2018 WTSDA World Championship

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In mid-July, Region 1 travelled to Greensboro, North Carolina for Worlds 2018. While every Worlds is unique, this year was simply amazing with a record-breaking 1,700 registered competitors and a slew of incredible experiences.
First, the WTSDA offered clinics during the week before competitions, included One Step Skills and Drills with Master Homschek, Basic Ki Gong with Master Inoshita, Weapons Training with Master Peterman, Split Second Survival led by guest instructor Meghan Illguth, Combative Application of Hyungs with Master Khan, and many more. It was truly an honor to spend so much time with masters learning nuances and intricacies of our art.

Next, on Saturday Master Claire Marsch led a first-ever all-female hyung, celebrating the strength and diversity of our sisters in our WTSDA family. At least 800 women and girls lined up on the floor and performed a beautiful hyung, with breakout demonstrations along the sides. If you have yet to see it, look for videos on Facebook and Youtube. Here are a couple videos to watch now:

As always, Region 1 competed with intensity, heart and honor, and returned home with numerous medals. And topping off her impressive Seniors’ cup performance at Regionals in Roseburg, Ms. Tamela Thomas, Rainier TSD swept her ring and brought home the Senior Female Black Belt for 2018! Congratulations!

For a full list of Region 1’s results, see the list below
If you weren’t able to make it this year, it is *never* too early to start planning for 2020!  Tang Soo!
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Deeje Cooley
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Paresh Martial Arts
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Region 1 2018 World Championship Results

Dragon Heart Tang Soo Do
Master Becky Wolverton – volunteer
Leland Salomon – 2nd forms,1st sparring
Nakai Scurry – 1st weapons, 1st sparring
Jasmine Weaver-  3rd forms

Dragon Heart Tang Soo Do II
Bob Gross – volunteer
Hunter Hartwell – 2nd sparring
Madison Murrish – competed

Parkpoint Tang Soo Do
Master Don Logan – volunteer
Master Jerry Stine – volunteer
James Angelo – 1st forms, 1st sparring
Samatha Kolhmann – 3rd weapons

Rainer Tang Soo Do
Tamela Thomas – Senior Female Dan Cup Winner, 1st weapons, 1st forms, 1st sparring

Paresh Martial Arts
Megan Galles – 3rd weapons, 3rd Hyung, 3rd sparring
Deeje Cooley – 1st weapons, 1st Hyung, 3rd sparring
Ben Chung – 3rd sparring
Linus Murphy – 3rd weapons, 3rd forms, 3rd sparring
Charlotte Cooley – 2nd
Julie Galles – competed
Kristina Ohlson – volunteer

Quetzal Tang Soo Do
Gena Eiseman – volunteer

Roseburg Martial Arts
Master John Auer – volunteer
David Mandera – volunteer
Thomas Crago VII – competed
Koen Shelby – 3rd weapons, 2nd forms, 1st sparring
Brody Robinson – 3rd weapons, 2nd sparring

Evergreen Tang Soo Do
Master Steve Elmore – volunteer
Stephanie Glascock – 3rd in weapons, 3rd in forms, 3rd in sparring
Isaac Gawthrop – competed

Loyal Heights Martial Arts
Robert Nelson – volunteer
Juanya Williams – volunteer

Lopez Family Tang Soo Do
Master Melodie Lopez- volunteer
Micah Chong – competed
Kiana Pagarigan – competed

Incline Martial Arts
Luis Segoviano – volunteer
Tanya Segoviano – 2nd in sparring

Incline Martial Arts II
Maria Segoviano – volunteer

Remembering Senior Master Angrehs

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As some of you may have heard, Senior Master Luis Angrehs tragically lost his life on June 20th, 2018 in Ramos Meija, Argentina. Fellow master and his good friend, Master Norberto Lorenzo was also injured in the home intrusion which is the source of the tragedy. Words cannot describe the sorrow our WTSDA family is feeling. Master Angrehs’ contributions to the WTSDA were great and numerous. Included are several posts, pulled from Facebook, honoring this leader.

From Grandmaster Bill Strong

It is with great sadness that I must report the tragic death of Master Ronaldo Luis Angrehs, killed at his home by intruders on his birthday, June 20, 2018. His friend and Tang Soo Do Master Norberto Lorenzo was shot but survived. Master Angrehs was a member of the World Tang Soo Do Association for more than 30 years and taught Tang Soo Do at his studio in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He started training in Tang Soo Do when he was 13 years old and studied Aikido and Judo. At the 29th Annual Masters’ Clinic in March 2018, he successfully tested for 7th Dan Black Belt, Senior International Master Instructor. He was a former WTSDA Country Director for Argentina and in 2018 was appointed by the WTSDA Board of Directors as Regional Director of the newly formed Region 23 covering all South America. During the succeeding year he reorganized the Regional management structure, planned the annual Masters’ Clinic and Regional Championship, visited studios in Argentina, Chile and Ecuador to teach and test, and was organizing the 30th Anniversary celebration of Argentina’s membership with the Association to be held in November 2018. Master Angrehs was a family man, a successful business owner, an outstanding martial artist, and a steadfast friend. His presence will be missed and his Tang Soo Do legacy will always be remembered. Rest in Peace my friend!

From Master Larry Dercole

Our Dear Argentina Friends:

This is one of the saddest times I have known as we learn of the June 20th tragedy in Ramos Mejia, Argentina. A crime that has claimed the life of Senior Master Luis Angrehs and injured our long time friend Master Norberto Lorenzo. Words cannot express our feelings of shock and grief. Wishes for a speedy recovery for Master Norberto. We are unable to change what has occured but we can all come together to share, appreciate and celebrate in some ways the charater and life work of our fallen friend. It was March 1988 when I was sent on assignmentto to help initiate the Argentina chapter of The WTSDA. Mr. Luis Angrehs was one of several pioneers there to help forge these beautiful and lasting relationships. There were numerous highlights and challenges and Master Angrehs was there always giving his all. I can remember during our visits to Argentina that we enjoyed many of the beautiful cultural traditions and the enormas emotional outpouring of family and brotherhood. In those days throngs of students would be waiting at airports and bus stations for our arrival or departure. We met many instructors, attended many Radio interviews and organized numerous clinics for students. Many came traveling great distances to participate including instructors from Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay. He also assisted me when introducing WTSDA to his neighboring country of Chile in 1990. I can remember Master Angrehs’s enjoyment of singer Phil Collins and often asked me to bring audio cassettes of the then popular artist during my numerous visits. We would eat meat, meat and more meat and preparing all for Grandmaster Shin’s first time visit to the country. The martial arts there seemed to be a male dominate sport then but through Master Angrehs and other instructors efforts that patten was slowly changing.
We grew and grew through the years and in 2004 the Latin America Masters Clinic began. This significant event propelled our regional organization forward even more as masters from Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Mexico and the USA. Many were now making the trip for the annual event and Master Angrehs along with so many others were there to welcome all.
Now Argentina prepares to clebrate it’s 30 year Anniversary in November. I am sure it will be a grand moment to honor one of the great founding pioneers of the region. We will dearly miss him. Prayers and blessings to his family and friends.
God Bless Master Ronoldo Luis Angrehs, may he rest in peace.

Summer Clinic Registrations are OPEN

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Online registration for the 2018 summer clinics are open. 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 Lincoln Park in West Seattle as the site for this year’s event. It will be a great spot to gather and train.

For more information, view the clinic flyer here.

Register online here: https://events.membersolutions.com/event_register.asp?content_id=75640

Lake Tahoe Clinic & Campout

We are looking forward to hosting your visit to our Lake Tahoe Clinic and Campout this year. We will be holding the event at Sugar Pine Point State Park in the General Creek Campground. ​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.

For more information, view the clinic flyer here.

Register online here: https://events.membersolutions.com/event_register.asp?content_id=75574

2018 Regional Championship held in Roseburg, OR

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Two hundred WTSDA competitors from around region 1 flocked to Roseburg, OR for our annual regional championship. The competition took place on the beautiful Umpqua Community College.

The championship weekend began Friday night with the spring black belt test. Approximately 15 candidates showed their techniques, knowledge, and spirit in a 3 hour evaluation.

The championship began Saturday morning with the black belt competition. Six championship cups were up for grabs. The junior cups were taken home by Ms. Madison Murrish and Mr. Caleb Cathey. The senior cups were awarded to Mrs. Tamela Thomas and Mr. Leland Salomon. And finally, the Grand Champion cups were won by Ms. Mackenzie Freeman and Mr. Elijah Stephenson.

The heart of the championship started with opening ceremonies where the competitors and spectators got to view the creativity competition. The winner, for the 2nd year in a row, was Evergreen Tang Soo Do from Seattle, Washington. The crowd was also treated to a demonstration by the masters of Region 1. There was even a surprise demo by Grandmaster Robert Beaudoin!

When all the competition was finished, all competitors, volunteers, spectators, and family were invited to attend the region banquet for food, fun, and dancing.

What a great weekend! Tang Soo!

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