2016 Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation New England Regional Championships and Dan Shim Sa

Fri, 12/02/2016 - 8:40am — webmaster

The autumn changing of the leaves was a perfect backdrop for the 2016 New England APTSDF Championships and Regional Dan Shim Sa or black belt test. Federation schools from across the region gathered on Saturday, October 29th at Bethany Covenant Church in Berlin, CT for what turned out to be our largest Championships in years. Over 80 competitors and 10 Federation Masters took part in this spectacular gathering. Special thanks go out to Kwan Jang Nim St. James and International Master Deborah Jett for taking the time to join us and having an ever presence in our regional events.

Saturday began with our judges and scorekeepers meetings followed immediately by the Black Belt competition. The competition in the Black Belt divisions this year was fierce but friendly, with respect and humility shown by all.   Our Grand Champions this year were Mr. Daniel Maibor of Cambridge Tang Soo Do (Massachusetts) in the men's division, and Miss Kristen Mathew of Sunnyside Martial Arts Academy (Connecticut) in the women's division. Students and Masters then lined up for our opening ceremonies which were highlighted by a Master's demo and a regional school demo, both of which were very well received and enjoyed by the audience. The Gup competition followed immediately and again proved to be fierce but friendly, with many participating in their first regional competition.

Closing ceremonies were followed by a meeting of the regional leadership with KJN St. James to strategize for future training and events. Those who were able attended a Championship Banquet at a local restaurant where true fellowship with friends and our Tang Soo Do family was certainly on display.

After a restful night, the Dan Shim Sa began on Sunday morning at Sunnyside Martial Arts in Haddam, CT. Five test candidates and ten review candidates were on the mat for what proved to be a very challenging test. At a later meeting, the testing panel agreed that this was one of our best tests ever. The adult best of test honor went to Mr. Daniel Maibor of Cambridge Tang Soo Do who was testing for Sam Dan.The kids best of test honor went to Miss Alana Day of Great Bay Karate (New Hampshire) who was testing up from Junior Black Belt to Cho Dan.

This year's Regional Championships and Dan Shim Sa were a grand celebration of the New England Region's continued growth. We look forward to a bright and prosperous future with continued camaraderie among our Federation studios.

Tang Soo!! 

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Written by Master Anil Mathew, 4th Dan

Sunny Side Martial Arts