2016 Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation Southeast Regional Black Belt Camp and Dan Shim Sa
As I sit down to write this article about another great black belt camp, I am reminded of the many great times we have had at Black Belt Camp. This year was no different and in fact might have been the best we have ever had. Not only was the weather picture perfect and yet the filling of family and brotherhood was palpable.
We were at camp ASCAA in Jacksons Gap again this year. It is such a great facility. With the lake and the beautiful surroundings, you really feel like this place is the whole world for a couple of days. Camp started with the Instructor Training Symposium (ITS) early Friday morning. Grandmaster John St. James brought together over 50 Master instructors, school owners, instructors and trainees from all over the southeast for what I believe was our best ITS ever. The Grandmaster personally taught most of the ITS himself and demonstrated firsthand how teaching is an art all onto itself.
Friday afternoon, the other campers started arriving. Friday night there were great classes for non-testing students and there was a large and very spirited black belt test. There were well over 50 people on the floor from Cho Dan Bo to 3rd degree black belt candidates. All the candidates showed their great Tang Soo spirit. The test ended a few hours later with Kwan Jang Nim awarding the best of test trophies. The winners of the trophies were from Family Martial Arts Academy in Fayetteville, North Carolina and Karate World of North Georgia. The adult winner was Miranda Teixeira and for the children the winner was Cooper Joy.
We got started early on Saturday morning. There were classes throughout the day on self defense, forms, weapons, sparring, stretching and many other skills. There was great presentation on Saturday night by Master Laura Lee Sandberg about Moo Do Protocol.
We finished a very full day with an evening of fun. The adults celebrated with the annual campfire and the teens had their party in the game room and the kids got together for a movie. It was a great time to visit and catch up with old friends. There was also a school owners and leadership business meeting earlier in the day.
Sunday we had a few more morning sessions and then finished up with Kwan Jang Nim’s traditional class to the drum. Seeing everyone move in unison with only the sound of the drum is beautiful. With such a large group this year it was a sight to behold.
The final event was the graduation ceremony. After all the excitement, it was time to pack up and say goodbye. Another great camp!
Written by Master Deborah Jett, 6th Dan