Today we are celebrating the birthday of a very special person: Mr. Collin Lee!
Collin Lee began his martial arts training when he was only 3 1⁄2 years old. In 2003, he became the youngest student ever to earn a Bok Fu Do black belt at thirteen years old. Mr. Lee has been a disciple under Grandmaster Richard Lee since 2005.
Mr. Collin Lee’s competition experience is extensive. He competed in his first tournament at four years old and has been going strong ever since. He has traveled the world competing and has amassed a collection of gold medals too many to count. At the International Kuo Shu Championships in Baltimore, MD, Collin set a school record by competing and medaling in sixteen divisions in 2002, 2003 and 2004. His efforts were a major factor in Richard Lee’s West Coast Team winning the Wang Chueh Jen Cup for overall team Grand Champion. Even today, Grandmaster Lee and Master Buckley often banter that Collin would have placed second in the tournament those years all by himself.
Says Master Buckley, “I’ve worked with Collin since he was three and half and he’s always been a great kid. For all those kids that want to be like Collin his secret to success is simple – he listened to what I and the other teachers told him and he did exactly that. He’s the most respectful, conscientious, hard working kid I’ve ever worked with. And the results of those traits speak for themselves.”
In 2003, Collin won Most Outstanding Youth Competitor at the 1st TWKSF World Kuo Shu Tournament. In 2005, Collin was named Youth Competitor of the Year by Inside Kung Fu magazine. He has won the USKSF Youth Competitor of the Year four times (2002-2005). Collin was an Olympic hopeful for the 2008 games in Beijing, China where it was planned to introduce Chinese martial arts (modern Wushu) for the first time. Unfortunately, it did not come to pass as the International Olympic Committee postponed consideration of modern Wushu’s inclusion to a future date.
In 2009, Collin qualified for the United States Lei Tai team, earning his first national championship fighting full contact. He went on to represent the United States at the 3rd TWKSF World Kuo Shu Championships in Germany later that same year and took home a silver medal. At the same event, Collin won gold in the open hand form division as well as both long and short weapon divisions. In 2012, Collin qualified for the United States Lei Tai team to earn his second national championship. Only months later, he realized his dream of becoming the World Champion by taking first in his weigh class at the 4th TWKSF World Kuo Shu Tournament in Malaysia.
In 2012, Collin made the USA Lei Tai team for the second time, and represented his country at the 4th TWKSF World Kuo Shu Championships in Malaysia. In addition to medaling in 10 different divisions, he also went on to winning his first World Championship title in his weight division for the lei tai fighting.
And most recently this year, Mr. Collin Lee qualified once again at the national championships to make the official USA team, both in fighting and in the official forms competition. He went on to compete at the 5th TWKSF World Kuo Shu Championships in Argentina, where Mr. Lee won three 1st place and one second place medals, including defending his world championship title by winning in his weight division in the full contact fighting.
Mr. Collin Lee is a role model to the younger generation of Bok-Fu-Do students. He is an exemplary example to the Bok Fu Do youth because of his hard work, dedication, humility and respect for his teachers and his art.
Mr. Lee, we wish you all the best today and every day. Here’s to another year of life full of joy, health, and prosperity. Enjoy your special day!
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