2018 Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation Southwest Regional Leadership Camp

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 3:15pm — webmaster

The Southwest Region of the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation celebrated its 4th annual Leadership Camp and Dan Review over the weekend of May 4, 5, & 6th. This marked the Federation’s 2nd event at Butman Methodist Camp, in Merkel, TX. A number of students, instructors, and chaperones from a variety of schools within the region traveled many hours to participate in the Leadership Camp, coming together, once again, to enjoy the spirit and camaraderie so closely associated with The Federation’s camps and retreats, as well as to enjoy a variety of seminars, lectures, practical lessons, physical drills, leadership training sessions, and general education in the martial arts. This coming together of like minds was the embodiment of the camp’s theme, this year; “Passion, Purpose, Principle, Pilsung.”

This year, the camp commenced on Friday evening with testing and review of students working to achieve status as Certified Instructors of the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation, and a technical review of Black Belts and Black Belt Candidates. The review panel was chaired by Federation Grandmaster, Kwan Jang Nim J. John St. James, and the Kwan Jang Nim was accompanied by Masters Farquharson and Estrada. The technical review was an insightful opportunity for the participants, and a unique chance to receive detailed analysis of their efforts. Non-testing students and chaperones enjoyed free time for socialization, followed by an evening hike through the expansive grounds of Butman Camp.

Friday evening was rounded off by the traditional commencement address and motivational talk by KJN St. James, camp orientation, and review of schedule for Saturday’s activities.


Saturday morning began a full day of activities for the camp participants. Following breakfast, campers were divided into separate groups according to rank for hyung development training, under the direction of various instructors and school owners in attendance. Students were then allowed freedom to choose from a variety of concurrent sessions throughout the camp grounds, including knife technique, wrist locks, rolls and falls, and kids’ self-defense. Of note, one of the available sessions was a study of trigger point therapy, in cooperation with the Healing Warriors Society, hosted by Master Peter Estrada. Students enjoyed the flexibility to choose their area of study, made possible by the great number of highly-qualified instructors in attendance.

Lunch was followed by socialization and extra-curricular time for campers and chaperones. Many campers enjoyed the Butman Camp facilities, including the large, downhill waterslide, rock-climbing wall, and ropes course. Senior students, and those students participating in the Certified Instructor Training Program, used this time as an opportunity for learning under the wisdom of Master Mark Farquharson. Master Candidates (Sam Dan Instructors) used this time for intensive learning of advanced hyung application under the direction of KJN St. James.

Following the early afternoon activities, campers once-again availed themselves of a variety of learning opportunities in concurrent sessions, including sword techniques, advanced sparring concepts, spinning and jumping kicks, and self-defense, which lasted into the evening. Dinner was followed by yet more training opportunities in mind, body, and spirit, with further education under the scope of the Healing Warriors Society, while younger students enjoyed relaxation and socialization time.

Sunday morning breakfast was followed by group pictures, and students were treated to one, final set of concurrent sessions, choosing from sparring, grappling, and staff mechanics, all leading up to the traditional group hyung to drum, as conducted by KJN St. James. Final words and camp conclusion speeches were presented by KJN St. James, and Master Peter Estrada, who was the camp host, and all students, instructors, and chaperones were presented with finely-crafted certificates, personally signed by KJN St. James, securing their place in history as 2018 SW Leadership Camp Attendees.


The sense of accomplishment at the conclusion of the event was extraordinary, with all in attendance agreeing that the event was not only a resounding success for the physical training opportunities, but also for the mental and emotional development of the attendees, and the sense of enthusiasm for the next, great Federation event was palpable.    


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 Written Bu Sabom Nim Paul Dulaney, Sam Dan of Cornerstone Martial Arts & Leadership Academy