WFMAF’s First Dan Rank Award Ceremony Hosted Successfully
The World Fighting Martial Arts Federation (WFMAF)’s first dan rank award ceremony was hosted successfully on June 26, 2016 at it’s headquarters on Long Island, New York. The award ceremony was conducted by the WFMAF’s president Ted Gulong. Among the most recognized martial arts masters receiving 9th Dan rank are grandmasters Wu Bin, Xia Bohua, George Crayton Jr., Sam Chin, Ted Gulong, and Meijian Gao. The WFMAF is an international nonprofit organization headquartered in New York, whose purpose is to enhance the communication, exchange, research, development, and promotion of traditional fighting martial arts systems worldwide through networking with and using the wealth of resources of the WFMAF’s officials and committee members, many of whom hold nationally and internationally recognized master level certification in their fighting martial arts systems. The Dan Rank (Duanwei) System is established by the WFMAF to promote a unified standard to traditional fighting martial arts, to regulate the quality of traditional fighting martial arts, and to recognize the achievements of traditional fighting martial artists.
The WFMAF’s will be hosting its 8th Annual US Open Martial Arts Championship (USOMAC) on October 16th, 2016 at Queens College in New York City. Every year, the US Open Martial Arts Championship (USOMAC) attracts hundreds of elite competitors from around the world. They gather here in New York City to compete for medals and cash prizes, with diverse martial arts styles including form competitions (open hand & weapons) in Kung Fu (Northern & Southern), Karate, Contemporary Wushu, Taijiquan, Internal Martial Arts, and Taekwondo, as well as combat competitions in Point Sparring, Continuous Sparring, Ultimate Sanda, Shuai Jiao(Chinese Wrestling), Push Hands, Chi Sao, Short Weapon Sparring, and Arnis Stick Fighting. The USOMAC is an arena which promotes the core values of martial arts: self-discipline, respect for others, and an overall attitude of kindness toward all people. This tournament provides a unique experience for martial artists from around the globe to come together and compete in a friendly atmosphere, to share skills and knowledge, to establish new friendships with those who share the same core values of martial arts, and to express these core values through actions. Come and join us on October 16th for our 8th Annual Championship, and experience for yourself martial spirit hand in hand with one of the premier martial arts tournament events in the East Coast of the United States.
Wu Bin (born in 1937), who has produced more Wushu champions than any other coach in China, including internationally recognized martial arts action movie star Jet Li. Wu Bin held the positions as the first head coach of the Beijing Wushu Team, and Chairman of the Chinese Wushu Research Institute. Wu Bin is currently the vice-president of the WFMAF, and vice-president of the Chinese Wushu Association.
Xia Bohua (born in 1937), is a famous martial artist and martial arts professor. Xia Bohua held a position as director of the Wushu Research Institute of China’s State General Administration of Sports. Xia Bohua is currentlly the vice-president of the WFMAF, top expert of the Council of Experts of the Chinese Wushu Research Institute, and director of the Traditional Wushu Committee of the Chinese Wushu Association.
George Crayton Jr.
George Crayton Jr. is the founder and master instructor of Crayton’s Martial Arts, in Chinese called “Long Hu Pai” (Dragon Tiger Association), and the kung fu system, “Huan Shou” (Changing Hands Style). Crayton is referred to by the title “ZongShi” (Grandmaster/founder) and holds high ranks in other styles as well. George Crayton has been inducted into many halls of fame. A few of which include: MAJOR LEON WALLACE HARLEM GOJU HALL OF FAME – 2009, KUROSHI-DO HALL OF FAME – 2008 – Elite Legion of Honor Award, AARON BANKS HALL OF FAME – 2007 – Grand Master of the Year, and ACTION MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF HAME – 2001.
Sam Chin is the co-founder and current gate keeper of the I Liq Chuan system. In the 1980’s, Sam Chin won won numerous competitions, as well as the state heavy weight kickboxing championships of Selangor (Malaysia) in 1978. He was also recognized by the USA Wushu Kung-Fu Federation as a Hall of Fame Outstanding Master.
Ted Gulong is the creator of Xinyi-Dao system. Ted Gulong held the positions as the combat instructor of the Chinese Special Police, professor and instructor of China Police University, and head coach of Beijing Sanda Team. Professor Gulong has published numerous articles and books, which include: Chinese Liberation Army’s training manual “Chinese Sanda Sparring”, and Chinese Law Enforcement’s training manuals “Police Stick Techniques” and “Joint Locks and Striking”. Ted Gulong has trained disciples who were body guards of China’s past presidents.
Meijian Gao held the positions of the head coach of the Chinese National Sanda Team, head coach of the Chinese Military Police Sanda Team, and the head coach of the U.S. Sanda Team. Meijian Gao was involved in the rule-making process of China’s Sanda competitions. Meijian Gao is currently the director of the Sparring & Combat Technical Committee of the WFMAF.