(Aurora, CO) – Colorado Martial Arts News was honored to host the 2nd Annual CO Martial Arts Awards that celebrated special accomplishments from Colorado based students, instructors, and referees during 2014. The 2013 Awards were online voting only, and this was the first year the ceremony grew into a live event.
This year’s event featured acceptance speeches by numerous notable recipients, including Master Barb Kunkel who spoke of her battle overcoming cancer and the success of the Fight For Life Fundraising Tournament. The speeches were as diverse as the honorees, yet there were common threads throughout. Winners were quick to point out all the people who had helped them along the way as well as recognize others who would have also been deserving of the same awards. The Kick of the Year award was voted on during the event, with Madelyn Gorman-Shore taking home the trophy for her headshot in US Open last year by just one vote.
A relaxed and positive vibe was felt throughout William Smith High School where the ceremony took place. Although they would be perfectly happy to kick each other in the face in the ring, the various martial artists in attendance were genuinely happy to share in the success of others.
The event was organized, planned, and personally funded by Colorado Martial Arts News writer Sir Gregory Salonis. As the event was free and open to the public, he will gratefully accept donations via Paypal at [email protected] As the event grows into the future, the idea is to recruit sponsors and charge a nominal admissions fee to offset the cost of running such an event.
The full list of winners is below:
Indomitable Spirit Award– Sab Barb Kunkel
Referee of the Year Award– Master Angela Hammil DeOliveira
Coach of the Year Award – Master Darin Carr
Poomsae of the Year Award – Nikita Karamian
Junior Male of the Year Award– Isaac Vigil
Junior Female of the Year Award– Madelyn Gorman-Shore
Senior Female of the Year Award– Maureen “Baby Face” Riordon
Cadet Male of the Year Award– Joshua Kosloski
Kick of the Year Award and voting (Madelyn G.S)
We will open up the nomination process for the 2015 Awards on or around Jan 1st 2016. For now, go out and do something epic!
You can also download the powerpoint presentation with many highlight videos of the athletes (warning: 2.6 GB)
You can also see more pictures taken by Kerry Kara (may not be available for everyone)