Tiger Claw and Disney’s Martial Arts Festival Announce the Creation of a New National Martial Arts Tournament Championship

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Martial Arts Equipment manufacturer Tiger Claw and Disney's Wide World of Sports have created a new national championship for amateur martial artists. There are 10 regional qualifying tournaments leading up to the Elite Championship held at Disney's Wide World of Sports in the Disney World complex near Orlando Florida. The event was created to give new opportunities to amateur competitors for exposure and recognition.

TIGER CLAW and Disney's Martial Arts Festival have announced the creation of a new national championship of martial arts tournaments. Throughout 2006, 10 qualifying tournaments will take place across the United States. Winners of qualifying tournaments will be eligible to advance to the Tiger Claw Elite National Championship as part of Disney's Martial Arts Festival being held October 27-29, 2006 at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex in the Walt Disney World Resort, near Orlando Florida. TIGER CLAW and Disney's Martial Arts Festival started this new championship so martial arts competitors from different existing circuits, organizations and schools can come together and compete. Commenting on the announcement, Tiger Claw President Thomas Oh said, "Tiger Claw is excited to partner with and assist Disney Sports Attractions In this groundbreaking endeavor. This level of commitment to amateur martial arts competition by a company of Disney's stature is unprecedented."

The announcement was made at the KA Open/LA Sheriff's cup -- an over-1,000-competitor tournament held annually at the LA Sports Arena. The 2005 KA Open hosted the inaugural Tiger Claw Elite Championship, and will be hosting one of the qualifying events for the 2006 Championship. Disney Sports Attractions representative Fred Schoeler, who made the announcement, closed his speech with this challenge, "Remember this next year when you compete in Washington DC, or San Diego, or Wyoming, or wherever you compete, and you become the best of the best in that city, don't be surprised if someone taps you on the shoulder and asks you the question, 'now that you've won that championship, what are you going to do next?' Your answer is simply, 'I'm going to Walt Disney World®'."

The Championship will be advertised in national martial arts focused media, and featured heavily on Tiger Claw's website where competitors will be tracked tournament-by tournament. The champions of the 2006 Elite Championship will be eligible to become featured models for the following year, as well as role models for younger martial artists.

The confirmed participating tournaments are:

Disney's Martial Arts Qualifier, Disneyland® Resort, Anaheim, CA, January 6-7, 2006

RDK's Ultimate National Championship, Santa Clara, CA, May 5-6, 2006

Western Wyoming Championship, Green River, WY, May 20, 2006

San Diego Grand Nationals, San Diego, CA, May 20-21, 2006

Long Beach Karate Internationals, Long Beach, CA, July 28-30, 2006

Slug Fest Internationals, New Orleans, LA, July, 2006

US Capitol Classics, Washington, D.C., August 11-13, 2006

Las Vegas Legacy Internationals, Las Vegas, NV, September 1-3

Ka Open / La Sheriff's Cup, Los Angeles, CA, September, 2006

Kick/USA State Championship, TBA, FL, September 15-16


Tiger Claw has been a high-end manufacturer and distributor of martial arts supplies for over 20 years. The Tiger Claw product line covers all areas of martial arts supplies from protective gear to uniforms to swords. Tiger Claw operates two facilities -- in Fremont, California and Knoxville, Tennessee. Tiger Claw publishes Claw Marks -- the largest circulation martial arts business newsletter in America, and the popular newsstand magazine Kung Fu Tai Chi. Tiger Claw Media International produces high quality instructional DVDs in all areas of martial arts.

Full tournament details, contact information for individual promoters and registration materials can be found on TigerClaw.com. For additional information please call Jennifer Oh at (865) 687-1000 or e-mail Jennifer at tn@tigerclaw.com

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