Monday, December 24, 2007
Saturday, December 15, 2007
To most people, martial arts is just a sport. With me, it is my passion. Without the arts, I do not know what I would do. With only 6 years experience my abilities have tremendously expanded and I have gone places that I had only dreamed of going and perusing.
It all started here in the traditional karate, kyokashin-kai or also known as Ro-Ken. With the skills Masoyama taught Robert Kendall and the skills he taught to Sensei, I had the best start of my martial arts career that I could wish for. With the fundamentals and the discipline for about 2 years, I was out doing tournaments and exploring my love and passion for the arts when I was only about 9 years old. I had just started trying out new martial arts and decided to start with the Chinese style of WuShu, where I was invited to join the full force demo team. There I went with the team performing all over west Michigan. Then is where I was noticed by a very special person. This person was grand master WuBin. He must have seen something in me, because he invited me to go and train with him in the summer of 2005 when I was only 10 years old in China at the WuBin WuShu training center. And with me on the trip was a new found, world class coach, and now my grand master, Bong Jornales. And that was only one stair step in my road to success. I had just started training with him, just in private lessons to get me into the advanced classes. And to his surprise, I caught in no time at all and was taking in information like a sponge. Within a month, I was in on the advanced classes on Monday nights. With his help, I started and improved not only in the Arnis Sikaran Jornales System, but also in the traditional Philippine full contact stick fighting. Within only one year, I was training for the WEKAF (also known as World Escrima Kali Arnis Federation) regional, national, and world championships. First was the regional championships, where I swept all my divisions, which gave me the chance to go to the Nationals, where I also swept all my divisions, and got a official seat on the u.s national team. Then, in July 2006 it was time to really put my training and knowledge to the test. It was time for the world championships in Orlando, Florida. There I competed in traditional multiple weapons, and fought in the full contact double stick fighting division. I left that day with two world championship titles under my belt. That was the best feeling I had ever felt! And I know that I would not have been able to do it if in were not for the wonderful coaches I had to give me the knowledge I needed. But when I got back, the training did not stop for one day. While doing at least 2 performances all over Michigan, and not months after the worlds, I was introduced to Mushtaq Ali by one of my coaches. I did not realize until I started training, that I was being trained by one of the best kept secrets in the world. With training with him in the style of Silat, I grew to love what he has been teaching me.
Now, all this leads right now where I am training for the WEKAF 10th world championships. I am currently training 5 days a week. And pursuing my love for the arts. Without martial arts I do not know what I would do. Even though I miss out on going to the mall, going to birthday parties and all those thing that normal teenagers do, it is my passion and I am willing to give up what I have to, just to be able to train and expand my knowledge. I have learned not just the moves, but the knowledge and discipline to take me into my bright future. But, my martial arts is nowhere near done. I have a whole life ahead of me and I plan to make it the best that I can…that means that I will be in the arts and pass it down to the generations to come so that maybe, I will brighten kids lives like all my instructors have brightened mine.
I plan to make a difference and pursue my dreams no matter what obstacle may come in my way. I here to make a difference, I am here to learn true way of the martial arts.
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
I'm off to start the serious training!
Monday, October 29, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I just wanted you all to know the top ten things that I want to do in my life time. (in no order)
- I want to become a black belt in Ro-Ken karate and Arnis Sikaran Jornales System
- I want to be in a Hollywood movie (or two! ;))
- I want to possibly become a model
- I want to have my own karate school where I would teach all the martial arts that I have a black belt and teach the kids and adults that want to learn the arts
- I want to be known all around the world for my accomplishments
- I want to reach the goal of winning 8 world titles
- I want to teach a student that makes it to be a world champion
- I want to become a Master in Arnis, Karate, and Silat, and whatever else I come across
- I want to make all my family and friends that believe in me proud to know me
- I want to be a clear image of the wonderful Bruce Lee
I just thought that some of you might want to know where I want to go with my Martial Arts. This has already been a wonderful experience and I am really looking forward to the future and what it hold for me.
To those who think that they can get me down by making fun of me and starting roomers about me, have fun! It only works for a second than I am over it. I know that my future is bright, I will be praying for you to find yourself like I found mine....so you can quit obsessing about mine and start learning what you can do.
To those who believe in me and hope that I will make it big one day, I really cannot tell you how much it means to me that you care about me and what my future holds. I have the best coaches in the world, they believe in me and helped make me what i am today. I also have the best family in the world. I cannot tell you how many times my sister and brother have sat at my performances and demos. Thank you guys! and my mom and dad, I could not ask for better parents. They have helped me accomplish my tasks and they help me to my feet when I am on the ground. They are there for me day or night to help me. I love you all! And to my "fans" and community, I could not ask for anything more! even though I don't live in a huge town, you guys make a huge difference in my life. Everyone has been so helpful in helping me fund raise, and help me be where I am today.
And last but not least, I want to thank my Best Friend in the whole world Alli for always being there for me. She is there in the middle of the day of night if I need her. It means a lot to me that you care about me as much as I care about you. We have been BFF's since Kindergarten and i hope our friendship will last a lifetime and beyond. You mean the world to me and I do not know what I would do without you! :) I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you all for helping me so much! I have only begun my journey and I really appreciate all that all of you have done for me! I could not be who I am today if it wasn't for you.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Sunday, October 7, 2007
Then we went on to train with Don Young and Chuck Pippin. They went over the kicking techniques. That was really kool because not only do I like to fight people with sticks, I LOVE to kick! (It does help to have long legs :) ) I learned a lot of new kicks that I will have to try out in the ring next week! (On the local circuit, I'm going to compete in the Great Lakes all Star Open next Saturday.) I also learned some awesome new jumping kick combo's. After lunch that day, we went on to train with Buzz Smith. That was awesome because he does some of the Japanese stuff that Sensei teaches and a lot pf the same style that Grand Master Bong does, only different. So that was good to get a different perspective on the Philippine art. I really like these gatherings. I learn so much and it is an awesome workout. Plus, I get to hang with cool people who really understand me!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Sunday, September 30, 2007
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Chuck with Parker, Ashley and Patrick
With the help of some very special, very talented people with great big hearts, on Monday August 20th,
o Holds 2nd Degree Black belt in Tae Kwon Do, as well as experience in San Yun Do and Hand To Hand Combatives.
o Currently teaches Self Defense classes at Davenport University
- Steve Flohr – Juggler
- Chuck Pippin and Don Young: San Yun Do Stick, Knife, and Cane Combatives Demo
o Both hold Black belts in Multiple arts
o Co-Founders of Innovative Martial Arts
o Co-Founders of the art of San Yun Do
o Chuck is the director of Take a Kick at Parker’s cancer and is himself a cancer survivor.
- Steve Tobias and Caitlin Malarney: SYD Forms Demo
o Steve Tobias: performing Hwa Rang: 1st Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do, Brown Sash in San Yun Do, has also studied Kempo Karate
- Next 2 None Local Sensation Hip hop band from Kentwood. My awesome new friends who I met while performing with them at this years WOTV park parties with Maranda.
- James Kohlenberg Sword Cutting Demo
- Ryder and Marina Jones singing/guitar
o Marina Jones is a 14 year old friend and Schoolmate of mine that will attend Lowell High School this year as a freshman. She has been singing for as long as she can remember, competing in various talent shows around Lowell Township. She also enjoys theatre and creative writing. She performs with her family in a band called Jonesy.
o Ryder Jones This season’s American Idol Contender from Lowell, Michigan. He is a sophomore at Grand Rapids Community College, with a focus on music. He won a spot at the Lowell Showboat Nostalgia Night 75th Anniversary and will perform on The Showboat August 25th right after me. He plays guitar and sings, also a member of the band Jonesy, The Great Lakes Band, and Blue Star Pilot.
- Steve and Cole Van Harn - Padded Stick Blade combat demo - (The padded sticks safely represent live blades in a competition format)
o Steve and Cole are Mariah’s U.S. National Team mates in Philippine Martial Arts.
o Steve - 21 yrs of martial arts experience, senior rankings in multiple arts. Multiple world titles in full contact stickfighting
o Cole - 2yrs training, 2006 double silver medalist in World comp., current national champion.
*Each act will ended with “I took a kick at Parker’s cancer…will you?” (or something close to that…)*
Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
I have been doing a lot of polishing with Steve and Mushtaq on my Tali Bong Form which I will be doing in the WEKAF Regionals, Nationals, and Worlds. Although I have a lot more polishing to do, I think it is comming together very well! I am very happy to have the coaches I have! I wouldn't be the martial artist I am today and could never have accomplished everything I have without all my awesome instructors! Thanks Guys! Well, back to training! :)
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Today I did the last Park Party of the summer :( I had so much fun and met so many great people! I really do not want it to be over. I think today was the best performance yet! I did three shows and the second one, I decided to dedicate to my friends in Next II None (the boy band that sings and dances at the park parties with me) I did it to the song "Heart Breaker" by Pat Benatar. I had so much fun! Instead of wearing the same old uniform...I wore cut off shorts and a leather jacket! :) :) It was so cool!well, dinner is done so I have to go.
I am going to the hospital to see Parker today! :) please keep him in your prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!