Today we celebrate the birthday of 1st generation disciple, 1st degree black belt, world champion, and certified international referee level “A”: Ms. Mannion!
Ms. Mannion began her martial arts training in December 2002 at East West Kung Fu in Alamo. She became involved early-on in the instructor training program and earned her instructor rank in November 2004. As an instructor, she has been involved in the planning and organization of many East West events, including East West Student Tournaments, Halloween Demos, and the East West Fun Run, just to name a few.
Ms. Mannion has traveled across the world competing in both forms and full-contact lei tai competition. She has represented the United States at two World Kuo Shu Championships as a member of the USA full contact lei tai team. She won the world championship in her weight division in 2009 at the 3rd TWKSF World Kuo Shu Tournament in Germany. She also earned first place in the 2-person forms division, competing with her husband Sean Gray.
Ms. Mannion earned her black belt in December 2010 after eight years of study. She has been a disciple under Grandmaster Richard Lee since 2012. Ms. Mannion earned her International Referee ‘B’ certification through The World Kuo Shu Federation in 2010. She was also a member of the USKSF group that traveled to mainland China in 2004 and 2010.
Ms. Mannion’s husband and son both train at East West Kung Fu as well, and her youngest daughter will too, as soon as she’s of age. She’s got a Bok Fu Do family, through and through, and they continue to learn and grow together in their kung fu adventures together.
Ms. Mannion, we love having you and your family as part of our Bok Fu Do family, both in the school as well as traveling the world with you. We wish you all the best on this special day and hope that today is they start of another year of life filled with love, laughter, and prosperity for you.
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