On June 27, 2013 our martial arts school traveled to Las Vegas with a total of 17 testers and competitors to participate in the 2013 Las Vegas Event and World Cup Championships.
Day one of this 4 day event began with a kid’s test where spectators included Kenpo family from all over the world as well as 19 much esteemed black belt judges. Among those testers were our very own Arin Boyadjian, who tested for her kid’s advanced black belt and graduating the Kenpo kids program; Sevag Tifranian, who tested for 2nd Degree Brown Belt, and Isabella Tifranian, who tested for 1st Degree Brown belt. Immediately after the kid’s test began the famous Jeff Speakman adult test took place.
Brown and black belts from all over the world in the Jeff Speakman franchise schools participated and tested in a 3 hour long test judged by some of martial arts greatest, including Master Jeff Speakman, Hanshi Lou Angel, Mr. Mills Crenshaw, Mr. Paul Dye, Mr. Tommy Chavies, Mr. John Sepulveda, Mr. Eric Lee, Mrs. Jaki McVicar, Mr. Todd Nathanson, Mr. Dan Laxson, Mr. Willy Steele, Benny “The Jet” Urquidez, Mr. Ariel Mosses, Mr. Richard Post, Hanshi Sawyer, Mr. Andy Dowdell, Mr. Barney & Paul Coleman, and Grandmaster Mahon.
This adult test went down in Kenpo 5.0 history as Mr. Speakman’s top guys performed with the Kenpo spirit that only a Jeff Speakman black belt can. The Leader of these testers was our very own Sensei Antranig (Anto) Parseghian who became the first 6th degree black belt under Master Jeff Speakman.
From our school were also the rest of our black belt instructors and students who tested for their next rank: Sensei Berj Parseghian who became a 5th degree black belt, Sensei Artour Martirosyan 4th degree black belt, Sensei Marine Parseghian 4th degree black belt, Sensei Nareene Karakashian 3rd Degree, Sensei Chad Bauer 3rd degree, Sensei Russell Hall 3rd degree, Sensei Ani Boyadjian 2nd degree, and Sensei Haig Barsoumian receiving his 1st degree black belt. Needless to say it was an epic day for our entire school as well as a personal and emotional victory for each of students who reached their own goals. The night was especially memorable for those who have a close relationship with Mr. Speakman and have witnessed his battle and triumph with cancer in the past few months. We felt alive with his energy and love for life during our test and to this day had to be the best test the judges have seen in all of our years in the art.
The events continued the next two days with tournament competitions in the World Cup Championships where 11 countries were present with their best of the best. Our school of competitors did such an amazing job in all divisions of this events and whether or not they won had a great time gaining experience and competing with fellow Kenpoist from other Jeff Speakman schools. Our school took home the very first overall Team Demonstration trophy which we are so proud of. Individually, our students did great in each divisions placing at least 3rd, 2nd, or 1st in their forms, self-defense and/or fighting competitions. Our school returned with 8 Forms trophies, 7 Self-Defense trophies, & 7 Fighting trophies.
In addition, we brought home some impressive Grand Championship trophies. Earning World Titles in the following divisions, out of 250 competitors… Sensei Anto won Grand Champion in Forms and Grand Champion in Self-Defense. Sensei Berj took the world title for Grand Champion in 5.0 fighting. Sensei Ani won her two Junior Grand Championship titles in Forms and in Self-defense.
We are so proud of each and every student who had the courage just to compete in this amazing and challenging tournament.
Congratulations to all of our dedicated students and to our amazing school!