Mariah Moore, Onaway High School Onaway Michigan Filipino Weapons Demo


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Monday, January 25, 2010

Grand Rapids' got Talent!

Hey everybody! I'll be at the BOB this Thursday night at 7:30 competing in Grand Rapids' got talent!
This is the Grand Rapids Press article:

'Grand Rapids' Got Talent' at the B.O.B. attracts martial arts expert and all manner of contestants
By Sue Merrell | The Grand Rapids Press
January 25, 2010, 5:18AM

Emily Zoladz | The Grand Rapids Press
Mariah Moore, 16, of Alto, will perform martial arts in the "Grand Rapids' Got Talent" competition at The B.O.B. GRAND RAPIDS -- Mariah Moore says she's just an ordinary farm girl who likes to fight with sticks. But Moore, 16, passed ordinary years ago when she went to China at the age of 10 to study martial arts with Wu Bin, personal coach to Jackie Chan and Jet Li.
Since then Moore has racked up four national and world champion titles in Filipino Martial Arts and will defend her title in the national competition in March.
"I've never been a girly girl," Moore said from the family farm in Alto. "I liked watching Bruce Lee movies, and once I got started (at age 8) it's definitely been my passion."
A junior at Lowell High School who plans to open her own karate school someday, Moore is one of the area talents who will compete in a six-week "Grand Rapids' Got Talent" competition at The B.O.B.

"We've been pleasantly surprised by the great variety that have signed up," said Kelly Carey of Creative Edge Productions, which is coordinating the contestants. "We've got break dancers, rappers, all sorts of singers. It should be a community-wide event."
There are several new names among the list of contestants who have signed up to compete, Carey said. Not everyone who registers will be selected to perform, so Carey is encouraging registrants to provide plenty of information about any training or previous performance experience.
"You've really got to sell yourself," she said. "Brag."
Candidates will be selected purely on the merits of their registration, without audition, so there's always the possibility an act or two will flop.
"But isn't that always the favorite part of 'American Idol?'" Carey said.
There's also a chance of discovering an unknown gem, such as Susan Boyle, whose amazing voice stunned the "Britian's Got Talent" judges in 2009.
About 15 acts will compete each Thursday at Bobarinos on the second floor of The B.O.B., where the audience can enjoy food and drinks. Each selected act pays a $20 fee, but there is no cover charge for the audience.
"We're trying to be a little cautious with the content," Carey said. "It is an adult venue, but we expect friends and family of the contestants will be there, so we don't want anything too explicit. We want to keep it PG-13."
Audience members will vote with their wallets at a dollar a vote. Proceeds will go to Lacks Cancer Center of St. Mary's Health Care.
"We wanted to have a community feel," Carey said. "People love to help somebody out."
First, second and third places, totaling $300, will be awarded in each of the preliminary rounds. The 12 best acts will compete in the semi-finals on Feb. 24, with six finalists competing for a $1,000 grand prize on March 4.
Moore said she was encouraged by friends to sign up for the contest, and the potential prize money is a large part of the attraction.
"The prize money would definitely be nice to help my family with all the costs of international travel," Moore said. "And it's nice to get my face recognized."

WLHT Interview on Barnaby and Friends!

If you're in the Grand Rapids area, I thought you might like to know that I'm scheduled to make a guest appearance on the WLHT morning radio show "Barnaby and Friends" THIS WEDNESDAY (the 27th) at 8:00AM!


Sunday, January 24, 2010

Detroit D'Lux Charity Challenge


WOW! What a great day! I am very inspired and impressed with the Detroit tournament circuit. The Great Lakes Circuit tournament directors in the circuit work together to promote and support each other and it makes for GREAT TOURNAMENTS!

On January 23rd I went to the D'Lux Charity Challenge in Madison Hts. Michigan. The tournament is AMAZING. 74 Under belt division, 40 Black Belt divisions and even a special needs division! I commend Mr. Lux on making sure eveyone has a place at his tournament! I'd guess close to 300 competitors! I am told that this tournament is now a *F*I*V*E* Star event earning 500 pts. for 1st Place and 300 extra for Grand Champion!

Today was extra special to me because 1. Master Bong and Wendy Came! 2. It was my dad's very first tournament and I'm really proud of him. He did a great job and brought home some new hardware! 2nd in Open Hand and 3rd in Weapons and he had lots of people in his division too so he earned it!

I got 1st in Traditional Weapons, 1st in Open Weapons, 3rd in Open hand- Nobody likes to lose, but this time, losing was sweet! My friend NOEL LOVELESS rocked it! Congrats girl! You deserved it! Finally, My last competition for the day was for Grand Champion. Wow! The trophy is sweet and I also won some $cash$ and 2 cool Flip Your Lid and Sick T's! Thanks! Love it! Best part of all... you all know that I believe in giving back and work hard to do my part for the community. The D'Lux event gives 15% of proceeds to a different charity every year. This year the Humane Society will benefit all of us hanging out and doing what we love to do.

This was my second year at D'Lux and both times I've made great friends and had so much fun!
Thanks Mr. Adam Lux and all the directors and my new friends! YOU ROCK!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Photo Shoot!

Thought you might like to see these! Just did a photo shoot with my photographer,
Lawrence Heibel


Friday, January 1, 2010


Going, Going,.........
We only printed 100!

I have seven first ever and limited edition Mariah Moore Eskrimadora Calendars left.

They are 15.00 Each(Please add 5.00 if you need them shipped to you.)

A sneak peek!

Thanks to everyone that bought one! The calendars have been a great fundraiser thanks to my great sponsors-NWC Print and Lawrence Heibel Photography! The money raised from the sale of the calendars will help pay for my travel, training, and expenses associated with 2010 World Championships in Puerto Vallarta Mexico in July.

Fight Tunes!

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North American International Karate Championships, Detroit Michigan Competition for Grand Champion

Kent County Youth Fair Talent Show 1st Place Performance - Mariah and Noel Loveless "Boom Boom POW!"

Detroit D'Lux Charity Challenge Martial Arts Tournament