This year’s U.S. National Martial Arts Team NJ “Alliance” Awards Banquet will be held at the “Chandelier Restaurant” in Bayonne. Top Rated Martial Art Nominees include Shivers, Wright, Jackson, O’Brien and Shaw who were nominated as“Every Day Martial Arts Hero’s for 2008”. UWA Martial Arts Local, State and Regional Champions and Competitors will receive Awards as well.
Bright Star Sensei Priscilla Wright, International Champion, (3x’s) Gold Medal winner and 3rd Generation of the Wright Family Legacy will be the Main Master of Ceremonies. Priscilla who is 17 years old and the Head Coaches Daughter demonstrate her unique talents by teaching little kids especially “young girls” at Waterfront Montessori in Jersey City and the Main UWA HQ’s in Bayonne. A perfectionist who loves Theatrical Dance. In fact, her future Martial Arts career seems brighter than ever. Priscilla plans to pursue a career in Journalism as a TV News Caster at Rider University, in the fall semester. Her hobbies include fitness and dance. Presently, she brags about her Dance Coach Mr. Neil Fernando and says he brings the Best out of her and pushes her to become a better dancer. Priscilla has a “go getter attitude and persistency” at Ms. Huguettes Dance School. She is an example that with practice and hard efforts you can become better at what you do. If there is any advice Priscilla would like to give to anyone it would be “What doesn’t hurt you only makes you stronger”, “and with sweat comes success”. Also, After School UWA Martial Arts Academy has broadened my horizons and opened a whole new world to opportunity and resources, states Priscilla. “Soon I’m off to College”.
Champion Warriors are Students that you see each day that are humble. In fact, only an exceptional few” go far and above” the Martial Arts call of duty”, says Senior Chief UWA Master Instructor (Shihan) Antonio Wilson UWA’s 6th Dan and Vietnam Veteran.
The U.S.A. International “Budo Society” Alumni select Students from each State annually to receive this outstanding accommodation. The accommodation award is known as the “Martial Arts Hero Award”. It is based on a Student’s academic, physical performances and Black Belt progression. Most important is their ability to lead, progress and teach the new youth Students traditional and Creative Martial Arts that will last a life time. The Future Leaders are Ambassadors for UWA Martial Arts Karate, Ju-Jutsu, Kick-Boxing and Self-Defense. There are several age categories that are decided annually for kids, teens, adults and seniors who have been leaders for the prior years.
Other Martial Art Heroes include.
Johnny O’Brien, Bayonne, NJ the son of Gary O’Brien, has made a huge success in the Jr. Brown Belt Division.
Kenneth Jackson Jr. III, Junior Black Belt 10 years old an Honor Roll Student in Irvington, NJ has been winning State and Regional and National Championships since age 5. He is the son of the Late Jackie Mitchel (Jackson). Kenneth is focused on keeping his mom’s dream alive, which is to become “all that he can be”.
Jack O’Brien Sr., 1st Dan, (Bayonne, NJ) National Champion and UWA Leader. Jack put his heart into the School (Dojo) and it shows says Wright.
Chris Shaw Sr., 1st Dan, (Bayonne, NJ) (3) Time National Champion UWA and Cardio Kick-Boxing Coach Leader Shaw is a great creative Sr. Champion, says Wright
Master Wayne Shivers, 5th Dan Black Belt, (Bayonne, NJ) International Champion and UWA Chief Instructor.