2012 Southeast Regional Championships

Mon, 04/30/2012 - 9:35pm — webmaster


Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts (BAMA), owned by Sr. Master Heather Potter and Mr. Will Potter, Sam Dan hosted the very successful event. The black belt test opened with the announcement of the high scores on the written test. Charlie Smiley of BAMA scored highest among the children with a 96, and among the adults, Laura Lee Sandberg of Karate World of North Georgia scored highest with a perfect score.

The Black Belt test was quite challenging as it always is. Of particular note were the two best of test winners which were Pierce Winkler of Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts for the children and Saul Barreto of Tennessee Tang Soo Do Studio for the adults. 


The tournament took place the following morning and started at 8 am sharp with a judges meeting. Black belt competition which started at 9 am was completed before many of the color belt competitors arrived so that everyone could witness the awarding of the championship cups. The women’s cup went to Laura Lee Sandberg of Karate World of North Georgia and the men’s cup was awarded to Chad Hinkle of West Texas Karate in Lubbock, Texas. Following this were black belt presentations for all candidates who had successfully completed their six (6) month probationary period. 


A very special moment followed black belt presentations when Grandmaster St. James awarded the first ever Brave Warrior trophy to Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts student Thomas Sullivan. Thomas is currently battling cancer and yet even though he was too weak to compete at the Championships, he came dressed out and supported the event nonetheless. Kwan Jang Nim told the entire assemblage that Thomas Sullivan is the embodiment of Moo Do spirit and everyone couldn’t have agreed more. 


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 by Sr. Master Deborah Jett, Oh Dan