National meet is showcase for international field

August 20, 1993|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Staff Writer

The Chinese martial arts tournament in Baltimore this weekend might be recognized only as a national meet, but the main attraction will be international competitors.

The North American Chinese Martial Arts Federation National Tournament, which has been held at the Baltimore Convention Center for all five years of its existence, is expected to get representation from federations of 50 countries. Teams that have accepted invitations include Russia, Great Britain, Mongolia, Estonia, Poland, Greece, Hungary, Sri Lanka, India, Congo, Egypt and Belgium.

Since the tournament will not have a full team from each country in its federation, it can only be recognized as a national meet. But the tournament is considered to be one of the top three Wushu-Kung Fu competitions on the continent.

"We expect the biggest turnout of our five years," said Anthony tTC Goh, the chairman for the NACMAF. "This year we have had our biggest response from overseas."

Goh said 600 to 800 competitors, including 200 from this area, will participate. There will be eight total demonstrations and competitions.

The forms and weapons eliminations, full-contact fighting matches and the finals for form and weapons will be tomorrow.

The finals for forms and weapons begin at 2 p.m. The finals for full contact start at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Lion dancing competition, sparring and masters' demonstrations are scheduled for Sunday

"People usually enjoy the weapons competition and the full-contact matches the most," Goh said. "People will get to see some of the best in the martial arts field, who will be gearing up for the inauguration."

This inauguration is for the final selection on the U.S. National Team. The process for selecting the final members begins at 7 p.m. tomorrow. The U.S. Team will then travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in November this year to compete in the second World Wushu competition.

NACMAF is a non-profit organization that promotes the health-related benefits of Chinese martial arts in North America.


What: North American Chinese Martial Arts Federation National Tournament.

When: Tomorrow and Sunday, three sessions each day, beginning 10 a.m. and 9 a.m., respectively.

Where: Baltimore Convention Center.

Competitors: Up to 800 from 50 countries.

Tickets: $10 per session, $25 for weekend pass; under 12 half price. Available at Convention Center.

Information: (410) 426-5515.

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