2013 Southeast Regional Championships

Sun, 06/02/2013 - 3:37pm — webmaster

 On the weekend of May 3rd 5th, the Southeastern region of the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation had its spring cycle Dan Shim Sa (Black Belt test) and review, as well as its annual championships in Cleveland, Georgia.  As always, it was a great opportunity to renew friendships, test ourselves and strengthen our Tang Soo spirit.

The weekend began Friday night, with over 50 Black Belts and Cho Dan Bo (Black Belt Candidates) testing or reviewing at the White County YMCA.  The black belt test opened with the announcement of the high scores on the written test. Austin Vinson of Karate Central scored the highest among the children (96/A+), and among the adults, Laura White of Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts and Jennifer Walston of Smiths Tang Soo Do tied with a perfect score.   The Black Belt test was quite challenging, which is the Federations tradition. Best of test was awarded to Matthew Chandler of Smiths Tang Soo Do for the children and Caroline Wigmore of Karate World of North Georgia won best of test honors for the adults.  It was a great night watching all these students working towards their next level of training.


We were back at the YMCA early the next morning for the judges meeting and black belt competition.  Many color belts came early to see the exciting Black Belt competition.  As the black belts competed, everyone began gathering for opening ceremonies.  We had over 260 registered competitors from as far away as the Caribbean island of Dominica.


After the black belt competition, we began the opening ceremonies.  The Grand Championship Cups for the black belt competition were awarded to Laura Lee Sandberg of Karate World of North Georgia for the women and Master Will Potter of Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts for the men. Following this were black belt presentations for candidates who had successfully completed their six (6) month probationary period. 

By far, the highlight of opening ceremonies was the knighting of two new Master instructors. Those promoted to 4th Dan Master were Rachel Lynn Chisum of Eagle Leadership Martial Arts Academy and Will Potter of Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts. Seeing a martial artist achieve the Master level of training is always such a moving experience.


The tournament lasted into the late afternoon, and was a great success. All of the students performed with great Tang Soo Spirit.  I was proud to see all the color belts encouraging each other, and demonstrating not only great technique but great sportsmanship. 


Saturday evening, approximately 150 Federation members and their families gathered at the Old Heidelberg restaurant in Helen, GA for the Federations 10th Anniversary dinner party. Fun was had by all. There was even a large 10th Anniversary sheet cake for the entire group. Kwan Jang Nim gave a special presentation of the many accomplishments the Federation has had over the past ten (10) years. The organization started with 5 schools in 2003 and has grown to nearly sixty (60) schools in just ten years. There are thousands of members in seven different countries worldwide.


The weekend finished on Sunday, May 5th with Kwan Jang Nim and senior Federation Masters conducting a Federation instructor exam. Two new candidates tested for their instructor licenses and then immediately after that there was a Masters and school owners workout.


Sr. Master Michael Jett and I were honored to host this weekend event.  We would like to thank our students at Karate World of North Georgia for all their hard work in helping to make this a very successful event.  We would also like to thank those from all over the region for pitching in this weekend.



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by Sr. Master Deborah Jett, 5th Dan