2013 APTSDF Southeastern Regional Black Belt Camp

Tue, 12/10/2013 - 11:38pm — webmaster

The Southeastern region of the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation had its annual Instructor’s Symposium and Black Belt Camp on the weekend of November 1 – 3, 2013. Everything was held once again at Camp ASCCA in Jackson’s Gap, AL. The Instructor Training Symposium (ITS) & Camp started on Friday morning November 1st at 9am.  We had over 170 Masters, instructors, and instructor trainees coming together for the weekend to learn, grow, and share.

Friday evening we had our fall cycle black belt test with over 50 testing or mid-terming to black belt or advanced black belt rank. Best overall test went to Benjamin Leverett for the children and Miranda Teixeira for the adults. Everyone was particularly proud of the overall sprit displayed throughout the over three hour test. Those students who didn’t participate in the test were treated to an early dinner and classes in self-defense (rolls and falls), empty hand forms, and staff (Bong).  After the test all the campers joined in a camp orientation highlighted by a gift of a Korean drum from the region to Kwan Jang Nim in celebration of the Federation's 10th anniversary. 

The next morning, camp started with a warm-up.  We continued with breakout classes for forms.  After lunch, the children were able to choose from several recreational activities including archery, zip-line, miniature golf, and or some extra training in the pavilion. While the children were enjoying the recreational activities, the adults attended a judge’s certification training seminar overseen by Sr. Master Deborah Jett.  All the regional Masters were able to share their expertise in judging to present and future Black Belts.  Throughout the day, the campers had multiple class options from, jump spinning kicks, ho sin sul, sparring, and weapons classes.

Saturday evening’s program started with dinner and then Kwan Jang Nim St. James gave a talk on the warriors way.  After that, instructors and trainees took a class on teaching breaking, while the rest of the campers practiced breaking.  After the breaking classes campers were treated to another concurrent session with multiple classes covering everything from the sparring, street defense and weapons. Later, the children got to see a movie, and the teens had a party in the game room and pavilion. The adults enjoyed the annual bon fire where they toasted marshmallows and enjoyed seeing their friends from throughout the region.

On Sunday morning Kwan Jang Nim and the Masters started with an early morning workout, then joined the rest of the campers for breakfast.  After breakfast, more classes were offered. We all gathered in the pavilion for certification and belt awards ceremonies.  Then the final class of the day was a session of forms training (Bassai) led by Kwan Jang Nim, with his new drum. This has become a camp tradition, and teaches everyone to really become one with the selected form. Finally, we ended with a graduation ceremony which consisted of many black belts being presented with their embroidered belts, ranking stripes, and or certificates. This group had successfully completed a six month probationary or look see period.

By Senior Master Deborah Jett, OH Dan