In 2006, Tiger Claw launched the Tiger Claw Elite Championship (TCEC). TCEC was in cooperation with Disney, beginning at Disneyland® in Anaheim California and ending at Disney’s Wide World of Sports® Complex near Orlando, Florida. In between, TCEC travelled through about a dozen tournaments across the nation. TCEC featured divisions for Chinese, Korean and Japanese arts and were nested within regional participating tournaments. The closest event to Tiger Claw Headquarters in California was RDK’s Ultimate Internationals, held at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
TC Media International, a division of Tiger Claw, publishes Kung Fu Tai Chi, a bimonthly print magazine focused on the Chinese martial arts. The San Francisco Bay Area is home to dozens of Karate and Taekwondo tournaments every year, but only a few that emphasize Chinese martial arts, so with the influence of Kung Fu Tai Chi, that martial community responded the most enthusiastically. Consequently, the Chinese divisions quickly dominated the Bay Area TCEC in Santa Clara for its three-year run.
TCEC’s final year was in 2008, just prior to the Sichuan quake. In only eleven days, the Tiger Claw Foundation, Tiger Claw’s charitable arm, called upon leading local martial artists and produced the Martial Arts Benefit for Quake Victims, a fundraising performance, to conclude the tournament event. The project raised over $73,000 which was donated to construct a new school in Sichuan.
In 2009, the local Chinese community hoped the tournament to continue, so by popular demand, Tiger Claw’s KungFuMagazine.com Championship (TCKFMC) had its inaugural year. TCKFMC has enjoyed four successful events, all held in the spacious South Hall of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in cooperation with Tony and Theresa Kattengell’s Shark City Nationals.
In 2012, Kung Fu Tai Chi celebrated two decades of publishing with KUNG FU TAI CHI 20 YEARS. The celebration combined Tiger Claw’s KungFuMagazine.com Championship with a Gala Banquet and KUNG FU TAI CHI DAY, a street fair in downtown San Jose. KUNG FU TAI CHI 20 YEARS was an overwhelming success which was documented in a special issue of Kung Fu Tai Chi (September October 2012 as well as with over two thousand photos on Kung Fu Tai Chi facebook albums and dozens of videos on Kung Fu Tai Chi’s YouTube channel.
Through Tiger Claw, TC Media International and Kung Fu Tai Chi, the 2013 Tiger Claw Elite Championship will have extensive multimedia coverage.