Today we celebrate the birthday of 1st generation Grandmaster Lee disciple, 2nd degree IBFDA certified Bok Fu Do Black Belt, Director of Standardization for the IBFDA, 2 time world champion, and all around amazing guy: 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.
Mr. Collin Lee qualified once again to make the official USA Team for the 2015 World championships in Mendoza, Argentina. He then went on to win his second consecutive world championship title i the full contact lei tai fighting, and also winning gold in the official broadsword and long staff divisions as well.
Most recently, he went on to do very well at the 2016 International Baltimore Tournament, winning first place again in the lei tai division, Open Hand Form, Broadsword, and Praying Mantis form, too!
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.
He is now the Lafayette school class manager and has gone on to inspire new generations of students with his talent and enthusiasm, and works day in and day out to share what he has learned from his training with the students he works with. He is well loved and respected by those around him, and his deep care and passion for the system of Bok Fu Do and it’s students are apparent and appreciated by all who know him.
Mr. Lee, we wish you all the best in your new year of life and hope that your hearts dearest wishes come true through out the coming year and beyond. We all look forward to many more years training and growing together. Happy, happy birthday to you!
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