TEAM WOLVERINE RESULTS FROM 2015 USBA/WBA BANQUET AND TOURNAMENT

Good Morning

Well a few days have past since the 2015 USBA/WBA Hall of Fame Banquet and Tournament in Connecticut on Nov 7th and 8th. It was a great weekend of competition, recognition, catching up with good friends, and a tribute to the late Grandmaster Elton Trower. This event was hosted by Grandmaster Ralph Bergamo and Master Drew Serrano. They always put on great events and really care about everyone who attends.

The Hall of Fame banquet is a ceremony that recognizes the competitors, officials, and directors for all they do for the sport of breaking and the USBA/WBA. Many awards are given out to the individuals that deserve to win them in various aspects of the sport of breaking and martial arts. Such awards include; membership awards, world records, competitor of the year for world/national circuit as well as the regional circuit, freshman award, most improved breaker, competitive spirit award, best break of the year award, top breaker, rising star award, dedication to martial arts breaking, champions circle award, the grower award, and appointments and special recognition. This year we also paid tribute to the late Grandmaster Elton Trower who passed away a few months back. It was a very special night.

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Here is the results from the banquet for Team Wolverine.

Master Jonathan Field

  • Top Breaker Award, Membership Award

Brady Clarke

  • Competitor Of The Year Award, Best Break Of The Award, Membership Award and nominated for Competitive Spirit Award, Most Improved Breaker

Michael Liscio

  • Membership Award, Next Generation Of Champions Award

Allen Matthews

  • Membership Award, Next Generation Of Champions Award

Amber Smelt

  • Membership Award, Competitor Of The Year Award, Best Break Of The Year Award, Top Breaker Award, and nomination for other awards

Eryn Smelt

  • Membership Award, Freshman Award, Competitor Of The Year

Todd Smelt

  • Membership Award, Freshman Award

Eric Spagnolo

  • Membership Award

Mikaela Lavoy

  • Membership Award, Nomination for Best Break Of The Year

Shawn Heeley

  • Membership Award, Nominations for Best Break Of The Year and Competitive Spirit Award. Shawn was also appointed the regional official for the USBA/WBA under my Region of Ontario Canada.

Here is the Results from the Tournament the next day:

Master Jonathan Field

  • Set New USBA/WBA World Record for 30 1/2 inch boards broken with spear fingers in 19.5 seconds

Brady Clarke

  • 2 First Places, 2 Third Places

Allen Matthews

  • First Place, and a Second Place

Jesse Johnston Newell

  • Third Place

Michael Liscio

  • First Place, Third Place

Amber Smelt

  • 3 First Places

Eryn Smelt

  • 4 First Places

Todd Smelt

  • 6 First Places

Eric Spagnolo

  • 2 Second Places, 1 Third Place

Scott Allen

  • First Place

I think that is all the stats. I hope I didn’t forget anything. Way too much to remember. But congrats to our Team Wolverine for all their accomplishments and to all the competitors at the tournament and to all the people to received awards.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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2015 USBA/WBA HALL OF FAME FAST APPROACHING

Good Morning

The 2015 USBA/WBA Hall Of Fame Banquet and Tournament is coming up on November 7th and 8th. Team Wolverine will be travelling down to Connecticut to take part in this event. Third year in a row. So I thought I would share last year’s videos I made up of the team. Hope you enjoy!

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

VIDEO 2014 Breaking Hall of Fame Tournament Team Wolverine

Here’s the 2014 USBA/WBA Breaking Hall of Fame Tournament that our Team Wolverine competed at on Sunday November 9, 2014 in Norwich Connecticut at the Holiday Inn hosted by Grandmaster Ralph Bergamo and Master Drew Serrano.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

SOME PICTURES FROM THE 2ND ANNUAL USBA/WBA HALL OF FAME BANQUET

This past weekend Team Wolverine and I travelled to Norwich Connecticut for the 2nd Annual USBA/WBA Hall Of Fame Banquet.

Our team got several awards. Mikaela Lavoy and Shawn Heeley both got plaques for Best Breaks of the Year. Todd, Eryn, and Amber Smelt, Brady Clarke, Shawn Heeley, Mikaela Lavoy, Charlotte Kerr, and I got membership award certificates.  Mikaela, Charlotte, Brady, and Amber got certificates for future champions. i was awarded my recent World Record certificate. Also I was appointed the new Ontario Canada Local Director for the USBA/WBA.

Many awards where given out for things like Competitors of the year, Best Breaks, Most Improved, and various other awards. Also Karen Smith from Virginia was the first ever women inducted into the Breaks Hall of Fame. Very well deserved. Karen is an awesome competitor.

Grandmaster Ralph Begamo and Master Drew Serrano, the cofounders of the USBA/WBA and the rest of the directors do a wonderful job running this great breaking association and putting the Hall of Fame Banquet together.

Here are some of the pictures off my iPhone.

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BRIEF UPDATE FROM 2ND ANNUAL USBA/WBA HALL OF FAME TOURNAMENT

Team Wolverine competed at the 2nd Annual USBA/WBA Hall Of Fame Tournament in Norwich Connecticut this passed weekend.

Here is a brief update on our stats. More details to come soon. And eventually a video 🙂

– 26 First Places
– 8 Second Places
– 4 Third Places
– 1 Fourth Place
– 6 Competition Records
– 1 World Record

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

USBA/WBA HALL OF FAME BANQUET THIS WEEKEND

Well this weekend is the 2nd Annual USBA/WBA Breaking Hall of Fame Banquet and Tournament in Norwich Connecticut. Nine of us Team WOlverine members will be attending the banquet and competing at the tournament. We have two of our members, Mikaela Lavoy and Shawn Heeley who have been nominated for awards at the Banquet. We also have the Smelt family attempting a new world record. It’s going to be a great weekend. Classes will run as normal on the weekend as I have five of our instructors looking after all the classes.

Last year Grandmaster Elton Trower was the first person ever to be inducted into the BreakingHall of Fame. It will be interesting to see who is inducted this year. In the mean time here is a few youtube videos of Grandmaster Trower.

WHY I LIKE COMPETITIVE BREAKING

Good Morning

As most of you know I am a world champion and world record holder in Competitive Breaking with the USBA/WBA(United States and World Breaking Association) and the ISKA(International Sport Karate Association). Mainly with the USBA/WBA. I love competitive breaking for various reasons.

  1. It allows you to hit breaking materials such as wooden boards and concrete as hard as you can
  2. It allows you to test the full effectiveness of your technique without hurting anyone else
  3. It gives you instant feedback on how well you perform your strikes
  4. It helps build self confidence
  5. Improves your accuracy
  6. It improves your speed
  7. It allows you to harden your bones and strengthen your muscles for a longer healthier life
  8. It teaches you 100% focus
  9. It teaches you to push beyond your limits and always challenges you
  10. It gives you a good sense of whether or not you can use your strikes effectively to defend yourself against an attacker
  11. It teaches you to develop your speed
  12. and so many other things….

Being a competitive breaker with the USBA/WBA is pretty cool. There is many tournaments one can attend each year. Our Team Wolverine mainly does the US OPEn each year in Orlando Florida and is slowly expanding the amount of tournaments we go to each year like the Florida Regionals, Indiana Regionals, North Eastern Regionals, Hall of Fame Tournament, and the WBA World Championships. Our team will be competing in a few weeks in Norwich Connecticut at the Hall of Fame Tournament.

Competing at USBA/WBA tournaments allow you to test your skills in a variety of ways through many different breaking divisions such as:

  • Power Wood Divisions for Hand, Elbow, and Kick Strikes
  • Power Concrete Divisions for Hand, Elbow, and Kick Strikes
  • Unspaced Power Wood for Hand, Elbow, and Kick Strikes
  • Speed Breaking
  • Extreme Kicks
  • High Jump Kick
  • Creative Wood Breaking
  • Creative Open Breaking

Lots of different options for different people to test out their strengths and interests.

So that is a little on why I like competitive breaking.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

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VIDEO FROM USBA/WBA HALL OF FAME BREAKING TOURNAMENT

Hey Everyone

Here’s the video from last weekend’s USBA/WBA 1st Annual Hall of Fame Breaking Tournament held in Norwich Connecticut at the Holiday Inn. We didn’t catch all the breaks but enjoy anyway.

Master Jonathan Field

Cobourg Tae Kwon Do

USBA/WBA HALL OF FAME BANQUET AND TOURNAMENT Part 2

Okay so yesterday I wrote about Grandmaster Trower being inducted into the USBA/WBA’s Breakers Hall Of Fame. Here’s the link if you missed yesterday’s blog. https://masterjonathanfield.com/2013/10/28/usbawba-hall-of-fame-banquet-and-tournament-part-1/

Today I want to tell you a little about why Mikaela lavoy and I went down there. We were both nominated for some awards and were asked to attend the banquet but were not told what we were nominated for. So we went down with Mikaela’s mom Amber and two of my other students, Charlotte Kerr and Patrick Marvin.

Mikaela ended up with membership award certificate for being dedicated to breaking and the USBA/WBA as well as a plaque for most improved breaker.

I ended up with a membership award certificate as well for being apart of the USBA/WBA for as long as I have. I also won a plaque for my Dedication to Martial Arts and Breaking. They also presented me with a World Record Certificate in a really nice frame for setting a new world record back in July 2013 in Orlando Florida.

There was various other awards being given out for most memorial breaks, competitors of the year, and etc,. It was a great night of honouring the best breakers in the world.

Here is a few more pictures from the banquet. Part 3 should be tomorrow with the tournament results. Hoping to have pictures and a video for you.

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