Dear Volunteer,

This year marks the 10th Annual Tiger Claw Elite Championship. As always, we constantly strive to develop the experience, so there are many improvements this year.  We hope we can count on you for your support once again.  The 10th Annual Tiger Claw Elite Championship is May 19-20th 2018 under the big top of San Jose Convention Center’s spacious South Hall, just like in the previous years. 

Last year was our Kung Fu Tai Chi 25th Anniversary Festival so it was very ambitious, as well as a hard act to follow.  This year, we are changing our format to include 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.  Like with previous years, Saturday will have both the Tiger Claw Elite Taekwondo Championships and the External Divisions competition.  On Sunday we will be holding our 7th Annual KUNG FU TAI CHI DAY alongside our Internal Divisions.  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.  We will have our annual Group Simplified Tai Chi 24 recital, but no masters’ demonstrations to accommodate the increase in the Showcase Championships.

As always, we rely heavily on volunteers from the community like you to assist us with the Tiger Claw Elite Championship.  We are very grateful for your support in the past and ask you to continue to support our efforts in promoting martial arts in America.  We hope you can come out again this year to be a part of this historic festival. 

With these changes in mind, we ask that you RSVP with your availability for any of the following times. The available volunteer shifts are:

Saturday (South Hall):
·         Morning shift: 8:00 AM (sharp) to 1:30 PM or
·         Afternoon shift: 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM. 
·         All Day: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM.

Sunday (South Hall):
·         Morning shift: 8:00 AM (sharp) to 12:00 Noon or
·         Afternoon shift: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 
·         All Day: 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

All volunteers will receive an official T-shirt (note that there are different T-shirts for each day), All-Access Pass, and a Thank You Gift Bag.  If you volunteer for All Day (or two shifts), you will also receive a complimentary meal in our VIP Tent (for South Hall) and a Free One-Year Subscription to Kung Fu Tai Chi magazine. 

We are holding two orientation meetings as we have in previous years.  These are in conjunction with our Tiger Claw Judges Union meetings.  They are not mandatory, but they are recommended especially if you will be timing or scorekeeping.  You need only attend one.  They will be held at Tiger Claw Headquarters at 40740 Encyclopedia Circle, Fremont, CA 94538 on the following dates:

Sunday May 6, 2018: 10AM-1PM
Tuesday May 8, 2018: 11AM-2PM

Lunch will be provided at both meetings.  If you cannot attend either meeting, we'd still love to have you at the tournament!

Thank you again,

The Tiger Claw Elite Championships

Please sign up with our 10th Annual Tiger Claw Elite Championship volunteer coordinator Chris Lewin at (510-668-1100).