Today we want to send a big warm HAPPY BIRTHDAY to first generation disciple and third degree black belt Mrs. Buckley!
Mrs. Buckley is a high school teacher by day, and kung fu teacher (and student) by night, morning, and any other part of the day that she is not at work! She has dedicated her life to helping others through sharing her unique and uplifting teaching style that endears her to all of the staff and students at East West Kung Fu. She has produced several black belts, and continues to work tirelessly and enthusiastically with future generations day in and day out.
Her incredible dedication has lead her to accomplish so much her her near 20 years at East West Kung Fu. She found her way to East West in 1996, became an instructor in 1998, and earned her black belt in 2005. She is also certified through the World Kuo Shu Federation as an International “A level” Referee in 2008.
Mrs. Buckley has been an Executive Referee for the International Kuo Shu Championships in Baltimore, MD starting in 2005 and since then she’s refereed every single year. She was one of only two females to serve as Executive Referee for the Lei Tai (full contact) divisions during the 2nd TWKSF World Kuo Shu Tournament in Singapore in 2006. Mrs. Buckley was also an Executive Referee for the Lei Tai at the 3rd TWKSF World Kuo Shu Tournament in Germany 2009. Most recently, Mrs. Buckley was the only female Executive Referee for the Lei Tai at the 4th TWKSF World Kuo Shu Tournament in Malaysia, 2012.
Mrs. Buckley has represented the United States in world and international competition on three occasions. In 2003, she was a member of the United States National Lei Tai Team that competed in the 1st TWKSF World Kuo Shu Championships in Brazil. She also competed at the European Kuo Shu Championships in Germany in 2003 and at the 2nd TWKSF European Kuo Shu Cup in Switzerland, 2006. Mrs. Buckley represented the United States in forms and weapon competition at the 2nd TWKSF World Kuo Shu Tournament in Singapore in 2006. She competed in forms, weapons and two-man sets at the International Kuo Shu Championships in Baltimore, MD from 1996-2006 and as a lei tai competitor in 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. Mrs. Buckley was a member of the USKSF group that traveled to China in 2002, 2004 and 2010.
Says Ms. Newman, “Aimee Jurewicz has a creative spirit that has been invaluable to the growth of East West. Aimee has made a name for herself in the international community through her dedication to traveling around the world with East West to various tournaments and refereeing these high level competitions.”
Mrs. Buckley, we wish you the very best as you celebrate your birthday today. May all the happiness and kindness that you’ve shared with others over the years come back to you one hundred fold today!
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