Monday, August 4, 2014

2014 World Championship Celebration!


WTSDA celebrated its 15th World Championship this past July 18-20 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Our own high-flying TSDKI competition team joined up with over 1500 competitors, thousands more WTSDA family members, and many masters for an amazing three day experience at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. As you might imagine international competition was spirited and fierce. This biannual event welcomed teams from Europe, Great Britain, the Caribbean, Central America,  South America,  Africa, Mexico, and across the USA. All bringing their best skills and character for a shot at gold and glory. Proudly our 10 Member TSDKI team took away several top honors and created many new friendships.  The medal count included 7 Gold, 2 Silver, 8 Bronze in forms, weapons and sparring. Congratulations!   Our team also enjoyed a visit and tour of the WTSDA World Headquarters in Burlington, N.C.. There they attended an emotional dedication ceremony at the recently completed Meditation Garden where WTSDA founder, the late Grandmaster J.C. Shin is now laid to rest. 

Now it's back to school and time to get back to training. Looking forward to seeing YOU back in class. New students, family and friends are always welcomed to participate in our free trial classes.
Tang Soo!

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Saturday, April 21, 2012


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Friday, April 13, 2012


Congratulations to Tang Soo Do Karate Institute's newly promoted Master Leslie Salinas D'Ercole. She, along with seven other 4th DAN Instructors, was presented the coveted 4th DAN Masters rank at the recent WTSDA Masters Clinic held at the University of Northern Alabama in Florence, Al., USA. Her achievement is the result that spans more than 21 years of training in the martial arts throughout her native country of Chile and the United States.

A demanding and no nonsense training attitude had gained Master Leslie numerous competition trophies and grand championship titles through the years. To attain an invitation to the WTSDA Masters Clinic one must be selected by legendary Grandmaster Jae C. Shin, president of the
World Tang Soo Do Association. Only Third Degree Black Belts with high achievements and impeccable training record requirements are invited as master candidates. The annual Masters Clinic is typically attended by more than one hundred ranking masters and candidates from around the world. Her intensity during her first year attending the clinic in 2009, had actually won her the admirable recognition of the "Masters Sprit Award". After several years of the master's training process she was officially presented and ceremonially knighted as 4th DAN Master.

Master Leslie's strict approach to training also extends to her teaching and has influenced her many students. As a result during her eleven years living in the United States, many more females have been encouraged to train in the martial arts. Master Leslie is an extraordinary martial artist and a true example that hard work, passion and dedication achieves excellence. We salute your accomplishment. Tang Soo!!

Master Larry D'Ercole

Friday, February 10, 2012

Little Dragons Rock!

Great progress and spirit demonstrated by our youngest Tang Soo Do Warriors yesterday!! Congratulations on your new rank promotions everyone...Tang Soo!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Greetings TSDKI members, family & friends:

We hope everyone is off to a great start for 2012 and fulfilled with the good fortune, power and pasion of the Dragon. It is now the time to pursue your goals and dreams which lay ahead. And yes, January is already gone so please be advised and save the dates for the first 10 scheduled school activities of the year!!

1. Saturday, Feb. 4th Our monthly Regional Black Belt Class starts at 1:00pm. This will be our 2nd Annual 100 Hyungs Challenge. All DAN members and Cho DAN Bo are to attend.
Ocean Air Recreation Center 4770 Fairport Way San Diego, CA. 93130.
Driving Directions: From the 5 or the 805: exit LOCAL BYPASS, Carmel Mountain Road go East, 3rd light, go right (Carmel Mountain Road), Left at E. Ocean Air. If you wish to follow or carpool. We will leave from the studio at 12:10pm.

2. Saturday February 4th Adult Class will be held at 8:00am. There will be no 12:15pm adult class due to the scheduled Regional Black Belt Class.

3. Thursday February 8th Tiny Tiger/Little Dragon Testing 4:45pm. Eligible students will be notified by their instructor.

4. Saturday, February 11th
Gup Testing 2:00pm. Eligible students will be notified by their instructor.

5. SUNDAY February 26th
Family & Friends BIKE HIKE on San Diego's BAYSHORE BIKEWAY!!
All students, families and friends are invited to join us for a fun, scenic, and easy bike hike along one of San Diego's beautiful bike paths. Check your equipment, inflate your tires, pack a snack, and meet at the starting point (TSDKI Studio) on Sunday, February 26th. This trail is a great place for a slow, scenic ride, or a fast training ride. The trail is very safe and has a clean surface, plus there are great views. Trail users can use restrooms and lunch tables at Silver Strand State Park which has direct access to the trail.
- 11:30am Begin at the TSDKI Studio
- Enter bike path via Otay Valley Regional Park entrance located two blocks south of Main Street on Hollister St.
- Travel along Bayshore Bikeway to Silver Strand State Park Beach (access beach through tunnel)
- Refreshment and special training activity is scheduled at the beach.
- Return to studio.

6. March 22-25. The 23rd WTSDA Annual MASTERS' CLINIC

7. April 13-15 Fri-Sun Region 20 Clinic for Red, Blue, and Black Belts at YMCA Camp Marston (near Julian, CA).See Information posted at the studio.

8. Saturday, May 5th Regional DAN testing San Diego.

9. May 19th 10th Battle Of LA Championship (Open Tang Soo Do Championship). Los Angeles. Details forthcoming.

10. XIV World Championship July 20-22 - Greensboro, North Carolina. Invitation and Application are attached. The 2012 World Championship promises to be our organizations' largest and most important event yet. Thousands from across the globe will attend to be part this prestigious event marked by our WTSDA's 30th anniversary as well as the long anticipated grand opening of our new world headquarters in nearby Burlington, North Carolina. In addition to the international competition, a world-class picnic is planned for Sunday after the event on site at the new headquarters. The WTSDA world championships are held every two years and are clearly a unique experience in celebration and competition. We do have information on group travel rates and we are compiling a list of families interested in attending. If you are interested please add your name to the World Championship signup list at the studio. You won't want to miss it!!

See you in class!
Masters Larry & Leslie D'Ercole

Sunday, January 30, 2011


Wow! A new year, a new decade, and already a month into it. The time is Now! ...make the most of every moment and achieve your goals!

We ushered in January with our first regional Black Belt class of 2011 at the Chula Vista dojang. Over fifty Masters, DANS and Cho DAN Bo packed the studio to bring in yet another new year (our 34th) with a traditional black belt workout, including an intense Hyung (forms) session. The shoulder-to-shoulder training brought our ever growing TSD family even closer together.

The January 8th black belt class also celebrated new DAN promotions from around the region. Awarded from TSDKI were; Brandon Nordengreen ChoDAN, Jason Ferber ChoDAN, Alejandro Sarmiento ChoDAN, Jeremy Bunag ChoDAN, and Anica Bunag ChoDAN. Parents of the newly promoted Black Belts proudly witnessed their child’s outstanding achievement resulting from an average of five years of martial arts training. As unconditional supporters the parents partnered in the DAN presentation ceremony by surprising their children with a new trimmed uniform to accompany their newly awarded belt and rank. Congratulations and welcome to the WTSDA Black Belt Society!

Continuing on January 27th our studio’s young Tigers and Dragons celebrated their own rank promotion ceremony. For some it was their very first testing and promotion making it an extra special experience. On the 29th a junior GUP examination was held and a fresh new crop of Orange belts sprouted, several transforming from Dragons to GUPS. Way to go Karate Kids!

2011 will continue to be a special year for TSDKI filled with both indoor and outdoor events including the annual Region 20 Championship to be held here in Chula Vista, California on September 25th. In the meantime let’s continue the momentum and remain motivated! Get to class and bring your best attitude. Share your spirit and lend us your enthusiasm for learning and growing. Don’t be wishing for success. Let's be a success!

Master Larry & SBN Leslie Dercole
Tang Soo!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Dear Tang Soo Do Karate Family and friends,
You are all invited to our end of the year celebration!!
This time we will be sharing the fun of a Wii party. Ask for more details to your Instructors and save the date for Friday, December 17th...Tang Soo!!