2013 Master’s Clinic

Sun, 04/07/2013 - 8:52pm — webmaster

The Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation, headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia recently hosted their annual Ko Dan Ja or Master’s Clinic. Masters and Master’s candidates from across the U.S. traveled to the annual Ko Dan Ja and spent three (3) days focusing on the history, tradition, culture, philosophy, and physical skills related to the ancient art of Tang Soo Do. The clinic took place from Friday, March 1st to Sunday, March 3rd at Federation headquarters in Suwanee and also at Sugarloaf United Methodist Church in Duluth, GA.   

 Kwan Jang Nim John St. James, 8th Dan President and Founding Master of the APTSDF, led the team of 25 Masters and Master’s candidates. The program started with a general orientation on Friday morning at 9 am. The physical emphasis again this year was placed on Master level traditional Tang Soo Do hyungs (forms) and ho sin sul (self-defense). Masters also spent time working on various weaponry (staff, dagger, sword, short stick, and cane), and heightened awareness training. All Masters and candidates in attendance trained on chi gong as well as advanced teaching principles or the art of pedagogy. 

The first full day of the Ko Dan Ja went by fast. Sessions included weapons training (bong and sword) as well as basic and advanced self defense and practical application (shil ki) training including Training for Trainers session on ho sin sul. Night classes covered everything from nutrition to how to use state of the art automation on the Federation website. There was also an introduction to the Federation’s certified instructor training course and a presentation on the history of the martial arts.   


On Saturday, the Masters and Candidates were treated to classes in ho sin sul which covered everything from the fundamentals of ho sin sul to specialized palm heal self-defense. Classes were also offered on joint locks from grabs, punches, weapons, as well as special use locks from the ground. Later, everyone participated in Yu Sool or soft style sweeps, Kali, and sparring classes. Classes were also offered in  Ji Pang Ee Sul (cane techniques), conditioning, and the dagger with application . Later that night, presentations included topics as diverse as building a pee wee program to building a family program and adult team. The Federation’s annual Board of Director’s meeting took place from 8 pm to 10 pm and then it was time for another section the Ko Dan Ja Shim Sa (grading) which had started the night before and ended Sunday morning at 11:30 am. Candidates tested to 6th Degree as well as for 4th Degree Master this cycle. 

Written by Deborah K. Jett, 5th Dan

Board Secretary and Treasurer, Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation