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SECOND US OPEN TAIGI COMPETITION RESULTS

Seattle, Washington May 23, 1999

Summary of Taigi Judging

The Seattle Ki Society would like to thank all those participants in the 1999 US Open Taigi Competition held this May. We hope to continue to encourage your involvement to further improve our understanding and mastery of taigi. As the judges mentioned in their closing remarks, the execution of taigi has noticeably improved even from last year. After reviewing all judges' score sheet, I have compiled a summary of the results that may provide suggestions on areas for improvement.

- Susan Grigsby

Kitei Taigi

1. For the general points, 12 pairs received all points:
Paul Orcutt & Fred Bonde
David Hills & Robert Leonard
Andrew Lebar & Mathew Spriggs
Mike Little & Tracy Reasoner
Rebecca Latsios & Paul Orcutt
Jeremiah Johnson & Eric Neuteboom
Mayumi Case & Tracy Reasoner
Bob Lavendusky & Chia Ming Kuo
Craig Krohn & Court Wing
Sarah Roberts & Bruno Reichelt
Kathy Ferland & Eloise Gadas
Mel Smith & Paul Orcutt

2. The taking of ma-ai was the weakest score for most pairs, followed by a unified bow. Almost everyone scored points for staying in bounds and keeping a neat dogi, and only a few missseed points for the entry and exit.

3. For the technical points, four pairs got all points:

Cathy Dea & Mike Johnson
Craig Krohn & Court Wing
Chia Ming Kuo & Bob Levendusky
Rebecca Latsios & Paul Orcutt
4. For correct time, eight pairs got all points for completing the taigi within 2 seconds of the alloted time:
Johns Soriano & Paul Orcutt
Renee Bornstein & Mike Johnson
Mike Little & Tracy Reasoner
Eileen Emley & Mike Little
Bob Lavendusky & Chia Ming Kuo
Craig Krohn & Court Wing
Rebecca Latsios & Paul Orcutt
Bruno Reichelt & Sarah Roberts

5. Addtionally, three pairs got half the time points for completing within 5 seconds of the alloted time:

Cathy Dea & Mike Johnson
David Hills & Robert Leonard
Mayumi Case & Tracy Reasoner
6. Timing differences among the judges were rare, and were mostly within 1 second of each other.

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Other Taigi

1. Among the other taigi, nine pairs received all general points:
Taigi # Team
11 Cathy Dea & Mike Johnson
Court Wing & Craig Krohn
12 Mike Little & Tracy Reasoner
Kathy Ferland & Eloise Gadas
Paul Orcutt & Rebecca Latsios
21 Paul Orcutt & John Soriano
Mike Little & Tracy Reasoner
22 Cathy Dea & Mike Johnson
25/26 Cathy Dea & Mike Little

2. Only two pairs received all technical points:

Taigi # Team
21 Paul Orcutt & John Soriano
22 Cathy Dea & Mike Johnson

3. For within 2 seconds, three pairs got all points:

Taigi # Team
11 Andrew Lebar & Mathew Spriggs
Cathy Dea & Mike Johnson
25/26 Cathy Dea & Mike Little

4. For time within 5 seconds, five pairs got all points:

Taigi # Team
11 Craig Krohn & Court Wing
Eileen Emley & Mike Little
Salih Qawi & John Soriano
13 Mel Smith & Paul Orcutt
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Awards

The top ten award points are determined from the average of the kitei score and the highest other taigi score. If only kitei taigi was done, then that score was used. Two pairs placed with only the kitei score. A few errors were found in checking the score sheet, changing the order of the top 10 winners to the following:
Place Nage Name Uke Name Score
1st Craig Krohn Court Wing 8.78
2nd Rebecca Latsios Paul Orcut (Kitei Only) 8.53
3rd Cathy Dea Mike Johnson 8.32
4th Kathey Ferland Eloise Gadas 8.23
5th Mayumi Case Tracy Reasoner 7.92
6th Andrew Lebar Mathew Spriggs 7.77
7th Court Wing Craig Krohn 7.70
8th Mike Little Tracy Reasoner 7.35
9th Renee Bornstein Mike Johnson (Kitei Only) 7.23
10th John Soriano Paul Orcutt 7.17
  • Best Uke Award: Court Wing
  • Most Inspirational Pair: Sarah Roberts & Bruno Reichelt
  • University Team Award:
    University of Kansas (Pat Carriere, Jeremiah Johnson, Chia Ming Kuo, Gary Miller, Eric Neutebohm)
Congratulations to Cathy Dea for doing the most taigi: #11, #22, #25/16

Congratulations to Paul Orcutt for participating the most as both nage (#12, #21) and uke (Kitei 4 times, #11, #12 twice, and #13)

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