Thursday, June 26, 2008

Our World Championship Competition Team!!

The competition team of Chula Vista's Tang Soo Do Karate Institute has their sights set and are ready to disembark for the World Tang Soo Do Association's world championship in Orlando, Florida. The biannual event attracts similar teams from around the globe representing more than forty countries for two days of martial arts skill, camaraderie, and the chance to becomes champions of the world. This year's event marks the eleventh mega-gathering since 1986 and will be held July 11-12th at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center. Previous event sites included the cities of Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Anaheim and in 1992, San Diego. The hot-shot martial arts team representing Chula Vista spans a spectrum of ages and skill levels from our very youngest member, Giordano D'Ercole, a three year old Tiny Tiger to our most senior members Mr. Allen Bellini, Sig Luther,and Leslie D'Ercole, all representing third degree black belt divisions. Barbara Bellini, 2nd DAN, and Erik Stoke, 1st DAN will represent their respective black belt divisions. The Children's red belt categories will be represented by Alexis Stoke and Amanda Masumoto. The Children's brown belt categories will be represented by Angelo D'Ercole, Erick Morales, Anica Bunag, Jeremy Bunag and Juzenne Cruz. Eric Berumen will represent adult blue belts. Mae Stoke, Kevin Stoke, and Jaelen Cruz will represent their respective orange belt divisions. Allyson Masumoto will represent the girls green belts and five year old Guillermo Paquian will command the Little Dragons category. In addition to the competition, several team members will be involved with special demonstration shows as part of the events opening ceremonies program. Others will participate in special Qi-Gong classes offered by WTSDA Grandmaster Jae C. Shin. The excitement and anticipation has been growing steadily since the beginning of the year with countless hours of focus and training to become the best they can be and hopefully the best of the best. "Attitude is everything" says Larry D'Ercole, veteran team director and master instructor at Tang Soo Do Karate. "It is simply awesome to be surrounded by so much positive energy and ambition to succeed. I know our team will do well".

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Happy Birthday Master Dercole !

Happy Birthday Daddy!
Have an awesome Day...We love you so much !!!
Thinking of you,
Angelo, Giordano and Gianina

Friday, June 6, 2008

Kung Fu Panda or Tang Soo Panda ?

... a fun time and a funny movie with a great message.

Sunday June 8th was Movie Night for TSDKI. This, our second outing in as many months grew and doubled in popularity. The anticipation of the new "Kung Fu Panda" animated movie created excitement for dozens of our studios families and friends. All arrived early at the Otay Ranch Town Centre AMC in Chula Vista, CA. to insure themselves a seat for the sold out time slot. Shortly before showtime our families socialized in the theater's lobby for a special gift give-a-way of "Kung Fu Panda" posters, tattoos, stickers, and appropriately renamed the event "Tang Soo Panda".
Stay tuned for future movie night announcements.

Monday, June 2, 2008


A May 23rd Rank promotion review yielded high marks and high spirit in performance and character from several of our institutes finest members. The young and confident artists presented their required and demanding skills while demonstrating wonderful manners as proud parents looked on. Awesome!!
Congratulations to; (1st GUP) Alexis Stoke, Brandon Nordengreen, Jason Ferber, Amanda Masumoto, Jose Figueroa, (2nd GUP) Jose Tello, (3rd GUP) Brian Mitchell, (4th GUP) Oscar Pineda, Oscar Franco, (6th GUP)Sulema Barajas, Danielle Ferber, Allyson Masumoto, (7th GUP) Diane Tello, Andres Espinoza, and (9th GUP) Ryan Mayoral.