2016 Southeast Regional Championships and Dan Shim Sa

Sun, 05/15/2016 - 7:41pm — webmaster

On the weekend of April 15-16, 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 Trussville, Alabama. Over 70 Black Belts and Cho Dan Bo (Black Belt Candidates) tested or reviewed at the Trussville Civic Center on Friday night April 15th. Two hundred and twenty (220) competitors gathered the next day with over 500 people in attendance at the same facility for the regional championships.

Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts (BAMA), owned by Sr. Master Heather Potter, 5th Dan and Master Will Potter, Sah Dan hosted the very successful event. The black belt test opened with the announcement of the high scores on the written test. Liam Eubanks of BAMA scored highest among the children with a 95, and among the adults, Eric Jackson also of BAMA scored highest with a score of 99.

The Black Belt test was quite challenging as it always is. Of particular note were the two best of test winners which were Trinity Johnson of Family Martial Arts Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina for the children and Brantley Hudson of BAMA 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 Ivana Dalton of Karate World of Buford, Georgia and the men’s cup was awarded to Keith Horrell also of Karate World of Buford. Youth Grand Champion Cups were awarded to Dia Baldwin of Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts, Birmingham, Alabama (BAMA) for the young ladies and to Brantley Hudson also of Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts for the young men. Following this were black belt presentations for all candidates who had successfully completed their six (6) month probationary period of which there were many. 

The tournament lasted into the early evening with everyone giving their best. All of the students performed admirably. Later that evening there was a victory dinner for all who wanted to attend the Palace Restaurant and even later a leadership meeting with all Masters and school owners in Kwan Jang Nim’s suite. Overall, it was an excellent weekend of Tang Soo Do as the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation continues to grow in the southeast. 


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By International Master Deborah Jett, Yuk Dan