Becoming One with Nature: The 1st Annual Region 1 Dan Camp Held in Rockaway Beach, OR

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The first-ever Region 1 Dan Camp was held from June 28th-30th at Camp Magruder located in Rockaway Beach, OR. This unique event brought WTSDA members from all over Region 1, and even some from Region 5, to the sleepy coastal town of Rockaway Beach. Our small group of 31 kids and adults ranged in rank from red belts to 6th degree Masters. The location, Camp Magruder, was a perfect hideaway for our group to train together, learn new skills, socialize, and become one with nature.

The Dan Camp started Friday evening with a short team building game lead my Mrs. Gena Eiseman. This game helped us all to reaquaint ourselves with each other and loosen up after a long day of travel. Following dinner, a score keeping clinic where we all discussed proper score keeping procedures and tested our knowledge on common, and not so common, examples. At the end, everyone who passed the test (which they unknowingly took), was awarded with an official certificate to validate their new skills. After everyone got settle, we gathered around the campfire pit for s’mores and socializing. Before bed, Master Becky Wolverton led the group through a night time “Jedi training”. This was a special sessions in which we practiced our sword techniques using light up swords!

Saturday started bright and early with a peaceful walk through the meditation labyrinth followed by a short Ki Gong session. After filling our bellies with a hearty breakfast, opening ceremonies, and a great warm-up the training came at us like a firehose! We started the day warming up with Pyung Ahn forms lead by Master Juanya Williams, this was followed by a focus on Tang Soo Do fundamentals lead by Master John Auer. We closed out the morning with session lead by Mrs. Leslie Flaum called “Conducting with Confidence.” We got to flex our teacher and conductor voices by leading the group using techniques in confidence and voice projection by Ms. Flaum.

After a quick lunch, attendees were give a variety of activies to choose from for the rest of the afternoon. These included, Sparring Drills (Master John Auer), Wushu Staff Form (Master Sue Helsdon), Tricking (Ms. Maria Thomas), Practical Hyung Applications (Mr. Jon Chandler), Haidong Gumdo (Master Becky Wolverton), and Staff One Steps (Master Sue Helsdon)

Dinner brought with it a presentation on martial arts photography by Ms. Leslie Flaum followed by and interactive lecture about Storytelling in Demos presented and lead by Mrs. Kisa Whipkey.

To close out the long day of training, Master Robert Nelson lead the group to beach to watch the sun go down as we practiced forms, basics, and a little goofing off. The sun and the weather provided us with a perfect show as we were lucky enough to see that “green flash” as the sun ducked behind the horizon. Once we brushed the sand from our dobohks and changed into dry clothes, we all met around the campfire again for social time and s’mores.

On the last day of the camp we were greeted by a beautiful beach that had now been exposed by the low tide. The sand, the waves, and the incredible view was our dojang. Mrs. Gena Eiseman lead us through Ki Gong to get our blood flowing and wake our bodies. This was followed by Sam Soo Sik drills (Master Robert Nelson) in which the sand showed us if we were moving our feet correctly.  To wrap up the entire weekend, the attending Masters each took a rank group to fine tune each groups’ hyung requirements.

After changing, clean-up, and moving out of our bunks, we all wish each other safe travels and well wishes. Many left this event with a determination to be back the next year.

See you all next year!

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2019 Summer Clinics are HERE!

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Online registration for the 2019 summer clinics are open. You can register for both RIGHT NOW! We have two great clinics planned this summer. See below for more information about each clinic.

Seattle Clinic & Cookout

We are pleased to announce the Region 1 Seattle Clinic. This event is open to all current World Tang Soo Do Association Members. The clinic is open to all ranks age 8 and above. This event will give participants an opportunity to focus their training for a whole day on a variety of topics and will help us build strength and unity as WTSDA members. We hope you will join us in this memorable event. We have chosen Camp Long in West Seattle as the site for this year’s event. It will be a great spot to gather and train. The year, we have a special guest instructor… Master Kelly Goodwin!

Register online here: Seattle Clinic Registration

Lake Tahoe Clinic

We are looking forward to hosting your visit to our Lake Tahoe Clinic this year. We will be holding the event at Sugar Pine Point State Park. ​Sugar Pine Point is on Hwy 89, 10 miles south of Tahoe City near the town of Tahoma. It is close to the beach, mountain biking, and hiking.

Register online here: Lake Tahoe Clinic Registration

2019 Regional Championship held in San Francisco, CA

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What an honor it was to host fellow Tang Soo Do practitioners in San Francisco for the WTSDA Region 1 Championship this May! After months of planning and preparation, hours of training, and hundreds of emails, the day of the championship was finally upon us, and you could feel the anticipation in the Paresh community. Grandmaster Strong, 12 Masters including Master Merrill and Regional Director Master Wolverton, and numerous family members looked on as 211 competitors representing 10 dojangs came to compete, from the littlest Dragon to the most senior 3rd Dan.

At the opening ceremony, Grandmaster Strong promoted four martial artists to Master and 4th Dan: Master Robert Nelson (Loyal Heights Martial Arts), Master Kristina Ohlson (Paresh Martial Arts), Master Juanya Williams (Loyal Heights Martial Arts), and Mr. Robert Gross (Dragon Heart Tang Soo Do II). Master Mark Taylor (Puget Sound Tang Soo Do) was promoted from 4th Dan Master to 5th Dan Master. This was an especially moving moment for the Paresh community as we watched our Chief Instructor don her red and black belt for the first time and in her hometown. It was also a sobering moment as Master Ohlson shared that she will be moving back to her other hometown in New England this summer. The Yang of our pride in her met with the Um of knowing
we will soon miss her, and both came from the love we have for her and the love she has showed us for over a decade. Thank you Master Ohlson!

The gup competition was prefaced by Grandmaster Strong’s presentation of Oh Sip Sah Bo hyung. He delivered each move in the form with such intention that it left the rest of us in an almost meditative state. Next, we enjoyed a performance from the Parangal Dance Company, a professional dance group that celebrates and preserves traditional Philippine culture. Mr. Don Aguillo (3rd Dan, Instructor, Paresh Martial Arts) performed with the group, drawing a connection between the two rich art forms he practices. Finally, three dojangs participated in the creativity competition. They were all such different styles, but the dedication and effort from each team was evident. For me this competition was a personal highlight. It was the first time my daughter and I participated in the demonstration team. We auditioned, practiced, and performed together. To add to this moment, my parents, who came out from New York to watch us, were in the audience along with my husband and young son (Little Dragon). The gup competitions were energizing both as a participant and a spectator. In my junior rank ring, it was the first time competing for many of us. We cheered each other on, sparred ambitiously and respectfully, and gave each other hugs at the end. I was most impressed with the 10th gup in our ring who nailed her hyung not once but twice and who was a force to spar with. She swept the ring placing first in both competitions; I was so proud of this person I had only just met.

Hosting the tournament this year brought out the best in our community. So many volunteered time and donated money to make this a memorable event. I sincerely thank those who took the trip out to San Francisco and hope you took home fond memories and a renewed commitment to practicing our art. Tang Soo!

Ana Echániz (7th gup, Paresh Martial Arts)

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2019 Regional Championship Results

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We had an exciting competition earlier this month at our annual Region 1 Championship. Here are the results of the cup winners, creativity competition, and scholarship awards. For a more detailed recount of the day of the championship, read this article by Ana Echániz.

2019 Dan Cup Winners

  • Youth female – Evie Dowd, Dragon Heart Tang Soo Do, Garberville, CA
  • Youth male – Caleb Cathey, Roseburg Martial Arts Academy, Roseburg, OR
  • Adult female – Yamilet Reyes, Reno United Tang Soo Do, Reno, NV
  • Adult male – Elijah Stephenson, Martial Arts Revelation, Windsor, CA
  • Senior female – Jennifer Cumming, Paresh Martial Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • Senior male – Leland Salomon, Dragon Heart Tang Soo Do, Garberville, CA

2019 Gup Cup Winners

  • Junior female – Kelsey Greenberg, Paresh Martial Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • Junior male – Zed Millette, Paresh Martial Arts, San Francisco, CA
  • Adult female – Kirsten Vasquez, Dragon Heart Tang Soo Do II, Arcata, CA
  • Adult male – Justin Davis-Smith, Roseburg Martial Arts Academy, Roseburg, OR
  • Senior female – Denise Vaughan, Evergreen Tang Soo Do Academy, Seattle, WA
  • Senior male – Ross Huber, Dragon Heart Tang Soo Do, Garberville, CA

2019 Creativity Award Winners

  • First Place – Evergreen Tang Soo Do Academy, Seattle, WA
  • Second Place – Dragon Heart Tang Soo Do II, Arcata, CA
  • Third Place – Paresh Martial Arts, San Francisco, CA

2019 Scholarship Award Winners

  • Stephanie Glascock, Evergreen Tang Soo Do Academy, Seattle, WA
  • Daniel Murchison, Dragon Heart Tang Soo Do, Garberville, CA
  • Sebastian Hunter, Dragon Fire Tang Soo Do, Fortuna, CA
  • Sam Humrichouse, Family Tang Soo Do, Meridian, ID
  • Kate Cavenaugh, Loyal Heights Martial Arts, Seattle, WA