|Honorable Warrior Martial Arts Combat Team|
Students of Honorable Warrior Martial Arts located in Harlingen at the Harlingen Sports Center on 516 W Van Buren recently attended a five out of five star rated tournament on the International Chinese Martial Arts Championship circuit. This tournament was held in Stafford Texas at the Stafford Centre just south of Houston. Over 300 competitors from around the nation competed at this tournament. Competitors came from cities as close as Corpus Christi, Houston and Dallas, and states as far as Louisiana, Colorado, and California. Only the best in Chinese Martial Arts attended this tournament.
For Honorable Warrior Martial Arts they were considered the under dogs as the school has just been opened for less than six months. The young six member team swept the competition and brought back eleven medals, in each division the students competed in they placed!
The team consisted of six year old twins Isaiah and Brianna Colon. The twin dragon’s defeated everyone in their division with Isaiah taking the gold and Brianna taking silver in six and under beginner forms. The next division was the beginner boys 7-9 year old forms with the older brother of the twin dragons Joseph Colon only seven years old being the underdog and sweeping the competition in both forms and fighting captivating the gold. Joseph Colon had to fight another student from a Louisiana Kung Fu school and dominated the fight.
Sophia Castillo from Mercedes entered the 7-9 year old girls forms and took the silver in both traditional forms and Wushu.
Bradley Odoms from Harlingen took the silver in 7-9 beginner boys very good for his first tournament and only being in martial arts for a few months.
The biggest winner and biggest underdog of the competition due to age grouping was Brandon Odoms thirteen of Harlingen Competing in four different divisions and taking the gold in three out of four. Brandon started the competition with
Intermediate teens 13-17 Modern Wushu sweeping the competition taking the Gold in that division. Brandon competed in 13-17 traditional forms taking a bronze medal, and 13-17 traditional weapons taking the Gold in that division. Brandon also took the gold medal in Intermediate Juniors fighting 13-15. And even did an exhibition match against an older more advanced competitor from Denver Colorado and won.
The total number of medals that the young team brought back was eleven not bad for the young six member team of Honorable Warrior Martial Arts. Sifu Oscar 22 year old from Harlingen the head instructor of the Kung Fu school says “I tell the students all the time it’s not about winning; it’s about trying your best and having fun”. This was a great experience for the kids of Honorable Warrior Martial Arts and they hope to do good if not better at future tournaments. For more information please contact Sifu Oscar Olivarez of Honorable Warrior Martial Arts at 956-491-3189 or visit