In 2010, the Year of the Tiger, the Tiger Claw Foundation pledged to support WILDAID in its efforts to preserve wild tigers. The illegal wildlife trade is a multibillion-dollar global industry largely driven by consumer demand in expanding economies. While most wildlife conservation groups focus on scientific studies and anti-poaching efforts, WILDAID works to reduce global consumption of wildlife products and to increase local support for conservation efforts. WILDAID also works with governments and partners to protect fragile marine reserves from illegal fishing and shark finning, to enhance public and political will for anti-poaching efforts, and to reduce climate change impacts. Among its celebrity ambassadors are Sir Richard Branson, Li Bingbing, Jackie Chan, Jay Chou, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Tony Jaa, Ang Lee, Maggie Q, Yao Ming, Michelle Yeoh, and many others.
In 2011, the Tiger Claw Foundation renewed that pledge and expanded it to encompass all the endangered species that WILDAID seeks to protect. The WILDAID Tiger Claw Championship has been held every year since, expanding in 2015 to include Teen and Pre-teen Champions. It has grown into the most high-profile Showcase Championship of the Tiger Claw Elite Championships. Serving as judges were Masters and Grandmasters from both Traditional Kung Fu and Modern Wushu: Emilio Alpanseque, Bryant Fong, Lily Lau, Wu Bin, Grace Wu-Monnat, Dr. Yang Jwing-Ming.
WILDAID Tiger Claw Champion: Lei Fan – Kung Fu Dragon USA, Pleasanton CA
WILDAID Tiger Claw contenders: Chen Pengfei, Scott Jensen, Brian Luu, Meng Yang Pan, Vivian Tam, Zhang Jianqiang
WILDAID Teen Tiger Champion: Naoki Tang – Elite Kung Fu, Fremont CA
WILDAID Teen Tiger contenders: Brandon Cheng, Wallace Lim, Max Lwin, Andre Magnum, Isabella Miller, Remy Hinh, Kai Nogami
WILDAID Tiger Cub Champion: Mariella Brayton – US Wushu Center, Portland OR
WILDAID Tiger Cub contenders:: Shaun Chen, Lucas Dong, Ethan Lam, Ethan Saeyang, Oliver Spiro, Calleigh Tsay, Sophia Bartlemay
The 2018 WILDAID Tiger Claw Championship donated $1500 for WILDAID.
When the buying stops, the killing can too.
Past WildAid Tiger Claw Champions
2010: Yuan Long
2011: Zhang Yongbiao
2012: Sun Qibo
2013: Yu Zhenlong
2014: Sen Gao
2015: Tian Chongfang
2016: Li Yujie
2017: Cheng Shengwei
WildAid Teen Tiger Champions ( 17-12 )
2015: Leland Zhang
2016: Ian Lim
2017: Brandon Cheng
WildAid Tiger Cub Champions (11 & under)
2015: Ian Lim
2016: Marisa Malto
2017: Max Lwin