During the 2015 NYC Open, a group of players from across North America sat and talked about our different groups from all over the region. There were enough of us to realize that we should be working together to help each other out. From that discussion came an idea about bringing us together and the idea of an organization came into being.
That organization would eventually become the North American Riichi Mahjong Association, or NARMA for short.
To foster cooperation, share valuable resources, and to establish visibility and legitimacy for the North American Riichi Mahjong community.
To foster cooperation in an individual and club level within North America.
To provide, exchange, and collaborate in the distribution and production of resources that are valuable to our community.
To increase visibility and establish legitimacy for the North American Riichi Mahjong community.
We will look to achieve our mission statement by adhering to our core values of accessibility, transparency and the respect for autonomy.
Encourage club tournament standardization
Host accessible tournaments
Establish a comprehensive repository of relevant knowledge and tools.
Foster relationships with international communities and groups.
Greetings mahjong players! My name is Ryan Adams. I am the leader of the group Panhandle Mahjong in Crestview, Florida. I knew of mahjong when I was very young. My mother would invite her friends over to play Filipino style every other Saturday night. When I woke up, the tiles would be on the table and I would start to match them up.
I got into Riichi style in late 2011. After playing the mahjong app Janryumon, I started to teach my friends at my local gaming store. Ever since then, I have been competing in numerous tournaments, demonstrating the game at local conventions, and running tournaments. As a NARMA board member, I want to increase participation in Riichi Mahjong by looking at current methods of training new players and either improving it or devise new ways of getting new players into the game.
I can always figure how long I’ve played mahjong as I can always date it to when I watched the anime series Saki. I also quickly realized that it wasn’t realistic, yet I seem to have the apparent superpower of getting chiitoitsu.
On the more serious side, my hope is that mahjong in North America becomes equal to that of Europe and can eventually stand toe-to-toe with Japan. I bring my tournament director experience as a former player-director of the Seattle HS Metro Chess League.
(And while I’m wearing a Golden Eagles jersey, I’m actually a huge Hiroshima Carp fan.)
I joined the Los Angeles Pride of Mahjong and the online mahjong community in 2017. Known as "Light Grunty" online, I made a series of videos aiming to teach new players the basics of riichi mahjong. Recently, I have been translating Japanese mahjong content into English, as well as creating new content for players who want to play mahjong competitively.
I began playing mahjong in college in the mid-90's, and then once I graduated I thought I would never play again. Ten years later, I chanced upon a meeting of Rochester NY's fledgling RIT Nine Gates Mahjong Club and have been playing ever since. I run the mahjong information and strategy site Reach Mahjong of New York (mahjong-ny.com), as well as organize and judge at events across the country, from the Rochester Riichi Open to the NAO to the WRC. I hope to work towards growing a friendly, fair, and open mahjong club and tournament network across North America.