In this upcoming year, a very auspicious year - THE CHINESE YEAR OF THE MONKEY, 4714 - the independent island nation of Barbados (November 30th, 1966) will be celebrating its 50th year of independence on November 30th.
Diplomatic relationships between Barbados and the People's Republic of China were established on May 30th, 1977, and since that time China has played a very integral role in the development of Barbados.
For this reason, on behalf of the Barbados delegation and the International Organizing team, I would like to invite and welcome you to the first, of what we hope will become an annual, event of its kind to be held in Barbados: 'The Gathering of Grandmasters'.
This event brings together some of the worlds' best and most renowned Chinese Martial Arts Practitioners in their respective disciplines, with their students, to help celebrate not only the independence of Barbados, but the relationship and strong camaraderie between the people of Barbados, the gracious People's Republic of China, and Hope Transplant International – A Recognized Humanitarian Non-Profit organization supporting the United Nations Universal Declaration for Peace and Human Rights, worldwide.
This event has been scheduled to span three (3) days prior to the actual day of independence, from November 25th through the 27th, 2016, and with your participation is slated to be remembered in the annals of Barbadian-Chinese diplomatic relationships.
From registration to scheduled Masters' demonstrations and seminars, participant exhibitions, competition, awards banquets, forums, sightseeing, entertainment and more, you will be welcomed, respected and treated like TRUE masters.
This event is officially confirmed and we are slated to commence our Global advertising campaign from the third week of January 2016. As part of the honor of your attendance, we also would like for you to suggest to us other esteemed colleagues, teams, schools, etc. that you feel would enjoy three to five days in this Caribbean paradise to demonstrate their acumen/skills in the Chinese martial arts.
Below is a list of Masters who are making this event possible.
• Sigung Michael Aronson (Birds of Prey/Texas Asian Martial Arts)
• Grandmaster Dennis Brown (Shaolin Wushu Training Center)
• Master Donald Hamby (Hamby's Tiger-Crane School)
• Monk Zhou Xuan Yun of Wudang (Hubei Province, PRC)
• Grandmaster Ron Van Clief (The Black Dragon, Chinese Goju)
• Grandmaster Johnny Kwong Min Lee (My Jhong Law Horn)
• Sifu Kisu Stars (Fight instructor and consultant for the Avatar "The Last Airbender" franchise.)
THOSE ARRIVING ON THANKSGIVING DAY
24th November 6pm - Thanksgiving Dinner: Note: For those who would like to arrive in Barbados earlier than the start of the Event on the 25th - who would like to have Thanksgiving Dinner as a part of the group, you are invited to register here to book your seat early. This will be a time of reflection, peace, unity and fellowship - breaking bread with The Masters. It promises to be a THANKSGIVING dinner with a difference in Barbados. LOCAL Cuisine WILL BE SERVED.
USD $45.00 per person
25th November - OFFICIAL REGISTRATION DAY
FRIDAY NIGHT IS THE OFFICIAL MIXED MARTIAL ARTS EVENT NIGHT
Spectator's Fees/General Admission - MIXED MARTIAL ARTS NIGHT
FRIDAY NIGHT 6pm - V-VIP Red Carpet Reception
V-VIP - USD $200.00 - Limited Tickets Available [CANNOT BE PURCHASED ON EVENT NIGHT]
Cost Includes: V-VIP Private entrance, Lounging with the Grandmasters, Giveaways, Complimentary refreshments at reception. Red carpet Exclusive entrance to viewing Inside the British Airways Concord.
6.45pm - VIP Red Carpet Reception
VIP - USD $125.00 - Limited Tickets Available [CANNOT BE PURCHASED ON EVENT NIGHT]
Cost Includes: VIP Private entrance - Lounging with the Grandmasters during fights, Complimentary Drinks at reception.
Doors Open 7.15pm
General Admission USD $75.00
26th - 27th November - Featured Tournament Days
Spectator's Fees/General Admission (Competition Only-Kata & Forms, Sparring):
Saturday, Sunday - Adults per day USD $25.00
Children (12&under) USD$10.00
WEEKEND ADULT PASS - (Competition Only-Kata & Forms, Sparring):
ALL 2 DAYS - USD $45.00 per person
WEEKEND Child PASS - (Competition Only-Kata & Forms, Sparring):
ALL 2 DAYS - USD $15.00 per person
FULL Daily Admission: (Competition - Kata & Forms, Sparring) + Sandha/Sanshou Ring Fights
Adults USD $35.00
Children (12&Under) USD $10.00 per person/per day
Sandha/Sanshou Ring Fights ONLY: Adults USD $25.00
Children (12&Under) $10, per person
Must be booked in advanced - limited number of spaces available - first come first served. Participants will each receive a signed certificate of participation by the respective master. There is also a photo opportunity during the presentation of certificates.
OFFICIAL PHOTO OF ALL SEMINAR PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ADDED TO THE OFFICIAL EVENT KEEPSAKE/COMMERATIVE MAGAZINE, ALONG WITH A FULL PAGE FULL COLOR GROUP PHOTO OF THE PARTICIPANTS AND THE RESPECTIVE MASTER, WHICH WILL BE AVALIABLE ONLINE.
Please book your session under the name of the master you choose - certificates will be prepared with your name prior for the presentation at the end of the seminar.
SEMINAR REGISTRATION FEES
30 Minute Session: USD $25.00, per person
45 Minute Session: USD $40.00, per person
90 Minute Session: USD $65.00, per person
28th November - After Tournament Chill - MORNING SCHEDULE
Island Tour with the masters - This event is for those staying on for THE DAY of Relax and chill in Barbados Monday 28th November. This is a time to take in the local sites and activities. Get your photos with your favorite Grandmaster as you ride in Air-conditioned Comfort around the Island of Barbados - Also get a chance to do some local shopping and meet some of the locals. They are three TOUR packages available.
TOUR 1 - USD $45.00 per person - Drive around the Island with BRIEF stops for QUICK photo opportunities - just taking in the local Inland and beach sceneries. For the person who wants to SEE LOTS of the ISLAND in a short space of time with just quick wet feet opportunities in the beautiful Island beaches along the way.
TOUR 2 - USD $80.00 per person - Drive around the Island with 3 half hour stops with location tour and one beach stop with a choice to swim with the turtles or dive a wreck or jet ski, go on a speedboat or Glass bottom boat ride - or just lay around and take in the sun. For the person who is focused on quality stops and not quantity of stops - and wants to enjoy the beautiful beach a bit more than a wet foot photo opportunity.
TOUR 3 - USD $50.00 per person - This tour is for the shopaholic on the trip - Monday Tourist Shopping in the City. Your choice of shopping locations for the shopping experience of a lifetime in Barbados. From BRIDGETOWN - HOLETOWN - Beyond.
28th November - THE GRAND FINALE - EVENING SCHEDULE
The Masters' Dinner and Ball with Local and international Entertainment: / LAUNCH OF MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME
This is poised to be the celebrity event of the Trip: Have dinner and enjoy LIVE Local and International Artists - Dine and Dance with the Masters who will be remaining for the GRAND FINALE. Please note this dinner will be a red carpet affair for both locals and Stars alike.
Monday 28th November. 7pm - Until USD $125.00 per person
THE OFFICIAL LAUNCHING OF THE - HOPE TRANSPLANT INTERNATIONAL MARTIAL ARTS HALL OF FAME.
INDUCTION OF 50 MEMBERS AND AWARDS CERMONY.
PLEASE NOTE THESE ARE ALL A PART OF THE GRAND FINALE - DINNER AND BALL EVENT.
Master's Photo Shoot: - these photos will be included in the post event magazine both printed and online for subscription.
USD $50.00, per person, for entrance onto/into location for photo shoot on Friday between 1pm and 3.30pm
note: photo shoot costs does NOT apply to the 50 masters for the hall of fame.