.0 Fighting, 2nd Forms, 3rd Self Defense,
Lucas Gurule 2nd Forms and 2nd 5.0 Fighting
Jenny Keiper 1st Self Defense, 2nd Forms
Natalie Leiva 1st Forms, 2nd 5.0 Fighting
Humza Mahmood 1st 5.0 Fighting, 1st Forms
Jeremiah Marquez 3rd Self Defense
Manny Marquez 1st 5.0 Fighting
Brian Ortiz 2nd Forms, 3rd 5.0 Fighting
Andrea Paredres 1st Forms, 1st Self Defense, and 3rd Fighting & Grand Champion for Self Defense
Justin Plummer 2nd 5.0 Fighting, 3rd Forms
D'Kota Potter 1st Forms, 1st 5.0 Fighting and 2nd Self Defense
Erika Potter 2nd Forms, 2nd Self Defense
Markus Vigil 2nd 5.0 Fighting, 2nd Self Defense, 3rd Forms Also tested for his 2nd Black
Maya Wero 3rd Forms
A true honour to be asked by Miss Jaki McVicar to catch her as she was kicked into her 8th degree black belt by Mr Speakman! Few deserve it more!
ONCE A CENTURY:
Jeff Speakman tournaments are always spectacular, entertaining and educational. This year's addition was no exception. Mr. Speakman's contributions to the expanding art of Kenpo are legion; not the least of these is the worldwide forum his annual tournament and seminar provides.
He is ably assisted in bringing about these participatory miracles by a professional and well trained cadre under the direction of Antranig (Anto) Parseghian.
Mr. Speakman's innovative concept brings, not only the top competitors from around the world but world renowned instructors from disparate martial arts disciplines as well. Jacki McVicker, from Great Britain is a case in point. This sweet little 62 year old grey haired lady is the personification of traditional British gentility; complete with, "Oh that's so nice deary," commentary. But when she moves! Mouths drop open eyes bulge and gasps can be heard throughout the room; for the sweet little old lady transforms into a veritable TIGER! Those who have been around long enough to know, remark, "it's like seeing Ed Parker move!" At this particular event this august lady was presented with her Eighth Degree Black by Mr. Speakman.
Something happened during the self defense competition that only happens once a century. Stive Moget and Pierre Manzo from France put on a self defense entry that electrified the crowd; IT WAS PERFECT. As one of the judges I instantly scored it as 9.9. Everyone buzzed about what they had seen. When Mr. Speakman asked how I had scored their effort I told him, and then quipped, "I only give a TEN once a century." That night in the finals, they performed again; and they nailed it! I immediately chalked a Big Bold "10." Once in a century. Sorry you missed it. I'll never forget it.