Chicago has hosted three successful tournaments in the past. This year, at Sifu Ray Hildreth’s leadership, International Chinese Martial Arts Circle (ICMAC) will take place at beautiful Pheasant Run Resort on Saturday Sept. 13, 2014.
Nick Scima and other Chinese Martial Artists created International Chinese Martial Arts Circle (ICMAC). Its mission is to “transcend political boundaries and advance Chinese Martial Arts through a network of championships scheduled for a number of major cities in North America and in several countries around the world.” Its motto is "Friendship through Martial Arts". The Chicago Tournament is an ideal platform to connect Chinese Martial Art enthusiasts from Mid-West and Great Lake regions.
2014 Chicago Tournament is one of the largest regional ICMAC tournaments. It will host Traditional Chinese Martial, Wushu, Tai Chi (Taiji), other Internal Styles, Push Hands, and Continuous Sparring competition. There will be divisions for age, gender, style, and level of skills so every one can find a division or two appropriate for his demographic group and style. In Traditional Chinese Martial area, there will be Pee-Wee & Under divisions for Hand Forms and Weapons, Kids 7-9 for Hand Form and Weapons, Juniors 10-12 for Hand Forms and Weapons, Teens 13-17 for Hand Forms and Weapons, Adults 18-35 for Hand Forms and Weapons, Adult 36-45 for Hand Forms and Weapons, and Adults 46 & Over for Hand Forms and Weapons. In Wushu area, there will be Pee-Wee 6 & Under for Hand Forms and Weapons, Kids 7-9 for Hand Form and Weapons, Juniors 10-12 for Hand Forms and Weapons, Teens 13-17 for Hand Forms and Weapons, Adults 18-35 for Hand Forms and Weapons, and Adult 36-45 for Hand Forms and Weapons. In Tai Chi area, there will be Tai Chi Hand Forms (Age 18-45) and Tai Chi Hand Forms (Age 46 & Over), Tai Chi 24, Tai Chi 32 Sword (Yang), Tai Chi Weapons (Age 18-45), Tai Chi and Weapons (46 & over), and there are sub-divisions for multiple styles. Other Internal Style divisions are mainly for Xing Yi. Push Hands are for people 18 and older and divided by age, gender, and body weight. In the Continuous Sparring area, it will have Kids 9 & Under, Junior 10-12, Teens 13-15, Teens 15-17, Beginner Adults (18 & Over), Intermediate Adults (18 & Over), and Advanced Adults (18 & Over). Overall, there will be approximately 300 divisions.
According to IMCAC’s rule, Grand Champion Awards will be presented to Advanced Competitors of all age groups; each will have distinctive requirements and make sure that you check it on the registration form. Check this website http://www.kungfuchampionship.com/chicago/grandchampion.html for requirements.
For more tournament details and registration, click the official website http://www.kungfuchampionship.com/chicago/ .
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