2012 TAC Tour - The Art of Ho Sin Sul - The Next Step

Sat, 03/31/2012 - 3:37pm — webmaster

The Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation came together to kick-off its second annual TAC Tour of the Southeastern and Northeastern United States. Kwan Jang Nim John St. James, founder of the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation and Senior Master James Allison, TAC Ho Sin Sul Coordinator joined forces for the four (4) week tour.  Master Allison in addition to being a 5th Dan Master instructor with the APTSDF is also the founder and president of the International Hapkido Sun Moo Kwan Association and an 8th Dan in Hapkido. The Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation and the International Hapkido Sun Moo Kwan Association are associated through the Asia Atlantic Alliance and work closely together. 

This event materialized after the Technical Advisory Committee set up a "TAC Tour" of different Federation schools to pilot some of the Federation's recommended self-defense. It was also set up so that Grandmaster St. James could share his vision of the future with member schools as it relates to state of the art Ho Sin Sul and Moo Do spirit. In all, seventeen clinics and seminars were conducted throughout ten states. 

This year's tour featured a very special introduction to Ho Sin Jok Sul (Self Defense Kicking), Kwon Jyel Sul (Joint Locking from grab, punch, and weapon), body hold defenses, Nak Bup (Break Falling), and Dan Bong Sul (Short Stick Attacks and Defenses). Seminars covered real-deal self-defense utilizing various theories of escape, control, and neutralization. It also focused on the theories of Yu (water principle), Won (circular energy), and Wha (harmonization of force). 

This year's TAC Tour included stops in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New York. Side trips to Maine were also part of the itinerary. Grandmaster and Sr. Master Allison recently completed similar seminars in Aruba. 

In addition to the Ko Dan Ja, Yu Dan Ja, and gups, this year's clinic was also attended by senior ranks from outside of the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation as all clinics and seminars were open to anyone who wanted to attend. As space is limited in this article, Grandmaster St. James extends his deepest appreciation to all those who attended and participated as students from other organizations. 

 Judging by this year's attendance (360 participants), there is much to look forward to in 2013. For more information or to schedule an Art of Ho Sin Sul clinic, please call the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation at (678) 446-1183.

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by Mercy St. James, 2nd Dan