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20th Anniversary WHFSC Celebration

Unsolicited Testimonials

From: "chalacho balai"
To: gmfranksanchez@comcast.net
Sent: Tuesday, June 5, 2012 5:44:49 AM
Subject: Greetings

Dear GM Sanchez,

Thank you for an amazing conference, it was a pleasure to meet you and all the grandmasters! we have a great time in Orlando, it was very good experience and Haim was joyful. we hope we will stay in touch in the future it was honor to knowing you......

Chalacho Balai
(Representative for GM Haim Zut)
Krav Maga Haim Zut

From: James W. Dye
To: GMFrankSanchez@comcast.net
Sent: Monday, June 4, 2012 11:53:56 PM

Grandmaster Sanchez:
On behalf of myself, Grandmasters Robert Lyles,Calvin Campbell, Vincent Calloway and Masters Jimmy Nash Taj Colom,Kevin Simmons And Lenell Black thank you for a great hall ,seminars,food,fellowship, Friendship and environment.

GM James W. Dye

From: grandmaster david m. grago
To: "Frank Sanchez"
Sent: Monday, June 4, 2012 6:33:24 PM
Subject: The 20th Year Anniversary and Events

To my friend and brother in the Arts - Soke/Grandmaster Frank Sanchez

I would like to extend my thanks and the appreciation of our schools and the Federation for the magnanimous gesture of hosting the Pai Ceremony - under the auspices of the WHFSC. To me this was one of the most important events in my life - and the participation of so many present underscores the brotherhood and family of values held by the membership of this organization.

I am very proud to be a member of the council and we will continue to support the programs and events in a much larger way. Our resources are at your disposal - please, anything I can do to be of service as we begin the growth and outreach of the WHFSC will absolutely be my pleasure to accomplish.

Your brother in the Arts - David

Grandmaster David M. Grago
Ch'uang Chuan Pai - Southern Shaolin Kung Fu
Certified Senior Instructor - Kuoshu

From: "Yoni Dahan"
To: gmfranksanchez@comcast.net
Sent: Sunday, June 3, 2012 12:25:17 AM

Grand Master Frank Sanchez,

We had an amazing event tonight, thank you for your contribution to the World of Martial Art, and for the time and effort for the council. Congratulation on the 20th Anniversary, this is a real achievement and success......

Yoni Dahan

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Solitaire McAllister

I really had a wonderful time this year. met some very awesome people. what an honor to have been apart of it.

Phil Peplinski

Great event, I always come away from this gathering re-energized and with a renewed enthusiasm. It was great to see everyone again. Looking forward to next year.
Thank You.

Jason Inay

Honestly a great event, I very much enjoyed meeting new people and sharing in our dedication to the Martial Arts! Many thanks to Soke Sanchez and the advisory council.

Hans Ingebretsen

Thank you for making all of us feel so welcome you definitely put on a quality event!

Ronald Duncan

I am deeply touched...thank you GM Frank Sanchez for keeping me on board may God bless you.

Juerg Ziegler

Thanks for organising this great event with great people :)

Carl Pluchino

Thanks for running a great event.

Ronald Balas

Beautiful sentiments Soke Frank, yes, the event was just great. A beautiful 20th Congratulations.

GM Cynthia L Thompson

This was a wonderful seminar. It great being around grand masters who were actually participating and demonstrating instead of walking around saying I am the highest ranking person. IT was grandmasters over 60 and 70 teaching and not breaking a sweat. This was great. Can you spread some of that to Chicago. Thank-you for inviting me to this wonderful event and recognizing me. IT was a pleasure networking with everyone and learning from each other.

Dan Medina

It was indeed a event to remember. Thank you all for making us so welcome.

Gary Alexander

GM Sanchez, Congratulations on your fully successful 20th Anniversary. The entire event went off with organization and quality. Thank you from myself and the IAMA Members that participated.

Jim Arvanitis

Congrats my friend. Looks like it was a glorious time ... as expected. So sorry I was unable to make it.

Sam White

GM Sanchez, It was an honor to be associated with so many great martial artists at your 20th anniversary celebration. Thank you sir.

Vasilios Katsaitis

Congratulation !!!

Master Alfredo Torella 

FANTASTIC EVENT - I want to thank Soke Frank Sanchez for bringing all these magnificent Grandmasters and Masters together to celebrate the 20 years of the council ! Thank you to all the Grandmasters for sharing your priceless time and knowledge , I had a really good time . looking forward to next year ..osu

Joshua St.ives

Home from Orlando now, it was a great time at the Soke Council, and my award is awesome, not for looks but what it represents! I attended some great martial arts seminars and thank all those who taught the class's, you all did great!

Soke Gary Dill

Excellent Sokeship Concil event with back to back seminars by grandmasters, and hall of fame banquet.

Master Andrew

Fanelli World-Class Event!

Doug Cobb

What an experience! This is a phenomenal organization of the greatest martial arts legends. But, without the support of our students and friends, we couldn't have accomplished what we did. Thanks you all!

Terry Pointer

I really enjoyed myself... it was HONORED to be there... ous

Jill Hernandez

Just getting to Oklahoma from the World Head of Sokeship Council Hall of Fame Event in Orlando, Florida. It was an awesome 20th anniversary celebration. Congratulations to all of the inductees and to Grandmaster Frank Sanchez for maintaining such a prestigious Council of Grandmaster for so many wonderful years. I look forward to another 20 years of meeting with all of the wonderful Grandmasters, Masters, and other martial artists who attend these events. Thank you for the induction, I really enjoy being a member of the Master's Division of this council. I hope to see you all again next year.

From: "TNT Bilotta"
To: GMFrankSanchez@comcast.net
Sent: Friday, June 8, 2012 10:43:30 PM
Subject: Thank you

My students and me had a great time. Hope to return next year.

From: "Jill Marquez"
To: gmfranksanchez@comcast.net
Sent: Thursday, June 7, 2012 12:40:34 AM

Thank you Soke for the honor of being able to be a part of this monumental event. It truly was spectacular. I was also touched by your incredible performance and amazing voice. It was a great tribute to our service men and women and brought tears to my eyes. God has blessed you with many talents.

God Bless,

June 8, 2012

Dear Grandmaster Sanchez

Congratulations on the 20th Year Anniversary of the WHFSC and thank you for the opportunity to be a part of this special event! Had a great time at this year’s event and on a personal level, several items made it extra special.   For starters, I was pleasantly surprised to learn seminar leaders had a full hour to share their art. I have had the privilege of presenting at this event for several years now and the full hour made a significant difference since it allows more time for meaningful interaction with participants. The booth was such a kind gesture, we appreciate it tremendously.  Your student, Chris Marquez did an excellent job of overseeing the scheduling of the presenters and with me in particular his follow up in the days prior to the event was impeccable. Your son Mathew made it a point to visit and congratulate me and share kind words about my 17 month old daughter. These gestures are examples of how small details contribute to our overall experience.  I attended my first WHFSC event back in 1997 where I received an award for “Master Instructor of the Year”.  Fifteen years later we are truly grateful to be a part of this 20th year Anniversary!

With all my Gratitude and Respect Sir, may God continue to Bless You and Yours,


From: "Vincent Flores"
To: gmfranksanchez@comcast.net
Sent: Thursday, June 7, 2012 4:20:16 PM

Dear GM Sanchez, I had a great time and meet allot of Masters and GrandMasters from all over. My respect and thanks to all. Oss Sensei Vincent Flores

From: "Rufino Pambuan (NBC Universal, Orlando)"
To: gmfranksanchez@comcast.net
Sent: Thursday, June 7, 2012 12:55:51 PM Subject: RE: A SPECIAL NOTE OF THANKS

Hi GM Frank. How are you and your family? It my pleasure and an Honor to be apart of 20th Anniversary celebration WHFSC it always nice to see an old friend and meeting a new friend. Can wait till next year event. You know you can count on me and group if you need a help. Take care and thank you for being a friend. Say hello to your family. GOD Bless.


Ama Guro Raffy.

From: "Glenn C. Wilson"
To: gmfranksanchez@comcast.net
Sent: Saturday, June 9, 2012 11:42:43 AM

Grandmaster Sanchez,

Your efforts and determination to bring together and maintain a council of honorable and legitimate masters in the ,martial arts is truly commendable.

You have achieved what many have failed to do. I know, I have been around long enough to see many of them come and go. Within the Sokeship Council you are surrounded by honorable warriors and good friends……

Brother, it is a big Martial Arts world out there, yet when we all get together, it is not so big.

Aloha to you and my brothers and sisters in the Sokeship council. You can count on me and the Pai Lum Tao family.

Glenn C. Wilson
Grandmaster - Pai Lum Tao

From: Dr. “Robbie” Robinson
To: gmfranksanchez@comcast.net
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 11:38:50 AM
Subject: Re: IAMA & WHFSC - Ernie & Robby

GM Sanchez,

Thank you ever so much for your expeditious care in sending out the award and documents.

We were very impressed with the activities that you planned and put together so eloquently. It went beyond from just being another professional program and friendly meeting of martial artists. We praise your efforts which has an appreciative meaning to us……but moreover, for those youngsters who are just beginning to rise and shine amongst the many martial arts stars that attended this gala affair.



GM Robinson
Armed Services Judo & Jujitsu Academy

From: "Serge Aberilla"
To: GMFrankSanchez@comcast.net
Sent: Sunday, June 3, 2012 11:11:07 PM
Subject: Thank you....

GM Frank Sanchez,

Greetings from Chicago!

I just wanted to take this moment to convey GM Jimmy Tacosa and the TSE (Tacosa Serrada Escrima) group's gratitude...to you, your wife - May (special thanks), and your organization for the 20th anniversary WHFSC celebration, and all of your hospitality.

This year's event demonstrates a true bonding within the different myriad of martial arts internationally. It was an honor to be a part of this celebration, as well as, share the art of Tacosa Serrada Escrima within the community.

Good luck and God speed to you and the WHFSC's continued endeavors in advancing martial arts in the world.

Thank you and take care.

- Serge Aberilla ---- TSE - Chicago