Sunday, November 4, 2007

...Do Something Good for a Friend! Invite them to your karate classes during the week of March 17-22 for BUDDY WEEK! Introduce your friend to the Martial Arts and the essence of traditional Tang Soo Do training with self-defense techniques, exercise, and the power of a positive attitude.It's free! All you have to do is to determine which of your friends would be interested in the Martial Arts then give him/her the Buddy Week Guest Pass (pick up at the office). Your friend will practice in all your classes during Buddy Week.Tang Soo!

by Master Larry Dercole

XII National Championship of Mexico Chihuahua

Celebrating our WTSDA's 25th Silver Anniversary

On November 24th our studio celebrated (as did many Association studios everywhere) our organization's milestone accomplishment of 25 years with a special birthday party. Friends and family joined in with special activities and a potluck. Memories and history of WTSDA were displayed (courtesy of the WTSDA 25th Anniversary DVD) and a WTSDA anthem singing lesson was led by BSBN Leslie Dercole. The party continued with a spirited 25 year board-breaking session. Boards were symbolically marked for each year beginning with 1982 as our students assembled by seniority for the break. Special dedication plaques were presented to our outstanding instructors Sig Luther and Barbara Bellini recognizing their long and continue devotion to our dojang. A balloon stomp game and line dancing got everyone up out of their chairs and onto the floor. A birthday cake put the icing on this unique family fun celebration. Congratulations and Happy Birthday to our worldwide family.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Testing and Promotion Schedule

Tiny Tiger& Little Dragon review and promotion are scheduled for: Saturday February 9th 9:30 AM

Gup Testing is scheduled: Saturday February 23rd 2:00 PM

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Party for the Champions!!

On Friday October 12th our TSDKI Demo Team together with many of our Regional Championship participants celebrated with a pot-luck party at the DOJANG. Fun, dancing, eating, more fun, and more eating were enjoyed by all. Participation certificates were presented and lessons of the championship experience were shared.
Congratulations for a job well done!
TSDKI instructors wishes to express pride to all participants and we eagerly look forward to future events where students will have opportunities to demonstrate their very best and beyond.
Tang Soo!

Rock Solid Technicians and Performances

Rock Solid Technicians and Performances were represented by TSDKI at the annual WTSDA Region Twenty Championship Saturday, October 6th in Victorville, California. Students from Tiny Tiger-to-SAM DAN participated in this annual tradition of competition and celebration among all of our regional studios. Many of our masters and top instructors of the region including special guest, Grandmaster Jae C. Shin were in attendance. Participating Studios; *Allied Gardens Tang Soo Do Karate Academy - San Diego *Caltech Tang Soo Do – Pasadena *1st Central Coast Tang Soo Do – Lompoc *Costal Canyon TSD - San Diego *United States Karate Academy - San Diego *UC-TECH Tang Soo Do (UCSD) *Mountain Lion Tang Soo Do - Costa Mesa *UC Irvine Tang Soo Do – Irvine *Tang Soo Do Karate Institute - Chula Vista*Ensenada Tang Soo Do - Ensenada, Mexico *High Desert Martial Arts Academy – Victorville. Opening ceremonies included creative exhibitions competition between TSDKI and Allied Gardens TSD Academy. The the comical and creative show directed by BSBN Leslie Dercole of TSDKI took the winning honors to the delight of our hard working and dedicated TSDKI DEMO Team. A Black Belt promotions ceremony followed with the awarding of a new generation of Yu DAN Ja (Black Belt) including TSDKI's Erik Stoke and Anthony Gonzalez.
The Tigers and Dragons competitors gave their best in skill and entertainment with many of these 3-6 year olds performing in the competition setting for the very first time. The rest of the day continued with top performances straight across the board. The final competition categories were that of the high caliber Black Belts with the Men's grand champion being awarded to Miguel Soto SAM DAN of Allied Gardens TSD Academy and the Women's grand champion cup awarded to Leslie Dercole SAM DAN of TSDKI. Congratulations to all participants for your efforts, participation and above all, for doing your best! Win or loose your opponents helped to make you better!

We look forward to next years Regional's when it will be held here in San Diego and hosted by TSDKI.

Congratulations Yu DAN Ja!!

It is our pleasure to announce TSDKI's two newest Black Belts. Mr. Erik Stoke and Mr. Anthony Gonzalez were awarded their official DAN rank on October 6th, 2007 at the Region Twenty Championship in Victorville, California. The ceremony was led by the honorable Grandmaster Jae C. Shin. Tang Soo!

Saturday, September 22, 2007


...Do Something Good for a Friend! Invite them to your karate classes during the week of October 15-20th for BUDDY WEEK!

Introduce your friend to the Martial Arts and the essence of traditional Tang Soo Do training with self-defense techniques, exercise, and the power of a positive attitude.

It's free! All you have to do is to determine which of your friends would be interested in the Martial Arts then give him/her the Buddy Week Guest Pass (pick up at the office). Your friend will practice in all your classes during Buddy Week.

Tang Soo!

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Training, Nature & Connecting

An obstacle course, creative kicking drills, meditation, forms practice, games, and jogging through the spray of the water jets were all part of the fun of our recent "outdoor class." The special class was held at Mountain Hawk Park, one of Chula Vista's newest located near the scenic Otay Lakes reservoir. The backdrop of the Eastern Mountains added to the concept of training in nature and connecting to the energies of the natural environment. Parents and families accompanying the students also enjoyed the outing. Stay tuned for information of our next outdoor class.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Regional Black Belt Examination

Our regional Black Belt examination is scheduled for Saturday, May 12th. Candidates that have received their instructors recommendation for testing will present themselves in front of a panel of senior masters of the World Tang Soo Do Association for a grueling 5-7 hour review. The event will be held at Tang Soo Do Karate Institute (1:00 pm) and involve candidates from San Diego, Huntington Beach, Victorville and Chula Vista. Mr. Erik Stoke (12) and Mr. Anthony Gonzalez (13), both of TSDKI have been training diligently and without interruption for over four years and are among the dedicated group of this testing cycle. The test includes a one hour written test and each candidates will present 1,000 words thesis followed by several hours of technical skills and endurance. We won't say "good luck" but we will wish them strength, energy, wisdom and spirit during their attempt to achieve their goal of Black Belt.
Tang Soo!
(Saturday, May 12th 1:00 PM @ TSDKI 2260 Main St. Chula Vista, CA)

Monday, April 16, 2007

On Saturday, April 28th we will begin our 2007 OUTDOOR CLASSES series. Training with nature is an essential element of our Tang Soo Do and helps for a better understanding of the martial arts spirit. All students are to report for class 11:30 AM sharp at the Mountain Hawk Park in Eastern Chula Vista (see directions below). The class requires all students to wear a T-shirt, karate uniform, belt, hat, and tennis shoes. Students should also bring a snack and a bottle of water. Mountain Hawk Park is one of Chula Vista's newest, overlooking Otay Lakes with a majestic view of the Eastern Mountains. Families may plan on staying after the class concludes at 2:00 PM to enjoy the hi-tech playground and the pop-jets that spouts water for children to play in.
Arrive at the Park 11:30 AM.
Directions: Take Orange Ave./ Olympic Parkway and head east out to Otay Lake. The park is located on Lake Crest Drive near Wueste Rd. just beyond the ARCO Olympic Training Center.

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Question-of -the-Month April 2007

Attention TSDKI students:
Your April Question-of-the-Month assignment is now available at the front desk. Please pick up your and complete by next week. Thanks to BSBN Sig Luther for providing this month assignment. Tang Soo!

1. How long ago did you start to train in Tang Soo Do?

2. What was the reason you started to train in Tang Soo Do?

3. Is the reason you continue to train in Tang Soo Do the same as the reason you started to train
in Tang Soo Do? Please explain.

18th Annual USA Masters Camp

April 1st.
One hundred and thirty-three WTSDA masters and candidates from around the world including Master Larry Dercole assembled at the University of North Alabama in Florence for the 18th WTSDA Masters Camp. This 56 hour annual program included intense training on numerous topics including Qi-Gong, acupuncture, sword mastery, kendo, nutrition, joint health and hyung, just to name a few. The program is directed by Grandmaster J. C. Shin and is the main vehicle to maintain uniformity and standards throughout our world's organization. Attending this event is by invitation only and a requirement for maintaining rank and promotion within our WTSDA. The growth of the WTSDA has generated the need to establish two additional camps held which are also held annually - the European Masters Camp held in Germany and the Latin American Masters Camp held in Argentina. The WTSDA Board-of-Directors meeting also coinciding with the camp provides the opportunity to discuss and vote on important issues. One isuue this year was the establishing of "World Tang Soo Do Day" a festive celebrating our family membership around the world. The kickoff for this event will be this coming November when WTSDA celebrates its 25th year anniversary. Stay tuned for our plans for this event.

Celebrating Recent Rank Promotions !

Saturday, March 24th.
With the pride of accomplishment and the confidence to challenge further, we congratulate the following students on their recent testing and rank promotion:

Little Dragons
Bobby Dutton Yellow/ red stripe
Diana Tello Yellow/ red stripe
Allyson Masumoto Yellow/ brown stripe
Danielle Ferber Yellow/ brown stripe
Isaiah Mann Yellow/ brown stripe
Jaelen Cruz Yellow/orange stripe
Elizabeth Flores Yellow
Cesar Zarza Yellow
Giovanna Villasenor Yellow

Yu GUP Ja (GUP holders)
Jeremy Bunag 8th GUP, Anica Bunag 8th GUP, Juzenne Cruz 8th GUP, Kiahna Cordero 7th GUP, Oscar Franco 7th GUP, Oscar Pineda 7th GUP,
Angelo D'Ercole 6th GUP, Adrian Roman 5th GUP, Adam Cervantes 5th GUP,
Alexis Stoke 4th GUP, Amanda Masumoto 4th GUP, Jason Ferber
4th GUP, Jose Tello 4th GUP, Jose Figueroa 3rd GUP,
Erik Berumen 2nd GUP, Efren Roman 2nd GUP, Israel Gomez
1st GUP, Jordan Hagadone 1st GUP, Eric Flores 1st GUP.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

2006 World Championship DVD and Photos

Just released! The 2006 WTSDA WC DVD is now available. The quality is the best to date and is a collectors item, particularly if you were a WC participant. Our supply is going fast so if you want to reserve your copy please contact the school office. Price: $20.00.

You are also invited to view the 2006 World Championship photo album.

Monday, March 19, 2007


...Do Something Good for a Friend! Invite them to karate classes during the week of April 2-7 for BUDDY WEEK! Your friend will learn the essence of traditional Tang Soo Do training with self-defense techniques and the power of a positive attitude. Its free and special discounts have been authorized for those deciding to continue beyond Buddy Week.. All you have to do is to determine which of your friends would be interested in Tang Soo Do then give him/her the Buddy Week Guest Pass (pick up at the office.)
Your friend will practice in all your classes during Buddy Week. Tang Soo!

Empowerment Self-defense

On March 10th TSDKI hosted the very special Empowerment Self-defense Training session with Dr. Tom Cary and Master Steve Holden of Albuqerque, New Mexico. This all day intensive and informative program provided physiological specifics and no nonsense defense techniques for genuine protection. Dr. Tom Cary explains how to absolutely not become a victim, particularly to those with no previous martial arts training. The program is generally geared toward women and teenage girls, however many of our regional instructors attended the event. We plan to offer this program again in the near future. Special thanks to TSDKI Instructor Sig Luther for organizing the event and thanks again to Dr. Cary and Master Holden. Those interested in the next Empowerment Class may leave a comment on this blog and we will contact you.


It was MOVIE NIGHT at the studio on Friday February 9th. FUN FUN FUN with pizza, pop corn, soft drinks, and hot chocolate all donated for the event. Students, friends and even some parents equipped with their own pillows to enjoyed the classics, "Ninja Turtles II & III". Special thanks Kihana Cordero for donating the projection screen, Barbara Bellini for the pizza, Olivia Figueroa for the pop corn. All movie goers donated $2.00 each of which was turned to a WTSDA building fund donation. Join us for our next Movie Night which will be sometime in June.

Black Belt Promotions

Our February Regional Black Belt Class drew Masters, DAN and Cho DAN Bo members from various points of the Southern California to the Chula Vista Dojang. This refining of skills, polishing of spirits, and nourishing of friendships are part of the instruction that helps to provide leadership training to our seniors and instructors. Included in the session was a DAN presentation ceremony to which we take great honor in announcing that two of our members received official DAN certification. Mr. Sig Luther SAM DAN (left) and Mr. Andres Perez Cho DAN (right). To explain of the years of hard work and the dedication that represents this noble accomplishment is quite difficult. The journey is not an easy one, and more importantly, the journey is ongoing. Congratulations to their achievement and for the their pride they bring to our school and family.

January Gups Promotion

9th Gup: Jeremy Bunag, Anica Bunag.
7th Gup: Ryan Flores, Melissa Avila, Sergio Avila.
6th Gup: Isabel Molina, Erik Morales, Andres Gonzalez,
Adrian Cervantes. 5th Gup: Alejandro Sarmiento.
3rd Gup: Andrea Stoke, Amanda Stone, Perla Stone, Hiram
Ramirez, Oscar Pena, Alejandro Perez, Brandon Nordengreen.

January Dragons Promotion

Congratulation Little Dragons!
Isaiah Mann (green srtipe), Danielle Ferber (green stripe),
Bobby Dutton (brown stripe), Allyson Masumoto (green srtipe),
Jaelen Cruz (yellow belt) and Esteban Lomeli (yellow belt).

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Welcome to our Tang Soo BLOG!

...our latest feature to help keep our members and friends up to date with news and up coming events.
We welcome your comments, interaction, and sharing for the benefit of our ever growing Tang Soo Do Family.

Master Larry Dercole