Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Honor & Recognition

December 13th will be remembered as a day of honor and recognition as TSDKI concluded the year by proudly announcing the studio's most recent Black Belt Promotions.

Barbara Bellini, a dedicated student, great competitor, and a true role model received her SAM DAN (3rd degree) rank as her family stood by. Barbara has served as an assistant instructor throughout the year and was awarded title as the Women's Senior Grand Champion at our recent Region 20 Championship last October in Chula Vista, CA. She has also celebrated 1st and 2nd place wins at the 2008 World Championship held this past summer in Orlando, FL. Tang Soo!

Mario Gonzalez, an example of the word commitment and genuinely demonstrating the spirit of perseverance received his CHO DAN (1st degree) in ceremonious fashion while his family proudly looked on.
Tang Soo!

Erik Berumen, embodies the speed and power of a young man. His strong desire and steadfast focus on goals, requirements, and understanding have manifested to the level of Yu Dan Ja. Erik was awarded his CHO DAN (1st degree) with resounding applause. Tang Soo!

Best wishes on this, their new beginning, and as Grandmaster Shin reminds us, "A True Martial Artist Wears Their Belt Not Only Around Their Waist But Around Their Hearts". We look forward to their continued success and bringing pride to their instructors, studio, and to our entire family of the World Tang Soo Do Association.

Master Larry & Leslie D'Ercole

Monday, December 15, 2008


Congratulations to our most recent GUP promotions.
December 13th Testing Group I (White-Green Belts)

FOCUS: A Key to Success.

Efrain Perez annihilates his target during his power and accuracy requirement.

Adrian Ballesteros, Allyson Masumoto, Arahi Espinoza, Danielle Ferber, Mariana Parra, Christopher Corning, Israel Ochoa, Andres Espinoza, Alberto Ballesteros, Sulema Barajas, Jaelen Cruz, Jesus Mayoral, Erfain Perez, Denisse Mayoral, Marina Ballesteros, Angelee Ferber, Natalia Xibille, Adriana Xibille, Paula Robison, Veronica, Ochoa, Mae Stoke.

December 13th Testing Group II (Brown Red Belts)

Angelo D'Ercole, Melissa Avila, Isabel Molina, Amanda Masumoto, Anica Bunag, Juzenne Cruz, Alexis Stoke, Jason Ferber, Brandon Nordengreen, Erick Morales, Jose Figueroa, Andrew Lona, Alejandro Perez, Oscar Franco, Andres Gonzalez, Alejandro Sarmiento, Eric Berumen, Jeremy Bunag, Oscar Pineda, Adrian Cervantes, Mario Gonzalez.