Happy New Year!

China Ultimate wishes you and yours a happy year of the ox.

And a reminder that the Kunming Hat Tourney is next weekend. Not too late to register.

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Kunming Hat Tourney update: party theme

From Jonathan Berry:

In this time of new beginnings, we at Kunming hat have decided on the theme of our tournament: Initiations. This tournament is both the initiation of Kunming onto the China Ultimate scene and the initiation of many of our players into the Ultimate world in general. How is this a costume theme? Interpret it however you like: inaugurations, initiations of fraternities, sororities, secret societies, cults, etc. Don’t like any of those? Come up with your own idea and convince fellow party-goers of its merit. The party on Saturday will be full of Ultimate drinking games and general good times.

But wait, there’s more! In honor of the theme, we’re going to have a little competition. Since this is a hat tournament, it will be an individual competition. Anyone who wants to can invent a drinking game and present it to fellow players. We will be providing solo cups (we hope), ping pong balls, shot glasses, dice, discs and playing cards to a reasonable degree (i.e. if your game involves a huge number of props, you’re responsible). If you want to use something other than those, bring it yourself. It’s up to you to convince your fellow partiers to play your game. At the end of the night, a vote will be taken on the best new drinking game and it will be initiated into the China Ultimate world! The winner will receive a prize to be named later. Use your imagination here people, there are limitless possibilities.

Details on the first ever Kunming Hat Tourney

Kunming, officially one of the most beautiful cities in China, is hosting its first-ever tournament on Feb. 7-8. For just 300 RMB ($43) you get:

  • Dinner on Saturday night
  • Two free drinks at both parties
  • Beer and liquor at the fields
  • Tourney disc
  • Jersey


Jonathan Berry has these details about registration:

To register, send an email to: kunminghat@gmail.com with the following:
-Name
-Sex
-Age
-Height
-Jersey size (Chinese sizes)
-Accommodation preference and length of stay
-A rank of yourself in each of the following categories: experience,
defense, speed, throwing and receiving. See the chart below (borrowed from
the kind people of Bangkok Hat)

Experience
1- 0-6 months
2- 6 months or more, pickup only
3- More than 6 months, league experience
4- More than 2 years, mid-level club player
5- High-level club experience

Defense
1- No strategy
2- Understands a force
3- Understands a force and can play zone
4- All the above and known as a good defender

Speed
1- I can barely run
2- I can only keep up with a few opponents tops on any given line
3- I can hold my own against most
4- I got wheels

Throwing
1- Can barely throw a flick, if at all
2- Can throw flicks and backhands short-range, no breaks
3- Can make longer throws and sometimes break
4- I got hucks and breaks all day

Receiving
1- I have butterfingers
2- Can catch pretty well but has trouble with reading
3- Can catch under pressure and read pretty well
4- Just put it

Party theme to come.

Hope to see you all down here!
-The TDs

Here’s the Facebook event link for easy forwarding. Plane tickets are going real cheap, as low as 400 RMB on a site called Qunar, so act fast.

Beijing vs. Shanghai at the Hong Kong tournament party

Judge for yourself:

Beijing reenacting Lemon Demon’s “The Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny”:

Shanghai as characters from Mortal Kombat, Street Fighter and Double Dragon:

Video from Hong Kong tournament

From the “Enter the Dragon” 11th annual Pan-Asia Ultimate Frisbee tournament in Hong Kong, courtesy of Asia Ultimate TV:

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The Philippines’ Sunken Pleasure beat Beijing Big Brother 15-12 in the finals. Neither team had more than a two-point lead until the very end. Congratulations to Sunken Pleasure, who became the first non-Manila team from the Philippines to win an international sports tournament.

Pictures from Timothy ORourke’s Flickr are here.