We are happy to announce Black Belt Victoria Rivas will be the official USGTSDA website administrator! Please send your school and association news to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. To guarantee a quicker response, please put USGTSGA in the title.
Congratulations to Dan #328 Ian Kurzrock (L) for being picked for the USGTSDA Silver scholarship. KJN Voelker presented the award tonight after teaching a class on breathing and forms.
Congratulations to Litchfield Tang Soo Do & Charland Karate Black Belt Jeremy Collette (R) on being named one of the USGTSDA Scholarship recipients. Mr. Collette was presented the award tonight at LTSD by KJN Stephen Voelker. Tang Soo!
Congratulations to SBN Kristin Duethorn- Women's Black Belt Forms Grand champion. Master D. is the chairperson of the USGTSDA. She is the co-owner of Quest Martial Arts in Putnam with Grandmaster Mike Bogdanski. She is pictured here with KJN Marco Desipio
Annually The TSD Masters Alliance holds a charity fundraiser at KJN Charland's school in Watertown, CT. Congratulations to Coleen Solitro of Quest Martial Arts (Putnam, CT) and Tyler Leclerc (New York) for being this years champions
Garth Charland was promoted to the rank of 7th Dan. Kwan jang Nim Charland is the owner of the Charland Institute of Karate and Fitness in Watertown, CT. He is a senior advisor to the U.S.G.T.S.D.A., former USG chair and co-founder of the Tang Soo Do Master's Alliance. KJN Charland was a top sparring competitor and is a renowned breaking expert.
It was a great weekend for the USGTSDA as students and instructors participated in the American Tang Soo Do Association’s annual tournament in Andover, Massachusetts. The event was hosted by Grandmaster Penny Mitchell who along with her fantastic team of senior masters, ran a fantastic event. There were divisions for breaking, extreme breaking, all weapons, chil sung forms, traditional forms, and sparring. Many students, and their instructors brought home medals reflecting their hard work and dedication. The USGTSDA, however, supports this event because it represents true Tang Soo Do atmosphere. We deeply appreciate the opportunity for our students to get out of their studios and test not only their skill, but their character in an environment where both are expected. Next up: New England Championships on May 2nd in Old Saybrook, CT- save the date!
Grandmaster Wesley C. Jenkins, founder and owner of Tiger Do Jang martial arts and fitness facility in Waldorf, was honored with two awards in his hometown of Waterbury, Conn., on Nov. 14.
The Connecticut General Assembly issued a citation to Jenkins for his induction into the 2014 Martial Arts Hall of Fame.
The citation states, “The Connecticut General Assembly hereby offers its sincerest congratulations to Wesley C. Jenkins in recognition of his many accomplishments, which include several state and international championships, using your talent and experience to start a gym that combined teaching karate and cardio fitness, which was truly visionary. As our nation has just observed Veterans Day, we also thank you for your military service to this country. We want to especially commend and congratulate you on being selected to the Philadelphia Historic Martial Arts Society Hall of Fame in the class of 2014. The entire membership extends its very best wishes on this memorable occasion and expresses the hope for continued success.”
The citation was followed by Monroe Webster, representative for Mayor Neil M. O’Leary, presenting Jenkins with the key to the city of Waterbury.
“On behalf of all those who question if success is an illusion, let my acceptance of the key to the city of Waterbury, Conn., be your answer,” Jenkins said in a news release. He also said he was surprised with the awards, and he was overwhelmed with gratitude for those who took the time and effort to recognize and honor him.Jenkins is an eighth dan black belt in the art of tang soo do. Jenkins is acknowledged and respected by several grandmasters in the art, the release states. World-famous Grandmaster C.S. Kim said, “Master Jenkins gives so much to the martial arts world. He provides our community with a great place to learn morals, values, respect and discipline.”
Tiger Do Jang is on Henry Ford Circle in Waldorf.
Founded by Jenkins in 1999, the school teaches tang soo do karate to students of all ages. Tiger Do Jang offers before- and after-school day care and summer camp. Jenkins also teaches boot camp fitness classes and personal training for sculpting bodies.
Jenkins said that the mission of Tiger Do Jang is “to educate, motivate and demonstrate to our students the philosophy that there is no problem which cannot be solved, no obstacle so great that it cannot be overcome if you approach it with confidence, intelligence, persistence and a positive mental attitude.”
KJN Bogdanski and SBN Duethorn visited ATA headquarters in Malden, Massachusetts and conducted a clinic for Grandmaster Mitchell and students.
The main purpose of the USGTSDA is to benefit the physical and mental health of its members through the practice and development of Tang Soo Do by providing Clinics, Tournaments and other events on a Regional, National and International level.