Tiger Claw Elite Championship: 5/19-20/2018

The 10th Annual Tiger Claw Elite KungFuMagazine.com Championship will be held on May 19-20, 2019 in San Jose, California. This year marks crossing our decade-long milestone. This will be a landmark event that you won’t want to miss.

There are a lot of new improvements this year that we are very excited about so please, make note.

The 10th Annual Tiger Claw Elite KungFuMagazine.com Championship is under the umbrella of the Tiger Claw Elite Championships. On Saturday, it will be paired with the Tiger Claw Elite Taekwondo Championships and the External Divisions will compete. We have a NEW EXTERNAL DIVISION dedicated exclusively to Songshan Shaolin – the Kung Fu directly from Shaolin Temple. On Saturday evening, we will hold an Overall Grand Champion Finale where all ages of the Advanced Division Champions of Traditional Kung Fu, Songshan Shaolin and Modern Wushu compete on stage for the Grand Prize. On Sunday we will be holding our 7th Annual KUNG FU TAI CHI DAY alongside our Internal Divisions. What’s more, there will be three Showcase Championships on stage, the WildAid Tiger Claw Championship, the Year of the Dog – Top Dog Championship, and the Ku Yu-Cheung Bak Sil Lum Championship. All Showcase Champions receive unique prizes and special attention in our post Championship coverage. See the rules for the specifics on these Showcase Championships.

The 10th Annual Tiger Claw Elite KungFuMagazine.com Championship will be held once again in the spacious South Hall of San Jose’s McEnery Convention Center. Given the magnitude of this Championship, we are always looking for additional volunteers to help support our efforts. If you’d like to volunteer or know someone that might be interested, please contact us. 10th Annual Tiger Claw Elite KungFuMagazine.com Championship volunteers receive a special Thank You gift bag and those that volunteer for the entire day qualify for a complimentary lunch and subscription to Kung Fu Tai Chi!

As always, the 10th Annual Tiger Claw Elite KungFuMagazine.com Championship will receive ample coverage including in-depth reports in Kung Fu Tai Chi and KungFuMagazine.com and a limited-edition DVDs of the event. If you are interested in sponsorships, please contact us directly.

We look forward to seeing you at the 10th Annual Tiger Claw Elite KungFuMagazine.com Championship!


Tiger Claw Elite Taekwondo Championship is overseen by Master Kwangil Bae.  Born in Kwangju, South Korea, Master Bae began studying Taekwondo at the age of seven and earned his 1st Dan Black Belt at the age of ten. He graduated from Dan Kook University in Korea with a B.A. degree in Physical Education, with an emphasis on Taekwondo. During all four years at Dan Kook University, he was a member of the Dan Kook University Taekwondo Team as well as an ROTC Taekwondo training instructor.  Upon graduation, Master Bae served in the Korean Army Special Unit (equivalent to the U.S. Navy Seals and Green Berets Special Forces). During this time, he worked as a drill officer and continued to work as a Taekwondo instructor simultaneously. After completing his service, he was honorably discharged from the military as First Lieutenant in 1995.  After immigrating to the United States in 1995, Master Bae was a resident Taekwondo instructor for the Urban Sports Cultural Center in New York City for five years. Master Bae helped bring the martial art to public by performing in numerous Taekwondo demonstrations, some of which have been shown on ESPN.

Master Bae emphasizes the official Olympic-style Taekwondo techniques as well as enriching student’s knowledge with history and traditional discipline of the martial arts. He also stresses the need for physical conditioning and flexibility as a means to achieve better overall health. Currently, Master Bae teaches at Palo Alto Martial Arts in Palo Alto as well as Choi’s Institute of Tae Kwon Do in San Jose. He also used his skills to contribute to his work space at Novellus Systems, Inc. and to the community of Palo Alto. Master Bae currently holds the rank of 7th Dan in Taekwondo and 5th Dan in Hapkido. He is also an active International Certified Referee in both Poomsae and Sparring.

Divisions for 2018 include Open Poomsae, Traditional Poomsae, Synchronized Poomsae, Weapons Poomsae and Sparring.  Additionally, there is an obstacle course competition for children as well as Individual Sports Poomsae using the same format as the USAT Nationals.  This is the sixth annual Tiger Claw Elite Taekwondo Championship.