Thursday, June 6, 2013
Office of College Advancement
Fremont, CA-Dedicating Friday mornings to Tai Chi and Qigong practice has truly paid off for select students of Ohlone College who competed in the 5th Annual Tiger Claw KungFuMagazine.com Championship held on June 1 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Ohlone's Tai Chi students demonstrated their skill sets acquired through mastering the systematic combination of marital arts and meditation to bring home three gold trophies, two silver and one bronze.
In the beginning Tai Chi category, Tomiko Boyd won first place, Alfonso Hernandez earned second, and Kam Tolentino won third. Lucy Oliva and Kevin Rabatan competed in the intermediate category and won first and second place, respectively. Rabatan, who also competed individually, won second place for his Kung Fu bare hand as well as his staff routines. The Ohlone College team as a whole also came out victorious as they clinched first place for the Five Animals Exercise Forms group division, which is a classic Qigong routine.
These five students are members of the Ohlone Tai Chi-Qigong Club, led by 2010 Tai Chi Master of the Year and Ohlone faculty member, Sifu May Chen. The members went through rigorous practices as part of the club's activities to prepare for the championship events.
In addition to competing, students gave assistance to the scorekeepers, provided security backup, and socialized with other competitors. They also had the opportunity to meet with Grandmaster Chiu Chi Ling, a well-known martial arts practitioner who has starred in over 70 movies, including "Kung Fu Hustle," and has worked with many of Hong Kong's top film makers such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.
"The students loved the distraction provided by the grandmaster during their warm up time," said Chen.
The celebration culminated on a high note as 30 students from Chen's classes participated in the Kung Fu Tai Chi Day on the following day, June 2, at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez in San Jose. They demonstrated their Tai Chi skills with over 400 students, led by internationally renowned and local masters. Sifu Chen was among the Ribbon Cutting lineup and also received a certificate of Recognition from Councilmember Kansen Chu, City of San Jose, for her participation in the Kung Fu Tai Chi Day.