Tournament Results for 7-11-15

Students from Honorable Warrior Martial Arts traveled to 184 miles to Laredo Texas to compete in Master Gonzalez’s sport karate tournament named Battle of the Rio Grande. This is part of the T.A.S.K. organization, which stands for Texas Amateur Sport Karate. Competitors traveled from all over the Rio Grande Valley to compete at this tournament making this tournament a true Battle of the Rio Grande.

First up to represent Honorable Warrior Martial Arts was Assistant Instructor Brandon Odoms who competed in the advanced forms division capturing 1st place. Chloe Gutierrez was up next who literally fell to 2nd place. During her form Chloe put in a great amount of power into a slapping pressing stance, and lost her balance, many of her teammates as well as myself believe that is what cost her, the 1st place prize. Cosme Vasquez did great in his division, but fell just a few tenths of a point behind the third place finisher. 

Next up was sparring division in which Assistant Instructor Brandon Odoms fought bravely to capture the 2nd place award. Chloe did well and fought her way up to 1st place. Cosme Vasquez did very well in sparring unfortunately he lost his first match out of about twelve in his division to get knocked out of the brackets. It was a close fight, but unfortunately lost at the end. The competitor who beat him eventually went on to win 1st place in his division. 

Overall the students did very good, we brought home some huge six foot trophies which was the award for 1st place. The tournament was run smoothly, and our competitors were out of the door by about two O’clock. There were quite a bit of competitors so that means the judges, and everyone involved with the competition ran things smoothly and effectively. Congratulations to Master Joe Gonzalez on putting on an outstanding tournament in Laredo Texas, HWMA will definitely be back next year.

Total Tally

1st X 2

2nd X 2

Tournament Result for 6-20-15

On Saturday June 20, 2015 the C&C threat demolished the competition. Cosme Vasquez, and Chloe Gutierrez traveled to Los Fresnos Texas to show everyone what HWMA is all about. HWMA is simply Harlingen’s best when it comes to self defense and martial arts, and we have the warriors to prove it. 

Chloe Gutierrez started off the day by competing in the biggest division of the entire competition. The six and seven year old kids division was one the biggest when it came to forms. Chloe took care of the competition and received the highest score possible from all three judges which is 9.9. Next up was Cosme Vasquez, Cosme received first in his division his scores were 9.9, 9.8, and 9.9. Cosme did very well in ten and eleven beginner boys forms, he received praise from a fellow advanced adult Kung Fu practitioner from Houston as well. Chloe ended the day with sparring, fighting her way to first place. Chloe fought twice and fought bravely to capture the first place prize. In every division that our competitors competed in they received first place and nothing less.

At this tournament promoter Eva Ramirez gave away swords for the first place prize, plaques for second and third, and participation medals for all who did not receive a place. There was cake for all kid competitors, the ninja turtles even made an appearance. All in all it was a great competition, fun was had, experiences were gained, and memories were made. I Sifu Oscar am very proud of the C&C threat as well as the rest of my students. Cosme and Chloe were already winners for just joining the tournament, but did really well by capturing first place prizes.
Total  1st X 3

Thank you to the parents of the competitors for everything you do. The kids as well as myself are blessed to have you in our lives.

 God bless, Sifu Oscar

Tournament Results for 3-20-15

Students of Honorable Warrior Martial Arts traveled about a five hour drive from Harlingen to Houston. The three member team placed in everything they competed in, not just in medals, but in experience and knowledge as well. The small three member team won an amazing nine medals overall, and won the World Star Chinese Martial Arts Championship title. This was the first tournament held by master Ernie Wu, this tournament had the best kung fu schools attend.

The competition started off with Bradley Odoms capturing the traditional hand forms Gold Medal. I might jinx this, but it seems that every time someone competes with one of our pou chuan or cannon fist forms, the students end up placing pretty high. Chloe Gutierrez was next and displayed great stances, power, and technique, but unfortunately was a few tenths of a point behind first place. Brandon Odoms did a great traditional hand form giving him third in his division.

Chloe Gutierrez was next who competed in the Wushu Chang Chuan division, Chloe received first in her division, and had many compliments afterwards. Many Instructors later asked more information about her such as where she is from and who her Sifu was. Chloe also competed in traditional hand forms and captured the gold medal there as well.

Assistant Instructor Brandon Odoms was next in his division, and he took second in traditional long weapons, against very formidable opponents. Brandon Odoms was given very good compliments by Li Hu Men (six direction door) Kung Fu practitioner of twenty years.

The last division of the tournament was sparring, Chloe and Bradley both fought extremely well in their divisions giving them both first place. Brandon Odoms fought hard against his same opponent from last year, Ty Roberts. Ty Roberts is a Junior Olympic Champion and Brandon fought extremely well considering this fact. Brandon won the first round, but lost the next two giving him second place for his division.

Overall extremely proud of my students and their participation at this tournament, truly blessed to have great students. Everyone who competed in a division placed, no one walked away empty handed in a single division.

Total Tally
1st x 5
2nd x 3
3rd x 1

Tournament Results for 3-7-15

Saturday March 7, 2015 two warriors Chloe Gutierrez and Cosme Vasquez competed at the 35th annual Mid Valley Karate Championship held at Weslaco East High School. The tournament was held by Shihan Raul Cantu, the tournament had around 350 competitors. This tournament is one of the biggest Martial Arts tournaments in the Rio Grande Valley.

First up to compete was Chloe Gutierrez of Honorable Warrior Martial Arts in Harlingen, she started the day off by getting 3rd  in specialty (weapons) this was only her second time competing in this division, she did great. Next up was the forms division in which Cosme Vasquez took 2nd place not bad for his first time competing as a student from Honorable Warrior Martial Arts out of about thirteen competitors; he displayed a lot of great low stances, power, and speed. Next was Chloe Gutierrez, she received 1st place in her division out of an astonishing sixteen competitors, not an easy task. 

Next division was sparing which Cosme fought his way with speed and accuracy to receive 3rd place out of around eleven fighters. Next was Chloe who was undefeated at the tournament, but due to liability reasons she was not allowed to fight for the first place prize. Judges and the promoter of the tournament feared for safety due to the size difference in the six and seven year old division. Chloe fought twice and won both matches. 

Overall I Sifu Oscar am very proud of the hard work these students put in at the kwoon (kung fu school). If they continue this hard work they will go far in life, not just in martial arts, but any career they choose in the future. Thank you to the parents for all their efforts of driving the students to practice and tournaments, your children are truly blessed to have such great mentors in their lives. Congratulations to everyone I am truly blessed to have such great hard working students.

Fiesta de La Feria 2015

On February 28, 2015 students of Honorable Warrior Martial Arts in Harlingen put on a spectacular Kung Fu demonstration. Students who participated in this event were Assistant Instructor Brandon Odoms, Bradley Odoms, Sophia Castillo, Mia Castillo, Joseph Colon, Briana Colon, Isaiah Colon, Chloe Gutierrez, Cosme Vasquez, Pheobe Vasquez, Andy Macias, Ciara Perez, and Adrian Rosales.

All of the students put on a great show, people in the audience commented on how great everyone did. Honorable Warrior Martial Arts in Harlingen would like to thank the city of La Feria, and the committee responsible for putting on such a great event. This event was the Centennial Celebration as well as the 22nd annual Fiesta de La Feria, this is the second year in a row HWMA has attended this event. La Feria always does a great job of giving at putting on this event and making HWMA feel at home. I Sifu Oscar would like to thank all the students for putting hard work into making the demonstrations one of the best we have ever put on. I would also like to thank the parents for all the time and dedication they put towards the practices and the event.

Thank you everyone who made this event possible, I am truly blessed to have such a great group of
students, friends, parents, and family.

HWMA Tournament Results 2-14-15

Manuel Serano’s 10th annual Best of the Best Championship

On February 14, 2015, Chloe Gutierrez traveled to San Antonio to represent Honorable Warrior Martial Arts Harlingen. Chloe did more than just show up to represent, she dominated. This was the first time HWMA attended a TKO (Texas Karate Organization) event. This tournament did not have any other schools from the valley, this tournament had students from the San Antonio, Houston, Austin, and Dallas areas. This tournament was Manuel Serano's 10th annual Best of the Best championship. Manuel Serano put on a great smooth running tournament, lots of martial arts vendors were there, as well as nutritional vendors. The first event of the tournament was the forms division out of fifteen extremely talented 6-7 year old boys and girls  6 year old Chloe brought the 1st place championship to south Texas.

The next and final division was 6-7 year old girl point sparring. Chloe beat her first opponent with ease making her cry with the final kick to make the score six to zero. Chloe displayed honor as well as good sportsmanship telling her good job and giving her a hug. The next fight Chloe fought for was the championship fight. Chloe was ahead the entire fight by either one or two points, but at the last second Chloe did not block a back fist to the side of her head allowing the little girl to tie up the fight six to six. The two girls now had to face each other in sudden death, Chloe fought honorably and bravely but ended up walking away with 2nd place.

Overall I am very proud of Chloe Gutierrez, she tried her very best and that is all that matters. She has made me one happy Sifu, I look forward to seeing her as well as my other students compete at the upcoming tournaments.

Best Time to Start Martial Arts

Age and Martial Arts

As a martial arts instructor and school owner I get asked a lot, what is the best age to start martial arts. The answer is simple now is the time, not yesterday, not tomorrow. I have done some research to help show others when some of the greatest martial artist started training. The results are stunning, some started as young as seven while others started as old as 21. Many continue either fighting or making movies well into their late forties or fifties.

Martial Arts Movie Stars

(7) Jackie Chan known for his movies such as Rush Hour 1-3, Drunken Master, as well as others is one of the youngest martial arts movie stars to begin training at seven years old. He trained very hard for about ten years until he was about seventeen years old.

(8) Jet Li is another young martial arts movie star who began at eight years old. He began learning Wushu from Coach Wu Bin from the Beijing Wushu Team. Jet Li became a champion at twelve years old, beating many adults well into their mid to late twenties. Jet Li only studied the northern Wushu styles and did not practice the fighting aspect of Wushu or San Da at all and retired at age seventeen with the most consecutive championships in China.

(8) Bruce Lee known for Enter the Dragon, Fist of Fury and others began training Wu style Tai Chi at age eight from his father but was not a formal training environment. Bruce Lee began learning from a Chin Woo or Jing Mo master at age thirteen, but quit because he thought it was quite boring after about a year or two. Bruce began learning Wing Chun at age sixteen and left two the US for college at age eighteen. Bruce only learned from Yip Man for about two years, he did continue to learn and train with James Yimm Lee when he dropped out of college. Throughout his life his relatives learned fencing and picked up moves from them, and trained with boxers and Ed Parker’s Tae Kwon Do.

(11) Jean Claude Van Damme learned Shotokan Karate at age eleven. JCVD was also very fond of ballet, and weightlifting at an early age. Van Damme is known for his appearances in Blood Sport and Kick Boxer, he is not only a movie star, but was a professional fighter as well.

(18) Carlos “Chuck” Norris started martial arts while in the military around eighteen years old in Korea learning Tang Soo do. Chuck Norris won many martial arts tournaments and was very successful at opening martial arts schools back here in the US. Chuck Norris is also known for his appearances in Bruce Lee’s Enter the Dragon, and his own Walker Texas Ranger. 

(40) Robert Downey Jr. also known as Iron Man gives much credit to yoga, his wife, and Wing Chun training for his rehabilitation. Robert Downey Jr. began training Wing Chun at age forty. 

Professional Mixed Martial Artists

(7) Georges St. Pierre began Kyokushin Karate at age seven. He is very skilled in Boxing, Wrestling, and BJJ as well which he began at age twelve. His professional MMA career is 27-2 and is named one of the greatest fighters of all time by Bleachers Report.

(10) Cung Le began Tae Kwon Do at age ten, and wrestling at age fourteen in high school. Cung Le is known for his San shou/San da career which he began at age nineteen. He is undefeated in kickboxing with a record of 17-0 and an MMA record of 12-3.

(11) Ronda Rousey began her martial arts career at age eleven in Judo. Her mom and her began training together. She holds an Olympic bronze medal in Judo she began training mixed martial arts at age 21 her MMA record is 10-0. She is ranked number seven in UFC as pound for pound fighter. 

(12) Anderson Silva started Tae Kwon Do and Capoeira at age twelve, Muay Thai at age 16, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at 25. His MMA record is 39-6 holds the record for the longest title defense in UFC. As a pound for pound fighter he is ranked #16 by Bleacher Report, #8 by UFC, and #7 by ESPN.

(14) Jose Aldo felt the need to join Brazilian Capoeira at age fourteen, Moved to train Nova Uniao at age sixteen years old where he learned Muay Thai and BJJ. His MMA record is 25-1 he is not known by much in the UFC but he should be. He is a very impressive and skilled fighter. He is ranked by ESPN as #2 pound for pound fighter in the world.

(14) Jon Jones began martial arts career in High school Wrestling at age 14, continued to do college wrestling and did very well. Jones is ranked as a pound for pound fighter by ESPN and UFC as #1 in the world. His MMA record is almost perfect with a 20-1 record.

(20) Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino began training at the age of twenty. Justino trained at Chute Boxing Gym and the training fit like a glove since then she has a kickboxing record of 3-1, MMA record of 4-1, and took the gold in IBJJF World Championship in 2011 and 2012.

(22) Frank Shamrock considered dropping out of college, but his adopted father wouldn’t let him unless he joined Ken in learning submission wrestling. It turned out to be a great decision. With less than year of training he made his MMA appearance in Japan of 1994 with Pancrase an MMA organization. Bas Rutten was his opponent who Frank Shamrock defeated, Rutten would later become a UFC heavyweight champion. Shamrock too went on to win championships in UFC, WEC, and Strikeforce, he retired in 2010 at the age of 38.
(70) John Williams more information at bottom of article #

Other notable fighters that started in their late twenties are Amir Sadolah, Matt Mitrione, and Travis Browne just to name a few. It is not just about what age one starts, but about what age won continues as well. Professional MMA fighters Dan Henderson and Cung Le both continued to fight at forty-two. Randy Couture has fought into age forty-seven. 

# A fighter who needs more attention is Canadian man John Williams. Dr. John Williams was born in 1940 before breaking the record of the oldest PROFESSIONAL MMA fighter to set foot in the ring. Williams also broke other world records as well such as breaking multiple blocks of ice with a single punch (11 inches thick. 22 inches wide, 42 inches long, and 10 stacks high) This record still stands today. Next he spent 13 consecutive hours using nothing but judo throws. Seventy year old Williams set other records such as becoming the oldest debuting MMA fighter, and the oldest winning MMA fighter. Williams won by an ankle lock in the second round. 

One must not just start the fight, but finish the fight as well. It is not just about the age one starts, but about the age one can continue to train as well. As one can see there is no best age, or time to start. The best age and the best time to start is now. If one has always wanted to learn martial arts now is the time to do whether the individual is seven years old or seventy years old. Martial art is for anyone of any age, and any gender.

*All MMA records and world records that have been in this article were true as of December 27, 2014