Omaha, NE – The Omaha National Martial Arts Championships (ONMAC) was held on May 11, 2013. Competitors from all over the United States competed in this USKF AAA Sanctioned Event and WOMAA World Martial Games Pre-Qualifier.
The weekend’s festivities started off on Friday, May 10, 2013 with a number of free seminars by martial arts legends GM Rodney Kauffman, GM James Rosenbach, Dr. Nicholas Gerassimakis, and Sifu Vincent Lyn and continued with intense completion in over 120 Divisions on Saturday morning. The event was opened by the voice styling’s of Michael Walker singing the National Anthem while colors were posted by the Offutt AFB Honor Guard. Douglas County Commissioner Mary Ann Borgenson gave the event welcome and kicked off the competition.
According to Tournament Director Jeff Helaney, the day of intense competition closed with the awarding of 4 Overall Grand Championships. Belts were presented to: Kelly Gehring under 18 Gup/Kyu Grand Champion, Grant Mannschreck under 18 Black Belt Grand Champion, Leah Rowell Adult Gup/Kyu Grand Champion, and Ben Thompson Adult Black Belt Grand Champion.