Vision Tour 2009

Thu, 10/15/2009 - 9:36pm — webmaster

Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation
2009 Vision Tour

Submitted by Senior Master Deborah Jett - 5th Dan
Karate World, Suwanee, Georgia

Eastern United States, September 9th through September 25th

Two martial arts Federation founders from across the world came together to kick-off Kwan Jang Nim John St. James’s Vision Tour of the Southeastern and Northeastern United States recently. Kwan Jang Nim St. James, founder of the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation and Kwan Jang Nim Stephen Washington of the Asia Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation joined forces for the nearly three week tour.  Kwan Jang Nim Washington traveled from Asia Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation headquarters in Noarlunga, South Australia to attend and teach at the events. The Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation and the Asia Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation are sister organizations.

This event materialized after Kwan Jang Nim St. James set-up a “Meet the Founders” tour of thirteen different Federation schools to coincide with the 13 influences of the Sip Sam Seh. It was also set-up so that Kwan Jang Nim St. James could share his vision of the future with member schools. In all, thirteen clinics and seminars were conducted over approximately three weeks.

Kwan Jang Nim St. James presenting 8th Dan certificate to Kwan Jang Nim Stephen WashingtonKwan Jang Nim St. James presenting 8th Dan certificate to Kwan Jang Nim Stephen Washington

Other Vision Tours are scheduled for next year in other parts of the US, Europe, and Asia. This year’s tour however featured a very special Grandmaster’s rank certification and ceremony for Kwan Jang Nim  Washington. Kwan Jang Nim Washington was presented his 8th Dan rank by organizational heads representing the Asia Atlantic Alliance at one of the thirteen Vision Tour clinics on September 12, 2009 in Buford, Georgia. The actual ceremony was presided over by Kwan Jang Nim Chuck Blackburn, 8th Dan, founder of the Spiritual Martial Arts Association, Kwan Jang Nim James Allison, 8th Dan, founder of the International Sun Moo Kwan Federation, and Kwan Jang Nim David Wilson, 8th Dan, founder of the American Tang Soo Do Federation. Kwan Jang Nim St. James served as master of ceremonies and was very pleased to also host Master Constantino Terrigno, from Two Dragons Tang Soo Do and Publisher of the Tang Soo Do World website at the banquet and ceremonies.

This year’s Vision Tour included stops in North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire. Side trips to New York and Maine were also part of the itinerary. In addition to the dignitaries mentioned above, attendance this year included the following Masters: International 6th Dan Master Carole Coker, 5th Dan Masters,  Stacy Busby, Deborah Jett,   Antonio Rivera, Jr., Marc Sattler, Christian Klacko, 4th Dan Masters, Carrell Smith, Greg Sibley, Heather Potter, Mike Jett, and Luis Parra-Flores. There were also a number of Master’s Candidates in attendance. These included: Mark Farquharson, Kristan Meetze, Trevor Becker, and Francisco Miro.

In addition to the Ko Dan Ja, Yu Dan Ja, and gups, this year’s clinic was also attended by senior ranks from outside of the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation as two of the 13 clinics and seminars were open to all Tang Soo Do students, both inside and outside of the APTSDF. As I was writing this article, Kwan Jang Nim St. James asked me to extend his deepest appreciation to all those who attended from other organizations.  

Training at this year’s Vision Tour included four different training sessions instructed by Kwan Jang Nim Washington and Kwan Jang Nim St. James. These included sessions on shil ki or practical application from hyung, ho sin sul, bong or staff, and kyol hap ki sul or combination techniques for Ja Yu Dae Ryun or sparring. On one of the stops, bonus segments also consisted of Qi Gong and Hapkido. Those segments were led by Kwan Jang Nim Blackburn and Kwan Jang Nim Allison. Other smaller segments included CPR certification instructed by Master Bill Scandrett, 4th Dan of the International Sun Moo Kwan Federation and an Elite Leadership presentation by Kwan Jang Nim St. James.  Senior Masters 7th Dan and above learned Acan Kwon, Tae Kuk Kwon, and So Rim Jang Kwon as well as the practical application behind them. One of the many purposes of the Vision Tour was to bring back traditional hyung that has been lost to so many Tang Soo Do practitioners.

It is such an honor to be taught by Grandmasters with so much experience and knowledge of Tang Soo Do.  Not only were the physical skills taught very thought provoking, but the history being taught was amazing.  I can only hope to carry that knowledge to future generations of Tang Soo Do practitioners.

If this year’s attendance is any indication of what to expect next year, there is much to look forward to in 2010. Future Vision Tours are being scheduled for Mexico, Canada, Aruba, Iran, Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific rim. For more information please call the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation at (770) 614-9884.


We would like to thank Master Terrigno for producing the following videos of the Vision Tour 2009

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Video Highlights
Sword Hyung - Master Heather Potter

Bong Hyung - Master Michael Jett