The weekend of April 17-18, was perfect for having the 8th Annual Arnis Event hosted by Karate 5 Association of Tennessee. 60 participants took advantage of the ideal weather, free food and drink and excellent instruction.
Grandmaster Wilson confers with members of the "team"..
Grandmasters compare notes.
Mister John Roberts, owner of Scruggs Barbecue once again provided the food for the event and everyone ate their fill. There was so much food and snacks that plenty people carried some home after the event. Karate 5 is blessed to have supporters like John Roberts.
Grandmaster Maurice Msarsa presented Awards to Morristown Parks and Recreation Program Director Ms. Jennifer Gentry, for the continued support that they have rendered continuously since 1967. Craig Price, Director of Parks and Recreation was unable to be there for his Award.
Grandmaster Joe Laney was this years recipient of the Cross Training Award. This Award represents what an individual has done over time to advance the concept of crosstraining in his/her Dojo. As has been the custom, Grandmaster Laney also received a hand made walking cane fashioned by Master William Mason.
Mr. Gary Long, representing the Harold Long family and the associated foundation received the custom made award that was created in this special year (10th year anniversary of Grandmaster Long's passing).
Grandmaster Willie G. Wilson presented Grandmaster Lisa McManus with a special award, acknowledging the "Spinning of her time" to create the art known as Military Arnis. .
Grandmaster Lisa McManus promoted Kevin McManus to Master level Instructor. Master Kevin has been training since he was 4 yrs. old and demonstrates a high level of expertise as he works the floor as a teacher of the art.
Grandmaster Wilson accepts the award that names Karate 5 as an affiliate school of Military Arnis. Karate 5 is in a unique situation as there is only 1 other affiliate school of Military Arnis at this time.
Karate 5 has been blessed to see it's event grow to the point where we can now take a different approach as to how we market it. We have enough sponsors where we don't have to depend on the number of people showing up to determine if it's financially feasible to continue. That was why we decided to open the event up to all ICA members this year at no cost. Next year, it will be a closed event with invitations being sent out to special people/dojo's that are sincerely interested in the training that we do.
|Grandmaster Lisa McManus|
|Master Kevin McManus|
|Cadet Devin Dunson|
|Cadet Christopher Collins|
|Military Arnis Spring 2008|
|New Hampshire Summer 2007|
|Military Arnis 2007|
|Modern Arnis Spring 2005|
|Modern Arnis Summer 2005|
|Modern Arnis Spring 2006|
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