On May 22nd 2012, Grandmaster Nam In Do visited Quest Martial Arts in Putnam, CT. Grandmaster Nam is from Taegu City, one of the places visited during the USGTSDA's 2010 Founding Fathers Tour of Korea. Even though we met him in Korea and watched the unbelievable demonstration team performances by his students, it was not our connection that brought him to rural Connecticut. He was here conducting seminars on how to live to be healthy at 100 at a local Korean cultural center. As a result of his visit to Northeast Connecticut, he was able to visit our Dojang just as we visited his in Taegu City. It is a big world, but our membership in the USGTSDA not only made it smaller, but more connected through our shared study of Tang Soo Do. Grandmaster Nam taught a Neh Gong clinic that included physical exercises/warm ups for keeping the body healthy for years of martial arts training. The majority of his seminar focused on breathing to support the internal functions of the body. Quest Martial Arts provided this seminar to its black belts as part of their advanced training in Tang Soo Do. Earlier in the visit, adult students of all rank performed forms demonstrations. Our advanced black belts were commended by Grandmaster Nam for their presentation of Lo Hai. We also had the opportunity to speak to Grandmaster Nam about the current history and connection between the government of Korea and Tang Soo Do. We are fortunate as martial artist to have connections that allow us to grow through new knowledge, and through expanding the depth and breath of our training.
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.