by Raffi (1/19/00)
Hmm, what's the best way to describe this event? What was supposed to be a one day thing turned into a two day marathon. It was held at the end of July, 1999. The schedule said forms would be done the first day so most people only planned on coming on Saturday, but by the time the judges got going and got through most of the kids, we had to stop and get ready for the Master's Demo. Luckily my Xingyi division went right before they made us stop, so I got one of my two divisions out of the way. But all the weapons divisions had to wait til the next day.
|Brandon as always, doing well in the internal divisions.|
After that demo a lot of people left (I felt sorry for the groups that went on after them).
The remaining events were pushed to the next day. Unfortunately a lot of people hadn't planned
on returning the next day and so the attendance was pretty sparse. Luckily for me,
I was carpooling with my only competition in the flexible weapons category, Elan 'Homkind'
Hom so I knew what I was facing going into it.
|Mark Tamimi came down from Oregon for this one. Here he is caught in the middle of a butterfly.|
I didn't do as well in the grand champ as I did in the flexible weapons category, so I knew
I was out of the running, but Elan had a good chance. He decided to compete with his whip
chain (why? for fun! I think he figured people were tired of watching three section staff for
the fourth time, so he spiced it up). He did a really good job and I thought he would take the grand
championship, but before they gave him his scores, the judges called him up to the head
table and started asking him questions. Turns out they were disqualifying him for not competing
with the same set he qualified with. Despite being the audience favorite, The People's Champion
was denied the title!
So turns out the second day, although it was long (we were the last competitors to finish) was still a lot of fun. After that Elan and I got back in the Sherpamobile and left the Southbay with a couple medals and a pretty funny story (you should have heard what the head judge said to him when he told her he thought the audience would like it more if he did whip chain).     :)
Sorry for so few photos, despite all the sitting around I was doing, I didn't take that many pictures. Also sorry for taking so long to get this up, but then again I've got stuff from last April I haven't put up yet either. All in all this tournament turned out to be pretty good, and I have to say a lot of the problems I cited at Lily Lau's School's previous tournament (chronicalled in my lost article 'Lily Lau's Eagle Claw Cup Exposed.' The text was lost, but you can still see the pictures from that one here). So I wanted to give credit where credit is due.