Today we celebrate the birthday of 1st generation disciple, 5th degree Black Belt Master, IBFDA Board Member, International Referee level “A”, and all around amazing woman: Master Futini!
Master Futini began her training in 1988 and earned her black belt in 1992, the first female of Bok-Fu-Do certified personally by Grandmaster Richard Lee. Ms. Futini is a 1st Generation Disciple under Grandmaster Richard Lee since 2002. She holds the rank of 5th Degree Black Belt in Bok-Fu-Do and the rank of 5th Tuan under The World Kuo Shu Federation.
Master Futini has competed in four World Kuo Shu Tournaments. She was a member of the Lei Tai team representing the United States at the 7th and 8th ICKF World Kuoshu Championships in the Republic of China (1992 & 1996). Additionally, she competed in forms and weapons at the 1st TWKSF World Kuo Shu Tournament in Brazil, 2003 and at the 2nd TWKSF World Kuo Shu Tournament in Singapore, 2006.
Master Funtini was one of the first two women ever to earn her International Certified Referee ‘A’ level through the World Kuoshu Federation. She represented the United States as an Executive Referee at the 1st TWKSF World Kuo Shu Tournament in Brazil, and has served the TWKSF as an International Referee from 2002-2016.
Master Futini has been a tournament director for regional, national, and international kuoshu tournaments. She has promoted and directed countless tournaments, fundraisers, seminars, and events for Richard Lee’s East West Kung Fu since 1989. She has also produced Black Belts John Worden and Ethan Silverman and is a Senior Advisor for the Advanced Women’s Training at Richard Lee’s East-West Kung-Fu.
On a day to day basis, Master Futini is assisting the instructor class and helping to groom the next generation of Bok Fu Do black belt leaders.
Master Funiti, we appreciate all that you have done to promote Bok Fu Do and help all the staff and students over the years. You have set a great example for the men and women of our great system, and we look forward to many more years and kung fu adventures together. May all your hearts dearest wishes come true today and all the days of your life!
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