Malden Wah Lum Kung Fu School returns victorious from international competition
Submitted by Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi School
The 25th U.S. International Kuo Shu Championship Tournament took place July 27 to 28 in Baltimore. Sifu Mai Du of the Wah Lum Tam Tui Northern Praying Mantis Kung Fu and Tai Chi School led a team of 31 students from ages 6 to 50 to compete.
Du was a judge at the event, performing with other kung fu masters.
“I am so very proud of every single student,” Du said. “Each competitive performance by everyone was a display of discipline, courage, hard work, fellowship, and respect for self and others. The parents were amazingly supportive and without everyone coming together, we wouldn’t have this level of success and fun. I am truly humbled by my students’ successes.”
This year’s competitors represented Malden, Everett, Wakefield, Boston, Quincy, Braintree, Chelmsford, Saugus, Revere, Lynn and Salem. They returned home with 35 gold medals, 20 silver medals, 18 bronze and more than 30 medallion medals in many categories.
Wah Lum Kung Fu and Tai Chi Academy won the All-Around Form Championship, an unexpected win against stiff competition. The school also won Second-Place Youth Team Form Trophy event.
Wah Lum Malden’s students received a record-high eight Competitor of the Year nominations for their 2012 performances. Three students won the Competitor of the Year Awards in the categories of Adult Female Kung Fu (Andrea So), Teen Male Kung Fu (Eric Tran) and Youth Female Kung Fu (Yen-Nhi Chit).
U.S. headquarters Wah Lum Temple of Orlando, Florida won the First Place trophy for Youth Team Form.
Grandmaster Bob Rosen, who runs the Wah Lum School in Boston’s Chinatown and was Du’s kung fu teacher, was inducted into the United States Kuo Shou Federation Hall of Fame for his lifelong dedication and contributions to the martial arts.