Today we celebrate the AMAZING MS. NEWMAN!
Today everyone at East West Kung Fu is rejoicing having Ms. Newman is in our schools, in our lives, and in our hearts.
Completing her 20th year in martial arts this year, Ms. Newman has accomplished an incredible amount in her time here at East West Kung Fu. It would take an entire book (or two!) to share all of her accomplishments, but we’d like to honor her with some high lights.
In 1995, Ms. Newman walked through the doors at East West at her parents’ urging. At twelve years old, she never could have imagined that her first steps into martial arts would also be her first steps into her life’s passion.
After graduating from college in 2004, Ms. Newman committed herself to Bok Fu Do full time. Following in the footsteps of her personal trainer, Master John Buckley, and their teacher Grandmaster Richard Lee, Ms. Newman has developed into one of the highest ranking and most accomplished woman of Bok Fu Do. Since Ms. Newman made the decision to make Bok-Fu-Do her life’s work, East-West Kung Fu has opened two new locations – in San Ramon, CA (2008) and Lafayette, CA (2011). Says Master Buckley – “Newman has been a key player in the continued growth and development of the system and the business. I remember the first time I ever took a vacation from the business in 1999. It was my first vacation in nearly ten years, often working seven days a week, ten to twelve hours a day. So I was understandably apprehensive about being away from the school at all, let alone for an extended period. I asked the highest ranking person of the time to look after things while I was away, going into great detail about what needed to be done and how to do it. He was a first degree brown belt so it’s not as if I was breaking in a rookie. About a week into my trip, I was finally able to call in to the school (it wasn’t like I had a cell phone in those days). To my surprise, the guy I put in charge didn’t pick up but Newman did. I asked for him and she said he wasn’t in. Sensing the apprehension in her voice, I asked when he would be in and she sheepishly told me that he hadn’t been in once since I’d left. She knew because she had been at the school everyday in my absence. I knew in that moment, over six thousand miles away in some remote town in Italy, that the cream had risen to the top, so to speak. I saw in Newman the next generation, the future of East-West Kung Fu. Oh, did I mention she was sixteen years old?”
In 2003, MS. Newman won her first World Championship title at the 1st World Kyushu Kung Fu games in Brazil. In 2006 and 2009 Ms. Newman repeated her performance by winning the 2nd and 3rd TWSKF World Kuoshu Championships in Singapore and Germany, becoming only one of three Americans to win the World Tournament three times.
Additionally, at the 2012 International Kuoshu Championship Tournament in Baltimore Maryland, Ms. Newman made her coaching debut by assisting Master Buckley with the East-West lei tai team. Alongside her teacher, she helped coach the nine person team to fantastic results as seven of the nine qualified for the USA National Lei Tai Team. Those seven went on to compete at the 4th TWKSF World Kuo Shu Tournament in Malaysia. Because of the East-West lei tai team’s performance, Master Buckley and Ms. Newman were both selected as official coaches for the US Lei Tai team – Master Buckley will be the head coach while Ms. Newman will serve as the women’s coach. Ms. Newman is humbled to follow in the footsteps of her teachers, Grandmaster Lee and Master Buckley, and earns the unique honor of being the first female ever chosen for this prestigious role.
Ms. Newman is a first generation disciple under Grandmaster Richard Lee since 2002, and has produced black belts Morgan Malone, Aimee Jurewicz, Mitch Mckay, Kevin Schutzman, Adam Lathram, Ryan Hodge, Michelle Brown, Angie Dominguez, Jennie Mitchell, Allen Parco and Whitney Berch.
She was voted the United States Chinese Koushu Federation’s Competitor of the Year in 2000 where she competed and placed in the top three in all ten of her divisions at the International Chinese Kuoshu Championship Tournament in Baltimore, Maryland. She has been a member of the USKSF group that traveled to China in 2002, 2004 and 2010. She has competed nationally and internationally in Chinese martial arts since 1997.
Today, Ms. Newman is now the Vice President and General Manager of East West Kung Fu Schools and the Special Assistant to TWKSF President, Grandmaster Richard Lee.
Ms. Newman, you are an incredible role model for all of us here at East West and it is our hope that the gratitude we feel for your efforts to help us all follow in your foot steps is shown to you today and every day. We wish you all the happiness, love, and success that you deserve in this new year in your INCREDIBLE LIFE!
With the history and accomplishments that Ms. Newman has with East West, we could have put up a book of photos. Instead, we decided to select a few memorable events over the years. For a full bio of Ms. Newman, please visit her disciple page HERE.