March 27, 2000
Sifu Chi Wai Lee
Canadian Martial Arts Games Committee
Re: Canadian Martial Arts Games 2000
I am writing this open
letter of invitation to you on behalf of the Canadian Martial Arts Games
Committee (CMGC). The official Canadian Martial Arts Games 2000 will be taking
place in Ottawa/Hull on June 23 and 24, 2000. The actual competition will be
held at the Robert Guertin Arena, 125 rue Carillion, Hull, Quebec.
Accommodations is at Ramada Plaza Hotel, 35 rue Laurier, Hull, Quebec, Tel:
(819) 778-6111, Fax: (819) 778-8548, Toll Free 1-800-567-9607.
This tournament is the product of 2 years of careful planning and hard work by the dedicated members of
the CMGC. They have been meeting monthly at the Parliament building in Ottawa with the Honourable Mr. Mac Harb,
Member of Parliament, as well as representatives from different levels of
government, and martial arts organizations across Canada, to put this event
CMGC is a non-profit
organization dedicated to the promotion of all martial arts in Canada. This
event will mark, for the first time, an official tournament involving Karate,
Jiu Jitsu, Taekwondo and Chinese Martial Arts all working together under one
banner and presided over by representatives from the government of Canada. This
is a first-time ever event of such wide scope and high caliber.
It is also a new
chapter for the Chinese martial arts in Canada. There is now an official forum
for all of us to participate in under one roof. It is high time for all of us to
put aside our differences and work together as a single group to present all of
Chinese martial arts to Canada and to the world.
For the Canadian
Martial Arts Games 2000, we have put together a new format that is intended to
accommodate the richness and diversity in our tradition, and at the same time,
reflect the new trends and directions at the world level.
For the traditional
stylists, we have a new format which divides all forms into 8 categories based
on its movements and characteristics. Each will have its own set of judging
criteria. The compulsory Wushu forms competition will follow the rules of
international Wushu competition and the judging team will consist only of judges
who have received official Wushu judging training in China. There will also be a
Sanshou/Sparring event, Long and Short Weapon Sparring and Pushhand events.
For information, you
may call me directly in the Toronto area (905) 602-5026 or Ms. Esther Yeung in
Ottawa (613) 739-7395. Just remember that all competitors must pre-register by
May 31, 2000. No exceptions.
I hope all of you will
come out and support this event as competitors, judges, volunteers and
spectators. We welcome all individuals and schools regardless of style,
discipline or affiliation. This is an opportunity to get to know everyone else
and let everyone else get to know you. I believe our format this year can
accommodate just about everybody. So come on out and celebrate together. Ottawa
is beautiful in June. See you all there.
Chi Wai Lee