The Tang Soo Do Master's Alliance recently hosted its 12th "Best of the Best" fighting challenge on Saturday, February 7th, 2010. This is a Black Belt Competition without age, sex, or weight divisions; the only requirements are that competitors must be 16 or older to compete and have the permission of their instructor. It is a double eliminations event with a single trophy awarded to the victor. "There can be only one" is the tag line for the annual event. This year 19 competitors entered the double elimination invitational event, and after 36 fights, Cory Lutkus of the Charland Institute of Karate was victorious. Way to go Cory! Tang Soo!
Mr. Tupper & Mr. Henderson (center)
On January 9, 2010 a black belt exam was held at Browns Karate in Franconia, VA. The following students were promoted:
James Henderson, 4th dan
Todd Tupper, 3rd dan
Tony Esteve, 2nd dan
Roger Webb, 1st dan
Brown's Karate was founded by Master Barry Brown who earned his first degree black belt in 1972 and subsequent belts culminating in his 8th degree in 2004. For over 25 years he taught at Roberts Karate in Springfield, VA, before the school closed at the end of 2005. He began his training in Pennsylvania in the Japanese Shotokan style, but upon moving to the DC area in the late 1960s, switched to the Korean Tang Soo Do style. His 40 years of practicing and teaching karate render him a very effective teacher.
Ms. Lengyel and Ms. Coutu
Mike Bogdanski's Martial Arts, located in Putnam, has promoted two more students to the rank of first degree Black Belt. Michelle Lengyel and Lynne Coutu were recently promoted by Master Bogdanski and Master Duethorn in the martial art of Tang Soo Do.
Congratulations to them both from the USGTSDA!
TSDMA Dan Shim Sa
The Tang Soo Do Masters Alliance headquartered in Watertown, CT completed it's Fall Shim Sa (Dan Classing) on November 7, 2009. As part of the testing all of the Dan members in attendance demonstrate hyungs and other technical aspects of the art. A portion of the testing is closed to spectators. The open portion occurs on the final day during their demonstration for friends and family. Congratulations to the following students who promoted as a result of their efforts during the Shim Sa.
The weekend of September 25th was an important one for the students of Family Martial Arts in Woodbine, GA. Seven students traveled to Fayetteville, North Carolina to compete in their first US Goodwill Tang Soo Do Regional competition. The Tournament was hosted by the Unites States Goodwill Tang Soo Do Association’s representative, Master David Sgro, founder of San Kil Tang Soo Do. Instructors Cindy Barrington, Mary Beth Crawford, and James Barrington trained their students rigorously to prepare for this tournament. “It was very exciting preparing for my own competitions in the past, but it does not even compare to the excitement of having my students compete for the first time!” explains Mary Beth Crawford.
Kristin Duethorn, 40, of Pomfret recently was promoted to fourth-degree Black Belt (a Master Instructor) in Tang-Soo Do by seventh-degree Black Belt Mike Bogdanski. Duethorn is the co-owner of Mike Bogdanski’s Martial Arts Center in Putnam, CT. Several martial arts Masters attended the graduation while Duethorn demonstrated elements of karate, Jiu Jutsu, kickboxing, board-breaking and weaponry.
Background: Duethorn has a husband, Mark, and two sons, Colin, 15, and Kyle, 13. She is a former English teacher who worked at Woodstock Academy and Hyde School of Woodstock. She has been involved in martial arts for 11 years. She was program director and lead instructor at the martial arts school before becoming co-owner.
Martial Arts Center: The school is designed to be an achievement center that teaches modern self-defense and life-skills, such as goal-setting, a commitment to attitude of constant personal improvement and the possession of an indomitable spirit. For information about the school, go to www.martialart-skills.com.
Quotable: “(Martial arts) has helped me so much with my health and confidence and learning about life and how people work. It took me by surprise. It’s not all about punching and kicking. It’s one of the most transformational experiences I can think of.”
The United States Goodwill Tang Soo Do Association became a member of of the World Dang Soo Do Union (WDU). The WDU was was founded by Choeng Jae Nim Song Ki Kim (Dan #312), who currently resides in Song Tan, Korea. The WDU was created as organization in which member associations could keep their indepenence, yet interact and support the growth of traditional Dang (Tang) Soo Do worldwide. The World Dang Soo Do Union is not a Federation or and Association. As it's name implies it is a Union of Federations and Associations. Many people are already a part of great Federation or Association, but are looking for something bigger or even just looking for roots back to Korea. For many the WDU provides this. The WDU is headquartered at the historic SoungTan Moo Duk Kwan Dojang in Soungtan, Korea (now a part of Pyongtaek city). The Soungtan dojang was opened by Choeng Jae Nim in 1958 as is currently open today with head Master Kim, Yoon Ki.
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.