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.
David Bresnick, USPML (New York, NY)
Donnie Clark, Dallas Fort-Worth Mahjong
Edwin Dizon, Seattle Riichi Mahjong Club
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.)
Aldwin Gordula, Chicago Area Mahjong Players
Nima Hosseini, Los Angeles Pride of Mahjong
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.
Zac Leak, Oklahoma Mahjong
Daniel Moreno, Pacific Mahjong League
Luke Morgan, RIT Nine Gates Mahjong Club
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.