On the weekend of May 3rd – 5th, the Southeastern region of the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation had its spring cycle Dan Shim Sa (Black Belt test) and review, as well as its annual championships in Cleveland, Georgia. As always, it was a great opportunity to renew friendships, test ourselves and strengthen our Tang Soo spirit.
The Southeastern region of the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation had its second annual Instructor’s Symposium on Friday, November 2nd & its 10th annual Black Belt Camp on the weekend of November 2 – 4, 2012. Everything was held once again at Camp ASCCA in Jackson’s Gap, AL. The Instructor Training Symposium (ITS) & Camp started on Friday morning November 2nd at 9 am with approximately 175 Masters, instructors, and instructor trainees coming together to learn, grow, and share.
Birmingham Academy of Martial Arts (BAMA), owned by Sr. Master Heather Potter and Mr. Will Potter, Sam Dan hosted the very successful event. The black belt test opened with the announcement of the high scores on the written test. Charlie Smiley of BAMA scored highest among the children with a 96, and among the adults, Laura Lee Sandberg of Karate World of North Georgia scored highest with a perfect score.
On the weekend of April 15-17, the southeastern region of the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation had its spring cycle Dan Shim Sa (Black Belt test) and review, as well as its annual championships in Cleveland, Georgia. Over 50 Black Belts and Cho Dan Bo (Black Belt Candidates) tested or reviewed at the White County YMCA on Friday night April 15th. Two hundred and fifty (250+) plus competitors gathered the next day, April 16th at the same facility for the regional championships.
The Southeastern region of the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation had its annual black belt camp on the weekend of October 22-24, 2010. It was held at Camp ASCCA in Jackson’s Gap, AL, for the tenth time. Camp started on Friday evening with the fall black belt test. There were approximately fifty participants, almost all of whom exceeded their instructors’ expectations to make for a very successful exam. Best test went to Benjamin Leverett of Two Dragons Martial Arts for the children and Jackie Snezek of Karate World of North Georgia for the adults.
On the weekend of April 23-25, the southeastern region of the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation had its annual championships and spring cycle black belt test. The event was hosted by Mr. Randall Leverett of Amory, Mississippi, who was also among those testing for Sam Dan on Friday, April 23. Both the test and the tournament took place at the Hope Church in Tupelo, Mississippi, the birthplace of Elvis Presley.
On the weekend of July 10-12, 2009, the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation held its annual Southeastern Regional Black Belt Camp. It was the first camp held at Children’s Harbor on Alabama’s Lake Martin, as well as the first ever to welcome red belts. Seven masters and two master’s candidates were present, apart from Grandmaster John St. James, the President and Founding Master of the APTSDF.
On May 8, 2009, the Southeastern region of the Atlantic -Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation had its annual spring black belt test at the Family Church in Sugar Hill, GA. The testing panel included Grandmaster John St. James and the Southeastern Regional Masters and Master’s Candidates. The physical test opened with the announcement of the high scores on the written exam. The high scorer among the children was Sabrina Edwards of Karate World.
On the weekend over November 7, 8, and 9, 2008, the southeastern region of the Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation had its fifth annual Black Belt Camp in Jackson’s Gap, Alabama. About 120 martial artists were in attendance, over half of them participated in the Dan Shim Sa which opened the camp on Friday night.
Master Carole Coker, owner of The Family Karate Center and Coker's Tang Soo Do in Montgomery, Alabama has been chosen to tape Child Abduction Prevention Tips on The Christian Broadcast Network. The Program is called "The Family Karate Center Presents: Stranger Danger Tip of the Week". Different safety segments and self defense quick-release moves were taped by the Tiny Tiger and Little Dragon Students at Master Coker's school.
When one thinks of Morris they have to have a smile on their face. He was loving man, a great husband, a great martial arts instructor, a wonderful friend, and a true student and warrior!
When I first met Morris many years ago, I saw him standing at the side of our training hall with a video camera in his hand. He seemed quiet and reserved and yet nothing could be further from the truth.