It is a pleasure to send greetings to everyone gathered at Queens College for the 10th Annual U.S. Open Martial Arts Championship.
All New Yorkers recognize the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyles and the benefits of lifelong fitness and exercise for everyone. The many different styles of martial arts are excellent methods for staying active, learning self-defense, and installing confidence, while at the same time demonstrating the cultural diversity of New York, promoting mutual respect and understanding.
Not just self-defense, the martial arts are a lifelong pursuit of self-improvement, focus, and discipline. Today’s championship will draw people from all the Greater Metropolitan Region and beyond eager to demonstrate the skills they have acquired after months and years of training. On behalf of the championship and all those affiliated with the World Fighting Martial Arts Federation, Shield Security International, and the International Wushu Masters Association for sponsoring this great event.
With warmest regards and best wishes for an enjoyable championship.
Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State