Sensei hosted two events this year, the 3rd and 4th
United Martial Arts Academy Shiai. One took place at the Julio De Burgos
Cultural Center on Lexington Ave. on June 5 the other at The Union Settlement
on East 104 St. in New York City.
Rivera is an untiring warrior, who with tremendous effort pulls together these
tournaments several times a year. Sensei Rivera is driven by her compassion
and the deep devotion she has for her students and to the community she so
dearly and proudly represents. She deserves a gold medal each time.
Across the East River,
another silent warrior is doing it for his community.
Cabrera Sensei hosted on
November 13, 2005 the 4th Jr. Yoshido Shiai in Bushwick, Brooklyn,
Cabrera is an inspirational instructor who has had a positive effect on the
lives of his students their parents, and the communities in which he teaches.
The Jr. Yoshido Shiai has become a classic in the martial arts community
mentioned above are by all accounts, quintessential “Inner City” Martial Arts,
again pulling together and supporting each other’s dojo. In attendance were
martial artists of all ages representing local dojos which included, United
Martial Arts Academy (Rachel ”Rocky”
Rivera Sensei), Seigi-Dai Dojo (John Benedict Sensei), Ying Yee
Kwoon (Sifu Pedro Burgos), Power of
Self Goju Karate (Dave Thomas Shihan), and, the various Yoshido Goju Ryu and
Rullan Goju Ryu Dojo to name just some.
students, young and old, parents, family members, neighbors and friends
attended the Shiai’s. These events are eagerly anticipated and their show of
support is certainly demonstrated by the attendance and the excitement
can be translated to mean, “To test each other” and are competitions that have
a fundamental principle, Mutual Respect. Though students and supporters
were definitely here to compete and win, the overwhelming “feel” was one of
camaraderie and of belonging to something truly special. Perhaps, amongst the
younger students a bit less since for many, this was their first true moment
in competition, but with the older students and their supporters in the
audience, you could not shake that sense of something shared and appreciated.
Their karate is indeed a valuable bond. They are not just competitors; they
are peers, and that is a very valuable lesson.
You can say
that it is martial arts “bonding” at its best perhaps on a personal level. It
is also a unifying component, a “glue”, we as martial artists can use to
maintain our perspective of what is important to us about the martial arts we
are a success because they provide support and unity to all the martial
artists present and to the art, they have chosen.
forward to the next Shiai, and thank Rivera Sensei and Cabrera Sensei for
extending their invitations and most gracious hosting. Osu.
Oh, did I
not mention the bonus to this event? In attendance, judging and refereeing as
well, were masters who are living legends
artists support, as some would say, neighborhood tournaments. Let me mention
three in particular:
Shihan of Power of Self Goju Karate along with
Karen Rice Sensei
representatives of Harlem Goju
are the epitome of what is great in the martial arts.
Grand Master Ron Van Clief
has to be mentioned. An icon in the martial arts he attends these events,
without fanfare, camera in hand. His passion for the arts is felt, and his
support is admirable.
Let me just
mention this story. G.M Ron Van Clief was honored at a recent Gala without
much sleep the next day; he sees a group of us sitting in a coffee shop during
a break at the 3rd UMAA Shiai. He comes in says hello, has a quick
chat and heads to the Shiai. With a schedule that includes filming a series,
teaching, stunt work and a soon to be parent (his wife is expecting their
first child in early march, 2006) he takes the time to show his support. Ron
Van Clief shows his passion for the martial arts community through his
actions, that is hard-core and from the heart, Thank-you.
Grand Master Anthony Lau
and Master Archie Rullan
have attended all four shiai. They hosted for years the Ying-Yee tournaments
(Wow). The core off Yudansha who helped establish these tournaments, the
Cabrera brothers, Alfred Hinds, Aida Sensei (nice to see you
after so many years) Nelson
Melendez, John Benedict and others are planning an event for 2006.
It is going to be great, so stay tuned for more news.
Hanshi hosted the “Warrior’s
Challenge” in Florida on May 5, 2005. This event has been running for twelve
years. The ‘Warrior’s Challenge” is one of the most popular tournaments in
Florida. In attendance are the “Who’s Who” of Florida instructors, dojo and
attracts competitors from New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and a multitude of
styles including Tae Kwon Do, Goju-Ryu, Isshin-Ryu, Ueichi Ryu, Kenpo, and Fu
Jow Pai Kung Fu.
Martial artist plan their
vacations to attend this tournament and Karateka such as kick boxing champion
and promoter Jonas Nunez fly in after throwing an event in Puerto Rico to
compete. To see a write up on this tournament go to
and get a feel for a tournament that
Malanoski Hanshi will be hosting in 2006. Congratulations to
Jonas Nunez Shihan
the Grand Champion at this event and
Keith Lengyel on your
promotion to Yondan, Renshi.
Twin Towers Classic International
Karate Championships hosted
and Geoffrey Canada on August 27,2005 continues to be terrific.
Professional and organized are just to words you can use to describe this
event. Let me make this short and sweet. The Twin Towers is a class event from
the place, the Jacob Javitts Center to the professionals who work the event.
Ingrid and Glenn Martin
are exemplarily in their co-ordination of the tournament and the added bonus
Conroy who hosts the
Connecticut Challenge. Mike as Chief arbitrator is the icing on this event
that with international, national and local talent competing is one of the
most prestigious on the tournament circuit.
XIII Copa Franklin Reumelle
was celebrated on May 22, 2005 in the Roger Mendoza Coliseum, in
Caguas, Puerto Rico. Hosted by
Raymond Correa Shihan
(Founder and publisher of
“Artes Marciales en Accion”) the event continues to highlight that Puerto Rico
is a gem in the world of the Martial Arts. The tournament was dedicated to
Grand Master Gilberto Rodriguez
founder of Garyu Rico Do. GM Rodriguez contributions to the martial arts in
Puerto Rico are legendary. This event is truly a success and if you are
planning a vacation take note: The XIV
Copa Franklin Reumelle will be held on May 21, 2006 at the new Roger
Mendoza Coliseum in the city of Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Professor Pierre Rene
10th dan and founder of Chinese Sho-To- Kan continues to add
to a legacy that has cemented him as one of the Greats in the martial arts.
Professor Rene promoted various events this year, all of benefit to not only
the local community in Florida but also to the Martial Arts World. His
promotion of The World Open Karate Championships on February 20, 2005 in the
Orlando Recreation Center was a success bringing both local and international
on the local radio station STAR 94.5WCFB, the event gave a round trip to Las
Vegas plus $500.00 in cash to the winner of the Grand Championship which was
donated by Reverend Kenneth Thompson and his wife Voncille of what is called
Von’s Foundation. Pre tournament music was provided by N.E.B. Entertainment
featuring T. Rexz and the Lovely Meleena “Mimi.”“ (Steven Malanoski”
producer and host of Masters of the Martial Arts TV Show,
Shidoshi Pierre T.
Rene is definitely hard-core
and a leader in the Martial Arts.
Carlos Velez much anticipated
book “Budo Gukui” (best kept secrets of the martial arts) is due out February
of 2006. A compilation of past interviews written by Mr. Velez it will
definitely be a collectors’ edition. Carlos also is the first card of
“Tarjetas de Collecion Artes Marciales”. Created by Tony Rosa Shihan the card
collection will feature Latino (as) of the Martial Arts. Rosa Shihan is also
hosting the “Memorial Day Karate Open” in Miami, Florida on May 26-27-28th,
Goldberg founder and publisher of Action
Martial Arts Magazine is bringing
us again what is considered the most prestigious event in the Martial Arts.
The Mega Martial Arts Weekend will be held will be held onJanuary 6, 7, 8,
2006 in the Tropicana Casino & Resort, Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Master Maurice Elmalem genaral manager and chief
editor of “Budo International” Magazine again distinguishes himself wih his book
“Will Power”. A best seller it is definetly a must add to a Martial arts
Kow Loon (Kayo) Ong,
Chairman of Chi-I-Do and his wife Lai continue to show that a
curriculum based on Traditional Karate can be a success as part of NYC’s after
This is but a glimpse and
does not present an iota of what transpired this year. Noticias is about the
martial arts its’ passion, inspiration yes that is hard-core and coupled with
the sweat, hours of training and teaching it is the Martial Arts.
This has to
end, and 2006 will be a new beginning. Leading into the new era, if you do not
know them you will, and if you do you will know more.
David Washington, Ben Otake, Terry Hotchkin, Jeff Ibrao, Tom
Serrano, Rachel Rivera, Jose Jordan, Stephen Quadros, Marc MacYoung, Benny
Urquidez, Dave Thomas, Harry Cook, Steve Malanoski, Wilfredo Roldan, Kevin
Thompson, Jonas Nunez, Jenna Friedman, Errol Bennett, Pedro Burgos, John
Benedict, Orlando Cabrera, Francisco Cabrera, Alfred Hinds, Alan Goldberg,
Wildcat Molina, Karen Rice, William Louie, Jennie Louie, Sanzinsoo, Jose
Maldonado, Paula Verdino, Christopher Chin, Allan Burrese, Danny Young, Bob
Orlando, Raymond Correa, Paul Irrizary, Pierre Rene, James Price, David Cox,
Louis Morales, Pete Siringano, Freddie Lopez, Tommy May, Charles Bingham,
Josephine Maisonet, Aida, The Family: Kayo, Lai, Pearl, Max, yes I can go on
but hey, you know who you are and you all have something in common:
You inspire and lead.
As a Closing Note To start
The Noticias for 2006 Wilfredo
Roldan, “The Velvet Voice” will be performing at the
Hilton in NYC on January 13, yes Martial Artist are multi-faceted.
From The Heart, Happy
Holidays and Happy New Year.
Professor Pierre Rene’s World Open Karate Championships
in Orlando, Florida
Thank-you James Price Kyoshi, for the pictures.
Thank-you Steven Malanoski for the feedback
2002 Owner and Webmaster Shuseki Shihan Eddie Morales
Writer's/Executive's Lydia Alicea and Shihan William Rivera