Wednesday, August 16, 2017

AWARDS

 

LifeForce Fighter Group Championships Awards Earned 2008

...Only 4 Fighter Group Team Members this year. But they made a "MARK" in regional, and even, world competition...
ROBERT LINDLER won a Black Belts for Christ Championship in the 9-10 Boys Sparring. He also was the Runner-up in 9-10 Weapons and placed 5th in 9-10 Forms.
MARK LAUGHLIN won Championships in 4(!) different organizations:
For the Martial Arts Tournament Tour (The MATT), he won championships in 35+ Sparring, Novice (m); 18+ Traditional Forms, Novice (m/f); 18+ Traditional Weapons, Novice-1st Intermediate (m/f); 18+ Open Forms, Novice (m); and 35+ Open Forms, Novice (m).
For the DOJO Organization, Mr. LAUGHLIN won championships in 35+ Sparring, Novice (m); 18+ Open Kata, Novice (m); 35+ Open Kata, Novice-1st Intermediate (m); 18+ Weapons, Novive-1st Intermediate (m/f); and 35+ Weapons, Novice-1st Intermediate (m/f).
Competing in the Tournament Competitors Tour (TCT), he won championships in 35+ Sparring, Novice (m); 18+ Traditional Forms, Novice-1st Intermediate (m/f); 35+ Traditional Forms, Novice-1st Intermediate (m/f); 18+ Contemporary Forms, Novice (m/f); 35+ Contemporary Forms, Novice-1st Intermediate (m/f); and 18+ Contemporary Weapons, Novice (m/f).
(...deep breath...)
At the Sport Karate International League (SKIL) World Championships Mr. LAUGHLIN won World Championships in 18+ Creative Weapons, Novice-Intermediate (m/f); 18+ Creative Open Hand Forms, Novice-Intermediate (m); and 35+ Creative Open Hand Forms, Novice-Intermediate (m).
He was the Runner-up in 18+ Point Sparring, Novice Heavy 173.8+; and 35+ Point Sparring, Novice; and also the 2nd Runner-up in 18+ Traditional Forms, Open Hand, Novice-Int. (m/f).
MARK LAUGHLIN was inducted into the TCT Hall of Fame - Overall Adult Under Belt Points Champion and the Black Warrior Martial Arts Hall of Honors - 2008 Martial Artist of the Year.
(...whew! Dr./Mr. Laughlin has a lot of titles and nicknames "Samurai," "Cerebral Assassin," etc. At this point, probably, "Team," short for "Team of One," is best descriptive.)

CHELSA GOWER was the Karate for Christ World Champion in 3 divisions. She won championships in 14-15 Girls, Advanced Forms; 14-15 Girls, Advanced Weapons; 14-15 Girls, Advanced Sparring.
Also competing in the Tournament Competitors Tour (TCT), Ms. GOWER won championships in 15-17 Traditonal Forms (m/f) and 15-17 Hard/Soft Creative Weapons(f).
Finally, BILLEE PURVIS competed at the Karate for Christ World Championships and won championships in Executive Men, 45 & Over, Black Belt Forms; Executive Men, 45 & Over, Black Belt Weapons; and Executive Men, 45 & Over, Black Belt Sparring.

 

LifeForce Fighter Group Championship Awards Earned 2007

Twelve (12!) members of LifeForce's Fighter Group Competition Team won Black Belts for Christ (BBFC) State Championships in 2007. ROBERT LINDLER won championships in 7-8 Beginner Forms & Male Sparring Divisions. MICHAEL ROBERTS won championships in 11-12 Beginner Forms, Weapons & Male Sparring. HELEN WALKUP won the championship in 13-14 Intermediate Female Sparring. CHRISTINE PARHAM won the championship in 17-18 Intermediate Female Sparring. DEREK FISH won championships in 17-18 Intermediate Forms, Weapons & Male Sparring. MATTHEW BESSER won championships in 13-14 Advanced Forms, Weapons & Male Sparring. SALOMON SMITH won the championship for 11-12 Black Belt Male Sparring. MASON HATCHER won the championship in 13-14 Black Belt Male Sparring. CHELSA GOWER won championships in 13-14 Black Belt Forms, Weapons & Female Sparring. JONATHAN MEADE tied (w/B Smith) for the championships in 15-16 Black Belt Forms & Weapons and outright won the championship in Male Sparring. BRYANNA SMITH tied (w/J Meade) for the championships in 15-16 Black Belt Forms & Weapons and outright won the championship in Female Sparring. CHARLIE MEADE won the championship in 17-18 Black Belt Forms, Weapons & Male Sparring.

The BBFC Grand Championship is the award for earning the most points in a division without regard to state (keeping in mind that for 2007 BBFC had competitors from four states: N Carolina, S Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. This is, essentially, the circuit champion for the division.) Ten members of the Fighter Group also won BBFC Grand Championships. ROBERT LINDLER won in his Sparring division. MICHAEL ROBERTS won in his Forms, Weapons & Sparring divisions. HELEN WALKUP won in her Sparring division. CHRISTINE PARHAM won in her Sparring division. DEREK FISH won in his Weapons & Sparring divisions. MASON HATCHER won in his Sparring division. CHELSA GOWER won in her Forms, Weapons & Sparring divisions. JONATHAN MEADE won in his Forms & Sparring divisions. BRYANNA SMITH won in her Weapons & Sparring divisions. CHARLIE MEADE won in his Weapons & Sparring divisions.

 

LifeForce Fighter Group Championship Awards Earned 2006 

Three members of LifeForce's Fighter Group Competition Team won Black Belts for Christ (BBFC) State Championships in 2006. CHELSA GOWER won championships in the 13-14 Black Belt Forms Division & 13-14 Female Black Belt Sparring Division. CHARLIE MEADE won the championship in the 17-18 Black Belt Weapons Division. MASON HATCHER won championships in the 13-14 Black Belt Weapons Division and the 13-14 Male Black Belt Sparring Division.

MS. GOWER also won the BBFC Grand Championship in the 13-14 Female Black Belt Sparring Division.


LifeForce Fighter Group Championship Awards Earned 2004 

Two members of LifeForce's Fighter Group Competition Team won Martial Arts Tournament Tour (MATT) Championships in 2004. JOSHUA STALEY won championships in the 15-17 Black Belt Creative Forms Division and the 16-17 Black Belt Boys Sparring Division. BILLEE PURVIS won the championship in the Senior Creative/Musical Weapons Division. He finished 5th at the National Blackbelt Leauge (NBL) World Games. Mr. PURVIS also represented Team Unity in 2004.

A third Fighter Group member, LATRILLE ADAMS earned national honors when she finished 4th place in Senior Women's Advanced Sparring at the Amateur Nationals also promoted by the NBL.

 

LifeForce Fighter Group State & Regional Championship Awards Earned 2003 

One member of LifeForce's Fighter Group Competition Team won a South Carolina Sport Karate Association (SCSKA) State Championship in 2003. LATRILLE ADAMS won the championship in the Senior Womens 2nd Intermediate to Advanced Sparring.

STEPHANIE ADAMS (Latrille's daughter), competed in intermediate divisions at the beginning of the year and finished the year competing in advanced divisions. Although she did not win a championship, she was right up at the top in every division in which she competed.

STEPHANIE ADAMS was 1st Runner-Up in the 12-13 Girls Novice to 1st Intermediate Sparring; 1st Runner-Up in the 12-13 Girls 2nd Intermediate to Advanced Sparring; 3rd Runner-Up in the 12-13 Intermediate Contemporary Weapons; 2nd Runner-Up in the 12-13 Advanced Contemporary Weapons; and 2nd Runner-Up in the 12-13 Advanced Traditional Forms.

 

LifeForce Fighter Group State & Regional Championship Awards Earned 2002 

Three members of LifeForce's Fighter Group Competition Team won South Carolina Sport Karate Association (SCSKA) State Championships in 2002. DEREK RAST won championships in the 11-12 Intermediate Traditional Forms Division and the 11-12 Intermediate Contemporary Weapons Divisions. CHRIS QUICKMIRE won the championship in the 15-17 Creative Forms Division. BILLEE PURVIS won championships in the Senior Creative/Musical Forms Division, the Senior Hard Open Weapons Division and the Lightweight Senior Point Sparring Division. (This makes the 5th year in a row MR. PURVIS has won a "triple crown.")

Both MR. QUICKMIRE and MR. PURVIS also won Southern Karate League (SKL) Regional Championships. MR. QUICKMIRE won in the same forms division in which he won the state championship. MR.PURVIS won in the same senior weapons and sparring divisions in which he won state championships.