Sifu Slaughter’s Students Compete at Master Zang’s Tournament
Sifu Slaughter’s Chinese Martial Arts school competed in the Zang Invitational Martial Arts Championship on Saturday April 1, 2023. It was a record attendance for the school, with 8 color belt students and 6 black belt students competing in over 20 different divisions.
For many, it was their first tournament, first time participating in a demo team competition, and first time sparring. Their courage in stepping on to the competition floor for the first-time ever was an inspiration to us all! A big congratulations to our color belts and first timers, who earned medals in several divisions, including a first-place gold medal in women’s color belt weapons forms and a second-place silver in teen color belt sparring.
The black belts competed in open hand forms, weapons forms, sparring, and as part of the demo team with the color belts. The competition was challenging with several Tae Kwon-Do instructors and many seasoned martial artists participating, but Sifu’s team did well. The team came away with multiple gold, silver, and bronze medals, with two students competing in the Grand Championship finals.
Sifu Slaughter’s demo team of color belts and black belts took 3rd place in the demonstration competition, performing synchronized open hand and weapons forms, and partner weapons. Demonstrations by the Zang TKD and Master Gorino’s TKD schools included group patterns, board breaking, and dazzling flying kicks!
As always, it was a delight to spend time with our very accomplished friends in the tae kwon-do community. Their skill and dedication consistently impress us and inspire us to work harder at our own art. Their warm and gracious welcome to us every year is a reminder that we are all part of a greater martial arts community, full of diverse and beautiful people and martial arts styles.
Many thanks to Sifu Slaughter for all his hard work and patience in working with his students to prepare them for this tournament. We are also very grateful to Master Zang, Master Gorino, the many judges and scorekeepers who volunteered their time, and all the folks who help organize and help make these tournaments a reality. We thank Master Zang for inviting us and congratulate all the many talented competitors!
For more information on Master Zang and Zang TKD see https://www.zangtkd.com/