Mariah Moore, Onaway High School Onaway Michigan Filipino Weapons Demo


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Sunday, October 12, 2008

Chicago- Pacific Island Arts Tournament with Grand Master Nene Tortal and Grand Master Bandalan!!!

What an honor! Today I am very pleased to have been in the company of some very amazing and very respected legends in the Pacific Island Arts. Even better, when the tournament came to a close, all the Grand Masters and tournament judges came together to vote and decide on one person who would be "Top Dog!" To qualify, they chose only those placing first in every one of their entries.
I placed 1st in Forms, 1st in Stick Fighting, and 1st in Knife Fighting.
And, against all odds, the only female in the entire tournament- THEY PICKED ME!
The prize was priceless and I will treasure it always! Grand Master Tortal presented me with his personal sword! OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Girls! Remember when I posted a few months back and encouraged you to come and test your mettle here? This is why. This tournament is a small yet very clean and very fair event. If you can compete, YOU CAN COMPETE.
Thanks Guru John- For the invite. Thanks to all the judges and to Grand Master Tortal and to Grand Master Bandalan for believing in me. I had an amazing time and I am honored to have spent the day with you.
Very Special Thanks to my Grand Master, Bong Jornales- for sharing your love of the Philippine Martial arts, your wisdom, knowledge, and guidance with me. It is because of you that I am who I am today.

Me with Grand Master Tortal

Being presented with the Top Dog Award which was Grand Master Tortal's personal Sword!

Me with Grand Master Bandalan and Grand Master Tortal

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