***Disclaimer: Many apologies for the late post, but the internet connection in Argentina was hard to come by. It was set to post yesterday on the 28th, so although this post is late, it is still very much heart-felt!
On September 28th, we celebrated the birthday of a very special woman of Bok Fu Do: Master Futini. She has been involved with East West Kung Fu for almost three decades now, and was a pioneer in the system and in martial arts in general for many more generations of students that followed her.
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. She 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.
Norma 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 2002-2009.
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 since 1989. Master Futini has 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.
Master Futini, we wish you all the best on your special day today and we hope you have a wonderful, happy, healthy birthday now and forever. Happy Birthday!
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