Students participated in Kung Fu Tournament to support ALS campaign

Chinatown, Los Angeles. November 5, 2011 – Led by Sifu Fredrick Ho – whom is also an Accounting Professor at University of the West (UWest), the UWest Kung Fu Club recently participated in the Tempt One Martial Arts Open Championship on November 5th, 2011 in Chinatown, Los Angeles. It was the first time the club had participated in a tournament. Jacob Linsley, Takspa Lekdan, Konchok Norgais and Nalin signed up to compete in the Traditional Kung Fu Forms, Open Forms, and Point Sparring.

The tournament was a fundraiser event to assist patients and families dealing with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, aka Lou Gehrig’s disease), a debilitating neuromuscular disease where patients progressively become immobile within a 2-5 year period. There is no known cure for this disease and each year 30,000 patients are diagnosed.

With the support and cheering from the UWest Kung fu Club members and friends, Norgais won third place in the Beginners Chinese Kung Fu Form Tournament and Open Form Tournament. Lekdan had also won a third place in the Beginners Point Sparring. Sifu Fredrick Ho felt that all the UWest representatives did great at the event. He said that he doesn’t emphasize winning trophies, but wants the club members to develop martial art skills, concentration and inner peace during stressful and frightening encounters.

Students and Alumnus of UWest are welcome to join us every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday for healthy practice and a great work out. For further details, please contact Jacob by emailing to him at