Congratulations 2019 Masters Candidates!

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The annual World Tang Soo Do Association Master’s Clinic is taking place at the end of this month. The Sah Dan, 4th Degree, candidacy is at least a 2 year process and the invitation is for those who have decided the “Do” (a way of life) is important to us.

A Master is a Black Belt who doesn’t quit! It takes time, perseverance, dedication and most importantly the desire to serve.

WTSDA Region 1 will be well represented by second year candidates Robert Nelson (Loyal Heights Martial Arts), Juanya Williams (Loyal Heights Martial Arts) and Kristina Ohlson (Paresh Martial Arts) as well as Melanie Gorden (Dragon Fire Tang Soo Do) attending as a first year candidate.


Tang Soo!

2019 Regional Championship Registration

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The 2019 Championship packet and online registration are now OPEN to the public! This year’s championship is hosted by Ms. Kristina Ohlson of Paresh Martial Arts in San Francisco, California.

The championship will be held on Saturday, May 4th at Mission High School in San Francisco. Friday night before the championship we will hold our annual spring black belt test. Make sure to stop by and offer your support to those testing for black belt ranks.

On Sunday morning, all WTSDA members will have the opportunity to attend a clinic with special guests Grandmaster Bill Strong and Master Scott Merril.

Be sure to register early so you can get in on the action!

To REGISTER online, click here
For more information, check out the Championship Packet

Seattle Area Quarterly Workout

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On Saturday, December 1st, members of 4 Seattle area studios met at the Loyal Heights Community Center for two hours of training. Lead instructors were Mrs. Tamela Thomas, Mr. Brandon Uttech, and Master Mark Taylor. They were assisted on the floor by Mr. Robert Nelson and Mr. Juanya Williams.

The theme of the day was basics; each instructor presented an area of expertise related to this main theme. Participants were split into three groups and rotated amongst instructors. Master Taylor focused on application of basic techniques. For example, students performing sang dan mah ki against a training pad could judge the effectiveness of their blocks. Mr. Uttech talked about performing basics with speed and precision. Students kicked and punched pads; to focus on maximizing explosive power, they waited until just after a ki hap from the pad holder before exploding their technique forward. Mrs. Thomas led each group through the process of creating a hyung. These new hyung were presented to the larger group at the end of the day. She also had assistants video and provide feedback on students’ hyungs. All in all, it was a great afternoon and a wonderful time meeting and training with old and new friends.

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Fun, Sun, Rain, and Pain at our Annual Summer Clinics

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The month of August was a busy one for the Region 1 family. We had two clinics, back to back, on opposite ends of the region.

In the north, the 9th annual Seattle Clinic and Cookout, hosted by Master Mark Taylor, took place at a new location. This year we gathered at Lincoln Park in West Seattle. Our featured instructors were Master Dan Jansa and Master Mary Treacy Jansa. Although we had a little bit of rain, we had a great time training together and learning from these very knowledgeable guests.

In the south, the Lake Tahoe Clinic and Campout was resurrected for the first time in many years. This used to be one of the premier events in our region, but has not been possible until this year. Thanks to the effort of Mr. Tim Godwin and others, this event was a hit and had a great turnout. The topics covered ranged from traditional sword to split second survival.

Check out our albums below in case you missed out on the fun!

Seattle Clinic

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Tahoe Clinic

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