Tiger Claw's KungFuMagazine.com Championship III
by Video by Greg Lynch Jr.
On June 4th, 2011, Tiger Claw's KungFuMagazine.com Championship III was held at the spacious South Hall of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. The event drew nearly 400 competitors and over 2000 spectators. TCKFMCIII, in combination with Shark City Nationals, had 20 rings (including 2 official wushu carpets) and a main stage. Beyond modern wushu, traditional kung fu and internal styles, there were several special events such as the WildAid Tiger Claw Championship, the Songshan Shaolin Championship and Special Skills Qigong (including Iron Crotch). Filmmaker Greg Lynch Jr. webcasted many events the day of the event. Here are final cuts of his video segments.
Set-Up Day for TCKFMCIII
What does it take to get the San Jose Convention Center to get ready? It takes dozens of workers a full day to set up tents, lay out puzzle mats and move those heavy official wushu carpets.
Welcoming Banquet for the TCKFMC III V.I.P Guests
The night before the event, TCKFMCIII held a lavish Welcoming Banquet for the visiting masters, VIPs and head judges. The event was open to the public.
Get it Started! TCKFMCIII
The excitement percolates during the opening moments of Tiger Claw's KungFuMagazine.com Championship III.
Weapons at TCKFMCIII
Highlights of the weapons competition at TCKFMCIII including traditional kung fu and modern wushu.
Modern Wushu at TCKFMCIII
Highlights of the modern wushu competition at TCKFMCIII.
Traditional Kung Fu at TCKFMCIII
Highlights of the traditional kung fu competition at TCKFMCIII.
Push Hands & Wing Chun at TCKFMCIII
Highlights of the two contact events at TCKFMCIII: Tai Chi Push Hands (tuishou) and Wing Chun Sticky Hands (chi sao)
WildAid Tiger Claw Championship: Forms
The WildAid Tiger Claw Champion is a benefit division for WildAid. Here are highlights of the forms competitors. For more about WildAid, visit WildAid.org.
WildAid Tiger Claw Championship: Weapons
The WildAid Tiger Claw Champion is a benefit division for WildAid. Here are highlights of the weapons competitors. For more about WildAid, visit WildAid.org.
Special Skills Qigong at TCKFMCIII
The Special Skills Qigong was an invitation-only division held by Grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng. It was a benefit for the Tiger Claw Foundation. There were four events: bending iron bars on the throat, breaking bottles with the palm, throwing chopsticks and iron crotch. For more information on the Tiger Claw Foundation, visit TigerClawFoundation.org.
Grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng's demonstration at the TCKFMCIII's Master's Demo
Grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng and his students gave a demonstration of Special Skills Qigong including bending iron bars on the throat, painting while standing on eggshells and iron crotch. Note that each of the weight plates used in the iron crotch demonstration weighs 33 pounds.
Grandmaster Chiu Chi Ling's demonstration at the TCKFMCIII's Master's Demo
Grandmaster Chiu Chi Ling demonstrated the unique Iron Wire Hung Gar form.
Master's Demonstration at TCKFMCIII
Highlights of the evening Master's Demonstration at TCKFMCIII.
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About Video by Greg Lynch Jr.:
Greg Lynch Jr. is a frequent contributor to KungFuMagazine.com. His company, Bad Ass Bunny Productions is working on a documentary of Grandmaster Tu Jin-Sheng. For more information, visit IronCrotchDoc.com. For more coverage of Tiger Claw's KungFuMagazine.com Championship III, watch for our September October 2011 issue.