Hosting 2010 United States Martial Arts Festival in L.A.
With over 1000 performers, supporters and audience, the highly anticipated and inaugural United States Martial Arts Festival™ 2010 was held on July 18, 2010 at the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center located in the City of Redondo Beach of Los Angeles. With plenty of free parking, the doors opened at 2:00 pm, and the various presentations and martial arts demonstrations ran from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm. The event was be locally televised by United Television Broadcasting (UTB) Hollywood and covered by various radio stations, magazines and newspapers to promote and celebrate the festival in the Los Angeles area.
Hosted by the United States Martial Arts Committee™, the purpose of the annual United States Martial Arts Festival™ charity event was to promote the arts and celebrate the international cultural community. A portion of the proceeds benefited the martial arts scholarship program of the KIF (http://koyamada.org), which used the funds to sponsor youth to enroll in a martial arts school in the United States.
Martial arts masters from many countries such as Japan, Korea, USA, China, Brazil, India, Israel and Thailand were strongly showing their support for this event by voluntarily performing their country’s martial arts for the added benefits of peace, unity and brotherhood.
Celebrity soprano singer Yolanda Mitchell West made a special guest appearance to sing the USA national anthem. The internationally famous Internet and television hostess Nia Lyte hosted the day’s event. The Festival’s celebrity special guest is Shin Koyamada (Star of the epic film The Last Samurai and Disney Channel’s internationally hit teen movie Wendy Wu Homecoming Warrior.).
Sponsors, schools and supporters have set up booths/tables to present and promote the organization. Food and beverages will be provided at the Center.
The event performers included Grandmaster Soke Kubota (International Karate Association), Grandmaster Fumio Demura (Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Genbu-Kai International), Grandmaster Tadashi Yamashita (Yamashita Shorin-Ryu Karate Association), Sifu Shi Yan Hui (California Shaolin Temple), Sifu Ken Hui (Northern Shaolin Kung Fu + Lion Dance) and Sifu Kisu (Harmonious Fist Chinese Athletic Association), Grandmaster Lion C. Choi (Tae Kwon Do), Roy Elghanayan (Krav Maga Los Angeles), James E. West II (Brian Hawkins’ American Kenpo Karate), Grandmaster Chul Jin Kim (Hapkido/Chul Jin Martial Arts), Master Ted Tetsuyasu Uekuma (South Bay Shorinji Kempo), The Ruffo Brothers and Kung Gu Rinpoche (Kadanmpa Temple). The event also featured traditional dancers and China’s Lion Dance.
The event sponsors included the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles, The Japan Foundation in Los Angeles, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), Bridge USA, UTB Hollywood, Team J Station (TJS), Sanuki no sato Restaurant, Shin Sen Gumi Group, Sushiboy, Golden Style LIVE, Shinca Design, Claudia Hallowell, Dora Solinas, S&L Management, Inc, My4life, METAL Law Group, IACE Travel, Koyamada Performing Arts Company, Vivalachi, FIECY, International Martial Arts Goodwill Ambassadors Committee (IMAGAC) and many more.