APTSDF Team USA Attends 2007 Asia-Pacific Tang Soo Do Championships in Australia
In August, Team USA of the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation headed by Kwan Jang Nim John St. James headed down under to the enchanted continent of Australia to attend the 2007 Asia Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation International Championships.
Team USA consisted of Federation Masters and Black Belts who were dedicated to represent the Federation which was held in Darwin, The Northern Territory of Australia. Team members consisted of John St. James, President and Founding Master of the Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation as well as Master Instructors, Stacy Busby and Deborah Jett. Dan member Mrs. Mercy St. James, E dan and Mrs. Anna Busby also attended the event.
Events were held over a four (4) day period starting on Thursday, August 16th with a KODANJA and KODANJA Shim Sa held at Northern Territory Tang Soo Do Karate Academy. Advanced training was provided which covered all five (5) pillars of Moo Do. Clinic instructors included Master Stephen Washington, Chil Dan, the President and Founding Master of the Asia Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation. Other clinic instructors included Master St. James, and Master Kylie Vaughn and Master Sharon Kimberly of the Asia Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation.
Over the next two days, well over 500 participants gathered at the Palmerston Recreation Centre for the International Championships. The event was coordinated and hosted by Master Sharon Kimberly, Championship Manager and directed by Master Stephen Washington, Championship Director. Participants from all over the world gathered to compete in traditional hyung (forms), weapons, sparring, and team forms competition.
At the end of the competition, two competitors were crowned as Grand Champions. They were Mr. Robbie Hodge, Sam Dan of South Australia Tang Soo Do Karate Academy and Ms. Danielle Kitchen, E Dan of Northern Territory Tang Soo Do Karate Academy.
The next day, seminars for both senior and intermediate color belt (gup) and black belt (dan) were conducted at the Palmerston Recreation Centre by Master St. James and Master Busby covering weapons and empty hand self defense and by Master Vaughn and Master Jett for children at N.T. Tang Soo Do Karate Academy.
The four day extravaganza was capped off with a Championship Party held at Palmerston Leisure Centre and included everything from great food to a jumping castle, face painting, animal farm, a DJ, games, and an Olympic size swim pool which was very popular with Championships participants, family members, and instructors alike.