2018 Texas AOK State Championships

2018 Texas AOK State Championships

Prelude To The Event

2018 has been a busy year for the Texas AOK with its 40th anniversary celebration and everything from a new upgraded web site to a group of new producers and a new leadership headed up by D.E Chambers.

The AOK has partnered up with some sophisticated tech savvy Webb people who have created a simple and user friendly registration access. The results from every tournament are posted with an easy list of the top competitors that can be viewed at the touch of a button. EventsReg.Org and its integrated events management have served the AOK well.

Beautiful Galveston Texas hosted this year’s December 14th and 15th 40th anniversary AOK state championships with the beautiful and elegant San Luis Convention Center as the venue. The convention Center is located right on the seawall boulevard with an awesome view of the Gulf of Mexico. It is centrally located and offering easy access to Galveston’s best attractions.

The Texas AOK has a history of excellence with some of the greatest martial artists in the world competing and attending. The original tournaments were considered extremely prestigious and sought after as prized additions to one’s record. It still holds the same prestige today with many of the best champions in Texas seeking to make their mark in history. In a time of technology the human element that martial arts competition provides fills one’s desires for excellence and the confidence of knowing that you are able to be something that transcends time and technology. It will never become obsolete.

The Showdown

As Friday the 14th rolled around I felt the usual exhilaration of competition but having been in countless championships I felt complacent and had the added confidence of a high degree of preparation. Driving to Galveston was a pleasant experience knowing old friends would be there and the prospect of world class competition.

After a period of initial customary proceedings the Friday night competition began. Friday night was a scheduled for all adult and junior weapons, musical specialty, Black belt kata/forms, self-defense, team kata/forms, Junior/adult physically challenged and board breaking. Impressive competition played out with many of the AOK’s top champions taking things to the next level.

The judging was performed by the producers as head judges with qualified and well known black belts from around the state making sure the best possible results were possible. All leagues struggle with uncompromised judging with no politics and as far as I could see the AOK provided competent and experienced side judging at this event. Having known many of the black belts at this event for many years I believe they all were concerned about fairness. These people are not paid to do judging and only do it out of their love of the martial arts.

A big surprise to me was the awards. I was kind of hoping for something different this year and the AOK did not let us down. We received beautiful AOK State Championship rings that bore the AOK logo with the diamond encrusted words state champion on the edge. We were also given beautiful embroidered uniform tops with the biggest AOK medallions I have ever seen at the state championships and they matched the rings. The AOK leadership is to be complemented on the awards.

Saturday’s competition started on time with under belt forms and sparring dominating the bulk of the 40,000 square foot conference hall. The place was crowded with an army of junior and adult under black belts and spectators. Many amazing performances were done to the applause of the crowds. The whole Saturday’s event ran smoothly due to efficient and well-choreographed staging by the staff of the AOK. The event finalized by 4 pm with the black belt sparring. Some of the 1st and 2nd place adult black belt fighters were to be ran off during the nighttime awards banquet.

The Banquet and fights

The awards banquet got off to a start with the usual pomp and ceremony then a an amazing demonstration on stage while the buffet dinner was served. Special hall of fame awards were given out by Gary Lee and the Sport Karate Museum to Linda Denley, George Minshew, Chuck Timmons and dozen other AOK producers.

The Black belt sparring matches were finalized with some exciting and unusual results. In the first fight with Matt Tyler against Jesus Ruiz saw Mr Ruiz bowing out with a sprained ankle. Then Ashley Woods Tyler overcame Kelly Schultz in a close but action packed fight in the women’s point sparring division. The 55 plus fighters were Charles Shedd and Luis Vazquez. Louis Vasquez overcame Charles Shedd for his state sparring championship. Then Clarence Bowman took out Terry Voorhies to win the 45 plus light weight men’s sparring division.

The 32 plus black belt women’s light weight sparring was a battle between Cricket Torres and Sallie Pannebacker. The fight ended with Sallie winning the State Championship. Tia Buras won the women’s adult fly division. One of the battle royals was Daniel Perez’s win over Robert Loar as Daniel showed why he is one of this year’s top fighters.

Then two Texas legends Larry Fields and Walter Bryant went toe to toe in one of the hardest hitting fights of the event. Walters lightning back fist overcame Larry’s power blitzes. Jiran Walker emerged once again as State Champion over Rory Holms with his back to back 2017 and 2018 men’s 35 plus heavy weight wins, last year he won the men’s adult state championship.

The last stage fight of the night was one of the most exciting and entertaining as the ever entertaining Jecobie Gilder launched himself at Jordan Doss in what can only be described as a demonstration of aerodynamics and speed as Jecobie ended up launching his way to the 2018 men’s black belt light weight sparring championships.

**Alma Voorthies was awarded person of the year to add to her list of accomplishments this year. ** Ek Roymann was awarded the Rookie of the year. Both received their wins on stage with the AOK president D.E Chambers and other board members.

The Golden Greek winners were as follows:

Adult Black Belt Executives – Alma Voothies and husband Terry Voorthies.
Adult Black Belt – Matt Tyler and wife Ashley Tyler
Junior Black Belt – Evan Tomastik and Sister Avery Tomastik

Being a many time world and national champion and having competed at many Texas State Championships from several Texas organizations over several decades I can certify that this event was one of the best I have attended. I also competed in this AOK State Finals and observed a well-run event attended by over 600 competitors through its 2 days. This year for the first time wild card martial artist were allowed to compete making an even mix of talent and lending to a greater legitimacy of the titles.

Winners – 1st place state champions

Kata/Forms and Specialty Divisions

H-1 Junior Handy Capable………………….Casey Heinz

H-2 Adult Handy Capable…………………..Atrain Smith

D-1 Demonstration mixed ranks……..…Mia Carmona

F-1 Under 5yr Forms M/F…………………..Liam Curry

F-2 6/7yrs Beginner Forms M/F………….Demi Rodriguez

F-3 6/7yrs Intermediate Forms M/F…..Emma Pollone

F-4 6/7yrs Advanced Forms M/F …..…..Seth Day

F-5 8/9yrs Beginner Forms M/F………….Aaron Lewis

F-6 8/9yrs Intermediate Forms M/F…..Ejona Morrow

F-7 8/9yrs Advanced Forms M/F………..Isaiah Argumaniz

F-8 10/11 Beginner Forms M/F.………….Preston Nguyen

F-9 10/11 Intermediate Forms M/F…….Ariana Saludares

F-10 10/11 Advanced Forms M/F……….Yzabel Mangilit

F-11 10/11 Black Belt M/F…………………..Brandon Martinez

F-12 12/13 Beginner M/F…………………….Fernando Delgado

F-13 12/13 Intermediate M/F……………..Austin Fuentes

F-14 12/13 Advanced M/F…………………..Kamron Nowlin

F-15 12/13 Black Belt M/F…………………..Avery Tomastik

F-16 14/15 Beginner M/F…………………….Gisselle Martinez

F-17 14/15 Intermediate M/F……………..Ariadne Quintana

F-18 14/15 Advanced M/F…………………..Ray Marshall

F-19 14/15 Black Belt M/F…………………..Christopher Garcia

F-20 16/17 Beginner M/F…………………….Francisco Garcia

F21 16/17 Intermediate M/F………………..Jerrell Britton

F22 16/17 Advanced M/F……………………..Simon Stuart

F23 16/17 Black Belt M/F……………………..Matthew Mitchell

F24 Adult Black belt Female forms……….Abigail Rangel

F25 Adult Intermediate Female Forms….Sheila Anderson

F26 Adult Advanced Female forms………..Latricia Jackson

F27 Adult beginner Male Forms…………….Stephen Gillentine

F28 Adult intermediate Male Forms………Jesse Sanchez

F29 Adult Advanced Male Forms……………Randall Morton

F30 Adult 18+ Black Belt Female Forms….Ashley Woods Tyler

F31 Adult 32+ Black Belt Female Forms…..Adriana Torres

F32 Adult 18+ Black Belt Male Forms………Matt Tyler

F33 Adult 35+ Black Belt Male Forms………Alan Oshea

F34 Adult 42+ Black Belt Female Forms…..Alma Voorhies

F35 Adult 45+ Black Belt Male Forms………Johnnie Murphy

F36 Adult 18+ M/F Black Belt Soft Forms..Tony Huynh

F37 Adult 18+ M/F Black Belt Trad Forms..Emily Soriano

F38 Adult 35+ M/F Black Belt Trad Forms..Jason Castro

F39 10/17 M/F Black Belt Trad forms……….Matthew Mitthew

M-1 -11 Beginner M/F Specialty Forms…….Aaron Lewis

M-2 -11 Intermediate M/F Specialty Frm…Alijah Acosta

M-3 -11 Advanced M/F Specialty Forms…..Yzabel Mangilit

M-4 -11 Black Belt M/F Specialty Forms…..Brandon Martinez

M-5 12/17 beg, M/F Specialty Forms…..…..Desiree Hernandez

M-6 12/17 Inter, M/F Specialty forms………Christopher Price

M-7 12/17 adv, M/F Specialty Forms.……….Kamron Nowlin

M-8 12/17 Black Belt M/F Specialty, Frm….Matthew Mitchell

M-9 Adult Beg,Int,Adv Specialty Forms……Mezi Gradel

M-10 Adult 18+ Black Belt Specialty Frm….Larry Fields

M-11 Adult 35+ Black Belt Specialty Frm….Johnnie Murphy

M-12 Adult 18+ Black Belt Weapons Frm….Johnnie Murphy

M-13 Team Forms M/F………………………………Jorge Aguilar

M-14 Self Defense -17 M/F Beg,Int,Adv…… Arthur Burnett

M-15 Self Defense -17 M/F Black Belt……….Rowan Schultz

M-16 Self Defense 18+ M/F Beg,Int,Adv…..Leslie Newcomb

M-17 Self Defense 18+ M/F Black Belt………Robert Loar

S-1 under 5yr female sparring…………………..Brook Deville

S-2 under 5yr male Sparring……………………..Joshua Cranick

S-3 6/7 beg female sparring………………………Demi Rodriguez

S-4 6/7 intermediate female…………………….Scylar McInroe

S-5 6/7 advanced female sparring…………….Emily Montenegro

S-6 8/9 beginner female sparring……………..Autumn Pereira

S-7 8/9 intermediate female sparring……….Mariela Gaspar

S-8 8/9 advanced female sparring…………….Alexis Palomo

S-9 10/11 beg female sparring…………………..Raven Washington

S-10 10/11 int female sparring……………….…Ariana Saludares

S-11 10/11 adv female sparring ……………….Yzabel Mangilit

S-12 10/11 black belt female sparring……….Angelique Knight

S-13 12/13 beg female sparring…………………Faith Hernandez

S-14 12/13 int female sparring………………….Yaira Zavala

S-15 12/13 adv female sparring………………..Jasmin Mascorro

S-16 12/13 black belt female sparring……….Avery Tomastik

S-17 14/15 beg female sparring…………………Victoria Torres

S-18 14/15 int female sparring….………………Zahira Trujillo

S-19 14/15 adv female sparring………………..Megan Moss

S-20 14/15 Black Belt female Sparring………Erin Lewis

S-22 16/17 Int female sparring………………….Taylor Piper

S-23 16/17 adv female sparring…………………Patricia Ortiz

S-24 16/17 black belt female sparring……….Kimberly Morales

S-25 6/7 beg male sparring………….……………. Ira Silva

S-26 6/7 int male sparring………….……………… John Paul Castillo

S-27 6/7 adv male sparring…………………………Mason Maloney

S-28 8/9 beg male sparring………………………… Yurem Quiroz

S-29 8/9 int male sparring………………………….Andrew Flores

S-30 8/9 adv male sparring………………………… Anthony Perez

S-31 10/11 beg male sparring…………………….. Ajye Chapman

S-32 10/11 int male sparring……………………….Alfredo Garcia

S-33 10/11 adv male sparring………………………Edgar Camargo

S-34 10/11 black belt male sparring…..………..Abdulhadi Iqbal

S-35 12/13 beg male sparring………………………Kemarr Taylor

S-36 12/13 int male sparring…..……………………Brooks Cesan

S-37 12/13 adv male sparring……………………….Angel Quintana

S-38 12/13 black belt male sparring..……………Gerardo Padilla

S-39 14/15 beg male sparring……………………….Alex Rogers

S-40 14/15 int male sparring……………………..….Robert Stewart

S-41 14/15 adv male sparring………………………. Fabian Carrera

S-42 14/15 black belt male sparring……………… Evan Tomastik

S-43 16/17 beg male sparring………………………..Raymond Jenkins

S-44 16/17 int male sparring………………………….Andrew Serna

S-45 16/17 adv male sparring…………………………Simon Stuart

S-46 16/17 black belt male sparring………………..Kevin Torres

S-47 18+ beg female sparring………………………….Jordan Ruiz

S-49 18+ adv female sparring………………………….Latricia Jackson

S-50 32+ beg female sparring………………………….Joanna Coy

S-51 32+ int female sparring……………………………Angela Fontenot

S-52 32+ adv female sparring………………………….Rebecca Jewell

S-53 18+ beg male light wt sparring………………..Timothy Longoria

S-54 18+ beg male heavy wt sparring………………Shannon Rogers

S-55 18+ int male light wt sparring…………………. Saidel Mondragon

S-57 18+ adv male light wt sparring…..…………….Roman Decena

S-59 35+ beg male sparring………………………………Joe Saldana

S-60 35+ int male sparring………………………………..Jeremy Hart

S-61 35+ adv male sparring……………………………….Randall Morton

S-62 18+ black Belt fly wt female sparring………..Tia Buras

S-63 18+ black belt light wt female sparring………Ashley Woods Tyler

S-64 32+ black belt fly wt female sparring…………Alma Voorhies

S-65 32+ black belt light wt female sparring………Sallie Pannebacker

S-66 18+ black belt male light wt sparring………….Jecobie Gilder

S-67 18+ black belt male middle wt sparring………Matt Tyler

S-68 18+ black belt male heavy wt sparring………..Jesus Ruiz

S-69 35+ black belt male light wt sparring…………..Jiran Walker

S-70 35+ black belt male heavy wt sparring………..Daniel Perez

S-71 45+ black belt male light wt sparring…………..Clarence Bowman

S-72 45+ black belt male heavy wt sparring………..Walter Bryant

S-73 55+ black belt male sparring……………………….Louis Vazquez

Breaking Divisions

The breaking divisions were officiated by World Champion Breaker Larry Fields.

Larry was assisted with a number of top breakers around the state of Texas as officials. The breaking divisions were amazing to watch with some incredible demonstrations of skill. Larry and his championship school are to be commended on a well-run breaking event specialty.

The Breaking Champions were:

B-1 Power Wood – Hand/Elbow 17 & under Under belt……. Christian Jensen

B-2 Power Wood – Hand/Elbow 18+ adult under belt.………. Rodney Brown

B-3 Power Wood – Hand/Elbow 18+ Adult black belt………… Robert Loar

On a special note:

As part of the Texas AOK State championships a comedy Show was in concert Friday night in the ballroom after the 1st night’s competition.
A group of professional Comedians were in action as one of the best comedy shows I have seen anywhere. These guys came from all over the country and a couple had appeared in recent movies. No kidding they had the audience rolling around and laughing.

This was a no holds barred show with nothing sacred and nobody was safe as members of the audience were enlisted in the comedy mayhem. It made for a memorable experience and a first for me because I’ve never been to a martial arts event where a comedy show was part of the festivities. No one was safe as the great champion Linda Denely became part of the act as she was singled out by one of the comedians. What ensued can only be described and a display of impromptu and bazar comedy fun.

Thank you Texas AOK for a great and amazing event.