Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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.
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
Sunday, December 21, 2008
We wish everyone a wonderful holiday full of peace, love, family and laughter.
Please enjoy some photos from the TSDKI Christmas Party.
Larry & Leslie D'Ercole
Monday, December 15, 2008
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.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
The Wolf Canyon Elementary School (lower photo) involved 24 students with 3 dedicated assistants - Andres Espinoza, Arahi Espinoza, and Angelo D'Ercole. This program generated a $600.00 donation for the Wolf Canyon School.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tang Soo Do Karate Institute's first Halloween party was held Oct.30th. Students and friends dressed in their cool costumes arrived with delicious eats to share with everybody.
The studio was transformed and decorated with frightening scenes to fit the occasion. Children enjoyed a variety of fun Halloween games and danced under an eerie strobe light
for several hours of excitement and
Don't miss our next big bash planned for Friday, December 19th as we close out the year with our annual Christmas party. Get ready for more fun and games as we recount our past year's achievements and prepare for the coming years events. "Goals are stepping stones to higher achievements". Tang Soo!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Even under this pressure our own BSBN Leslie D'Ercole was able to present and out perform her category, scoring three first places and accumulating a perfect (30) points for the championship. Leslie has now won the Adult Female Grand Champion honors twice in as many weeks; the Region 20 Championship in Chula Vista, CA. and the Region 2 Championship in Gilbert, AZ.. ...We salute you!
Sunday, October 19, 2008
It was our sincere pleasure to welcome the following WTSDA studios to Chula Vista’s Park Way Gym in our city’s downtown district; United States Karate Academy-San Diego, Allied Gardens Karate Academy-San Diego, The University of California TSD-San Diego, Costal Canyon TSD Club-San Diego, Mountain Lion TSD-Costa Mesa, CA., Caltech University TSD-Pasadena, CA, High Desert TSD-Victorville, CA., Irvine TSD-Irvine, CA., TSD Karate Institute-Chula Vista, CA., Garcia TSD-Tijuana, Mexico, Ryun Ma TSD-Chihuahua, Mexico, Tang Soo Do Juarez, Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and Ensenada TSD-Ensenada, Mexico.
Our special guest, grand master Jae C. Shin along with some 250+ enthusiastic participants enjoyed a full day of competition and performances. An action filled opening ceremonies included a special tribute in honor of the grandmaster’s visit. A team of 4-8 year olds from the Chula Vista studio presented a unique version of the WTSDA anthem as well as the ever popular “Chipmunks’ Show” all tediously choreographed by BSBN Leslie D'Ercole.
An entertaining “Flamenco Dance” presentation by Corinna Peraza and her talented group of young performers from Tijuana, Mexico added culture and amazing expression to the celebration.
The regional black belt demonstration was yet another opening ceremony surprise. This show, the very first of its kind, involved black belts from all of the region twenty studios. A busy list of martial arts performances and specialties choreographed to a single non-stop 18 minute exhibition treated the crowd to some very dynamic displays of defense techniques, weapons handling, advanced board breaking, and precision skills.
The creativity competition also entertained the audience as the talents of Allied Gardens Karate Academy and the TSD Karate Institute competed for the wining honors. Congratulations to the hard work and commitment of both teams and to first place winner, TSDKI!
Tiny Tiger/ Little Dragon competition was next with a record breaking 50 participants ranging in ages 3-7. Moms, dads, tigers and dragons armed with video cameras surrounded and swamped four different rings dedicated to the category. Each child presented a brief martial art performance followed by the “capture the belts” to the delight of family and friends. All were presented with trophies and participation certificates.
Spirited and fierce Gup competition continued through the day with many inspiring performances by both child and adult. Master of ceremonies, Sig Luther announced the names of the jubilant winners as Master Ken Purnell presented their trophies at podium.
Reaching even higher, the championship stepped up the competition to the next level as the exciting Black Belts categories now took to the floor. Classic, expert and absolutely thrilling competition among our regions best was a treat to behold. Each noteworthy performance and particularly the free-sparring categories left spectators in wonderment of how precise, well controlled and powerfully their abilities were displayed and without any injuries.
The closing ceremonies revealed the highest honors of the event as competition coordinator Master Clare Marsch tallied up the points earned and announce the results of the 2008 Region Twenty Grand Champions.
Jr. Grand Champion Male Gabriel Macedo Allied Gardens TSD San Diego
Jr. Grand Champion Female Crystina Soto Allied Gardens TSD San Diego
Sr. Grand Champion Male Shane Nelson Allied Gardens TSD San Diego
Sr. Grand Champion Female Barbara Bellini TSDKI Chula Vista, CA.
Adult Grand Champion Male Salim Odero UCSD TSD San Diego
Adult Grand Champion Female Leslie D’Ercole TSDKI Chula Vista, CA.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the instructors of each studio for their cooperation and hours of preparing students for the event. We wish to also thank and recognize the many behind the scenes volunteers who have work so feverishly to bring this event to reality. In particular; Aricelli Lona, Stanton Horiuchi, Mae Stoke, Rose Masumoto, Sig Luther, John Cruz, Glen Masumoto, Barbara Belinni, Chat Bunag, Helene Lynch, Olivia Figueroa, Master Clare Marsch, William Glenn, Susan Molina, Michael Cardinal, Mark Schoenberger, When Kwon, and Master Patrick Marsch.
On behalf of all the students and families of Tang Soo Do Karate Institute
We truly congratulate all participants of the 2008 Region Twenty Championship and especially for BSBN Leslie D’Ercole’s devoted efforts to help guide all of us in reaching the edge of excellence!
Master Larry D’Ercole
Monday, July 21, 2008
Please be invited to our World Championship Celebration and Countdown to our California Regionals Championship Party this Friday.
What? Pizza Party / Potluck
Who? Everyone is invited
When? This Friday July 25th 7:00 pm
Where? Tang Soo Do Karate Institute 2269 Main St, 9 Chula Vista CA, 91911
Why? To celebrate our TSDKI's World Championship competitors home-coming
...and to commence countdown for the California Regional Championship to be held here in Chula Vista in October. We will begin organizing event volunteers for this project. Thanks for your support.
Pizza provided. Potluck is welcomed.
(World Championship participants should bring any awards won in Florida and uniform for the photo).
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Woooo! Woooo! Woooo!
Congratulations to our award winning Tang Soo Do Karate Institute competition team! They have recently returned from the World's Martial Arts Championship in Orlando, Fla. with Gold, High Honors, and Pride. On July 11-12th our team joined with over 2,000 WTSDA participants representing many countries for two days of martial arts competition skill and camaraderie. Sponsored by the World Tang Soo Do Association, the classic biannual event was held at Orlando's Orange County Convention Center. Our TSDKI team ranged from our very youngest member, three year old Giordano D'Ercole, to our most senior black belt members - Allen & Barbara Bellini, Sig Luther, and Leslie D'Ercole . Erik Stoke represented the junior black belts along with a talented squad of color belt ranks including; Alexis Stoke, Amanda Masumoto, Angelo D'Ercole, Erick Morales, Anica Bunag, Jeremy Bunag, Juzenne Cruz, Eric Berumen, Mae Stoke, Kevin Stoke, and Allyson Masumoto. Five year old Guillermo Paquian commanded the Little Dragons category. All were matched against other highly spirited USA and foreign competitors in weapons, free-sparring and forms categories with outstanding results. The medals tallied; (8) Gold, (9) Silver, and (9) Bronze! AWESOME!
In addition to the competition, several team members were involved with opening ceremonies demonstrations displaying dynamic women's self-defense skills, the unique world masters team-form, and a very entertaining pre-school children's show. Excitement and anticipation had been mounting since the beginning of the year with hours of focus-training and coaching to become the best they can be. Attitude is everything! The team was so pumped up with positive energy and ambition for success. Developing and applying this kind of mind-set and confidence are the real prizes here that you can take home and wear. Special recognition is given to our instructors; Leslie D'Ercole, Sig Luther and Barbara Bellini for their contagious spirit of excellence, infectious motivation, and model of sportsmanship. Congratulations!Now we are looking forward to our California Regional Championship scheduled for October 11th. The event will be held here in Chula Vista giving many more of our talented members the opportunity to experience the thrill of competition and to demonstrate their best.
Thursday, June 26, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Sunday June 8th was Movie Night for TSDKI. This, our second outing in as many months grew and doubled in popularity. The anticipation of the new "Kung Fu Panda" animated movie created excitement for dozens of our studios families and friends. All arrived early at the Otay Ranch Town Centre AMC in Chula Vista, CA. to insure themselves a seat for the sold out time slot. Shortly before showtime our families socialized in the theater's lobby for a special gift give-a-way of "Kung Fu Panda" posters, tattoos, stickers, and appropriately renamed the event "Tang Soo Panda".
Stay tuned for future movie night announcements.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Congratulations to; (1st GUP) Alexis Stoke, Brandon Nordengreen, Jason Ferber, Amanda Masumoto, Jose Figueroa, (2nd GUP) Jose Tello, (3rd GUP) Brian Mitchell, (4th GUP) Oscar Pineda, Oscar Franco, (6th GUP)Sulema Barajas, Danielle Ferber, Allyson Masumoto, (7th GUP) Diane Tello, Andres Espinoza, and (9th GUP) Ryan Mayoral.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Keep up the excellent work and enthusiasm,and achieve your next goal!
The special night out was so much fun that we have decided to do it again in June. Our next Movie Night is scheduled for Sunday, June 8th featuring " Kung Fu Panda". All children, families and friends are invited to come and enjoy this great film with us!
Monday, April 21, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Apr 19 Adult Gup Test 12:30 PM
Apr 26 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
May 3 Regional DAN Test Allied Gardens 1:00pm
May 4 (Sunday) Cinco de Mayo info booth Third Avenue Festival
May 10 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
May 10 Movie Night at AMC OtayRanch TC "Forbidden Kingdom"
May 16th (Friday)TTLD review and promotion 5:00pm
May 17th Black Belt Class Child Safety Fair 9:00am
May 17th CV Kiwanis Club "Child Safety Fair" Rosebank Elementary
May 23 Gup Exam (Friday) 5:00pm
May 24 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
* May 26th - Memorial Day No Class
May 31 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
May 31 TSD Tijuana Clinic JFK Primary School Tijuana 8:00am
Jun 7 Region 20 Black Belt Class (Reg. Championship Poster Release)
Jun 7 St. Charles Fair Demo 4:30 PM
Jun 14 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
Jun 21 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
Jun 27 TTLD review and promotion 5:00pm
June 28 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
* July 4th Independence day No Class
*Jul 10-16 World Championship Florida (Abbreviated Class Schedule)
Jul 19 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
Jul 26 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
Aug 2 Region 20 Black Belt Class
Aug 9 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
Aug 15th (Friday) TTLD review and promotion 5:00pm
Aug 16th TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
Aug 16) Gup Exam 2:00pm
Aug 18-23rd Buddy Week
Aug 23 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
* Sept 1st Labor Day No Class
Sept. 6 Regional Black Belt Class
Sept/ 13 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
Sept. 20 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
Sept. 26 TTLD review and promotion 5:00pm
Sept 27 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
Oct 10th Region 20 DAN Testing 3:00 pm & Instructors Dinner
Oct 10 Championship Set Up crew Parkway Gym 10:00-11:30pm
Oct 11th Region 20 Championship & Championship Party
Oct 18 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
Oct 25 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
Nov 1 Region 20 Black Belt Class
Nov 8 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
Nov 8 WTSDA Day Celebration
Nov 14 TTLD review and promotion 5:00pm
Nov 15 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
Nov 15 Gup Exam 2:00 PM
Nov 22 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
* Nov 27 Thanksgiving No Class
Nov 29 TSDKI Black Belt Class Morning 8:00am to 9:30am
Dec 6 Regional Black Belt Class 2:00pm
Dec 20 TSDKI Christmas Party
*Dec 24 thru Jan 1 School Closed
(TSDKIBBC) classes are only available to DAN members, Cho Dan Bo and 1st Gup Red belt students. Plan to arrive on time and prepared with t-shirt for Qi-Gong, dobolk, and footwear for possible outside training (no sandals or flip flops).
Good Tang Soo Morning!
Thursday, April 17, 2008
(top photo) One hundred and forty Masters and candidates of the WTSDA are pictured here during the 2008 Masters Clinic held heach year in Florence, Alabama.
(front row left-right)
Giordano D'Ercole, Dillan Lauzon, Guillermo Paquian, Dante Corti, and Maya Horiuchi.
(back row left-right)
BSBN Leslie D'Ercole Salinas, Aidan Perez, Marina Ballesteros, Alexis Lona, Arahi Espinoza, Master Larry Dercole, and Mairead Perez.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Every two years our WTSDA comes together on a grand scale by organizing a World Class event entitled "The WTSDA World Championship". Students and families representing most if not all of our member countries converge to create one of our organizations most unique and largest gatherings. Family vacations are also planned around the event for an even more enjoyable experience. The championship boasts competition categories for all members from Tiny Tigers to Black Belts and every age and rank groups in between. It's never too early to begin your plans, journey, and registration. The 2008 World Championship is scheduled for July 10-11th in Orlando Florida. Registration must be completed by May 31st. Period.
You can view and download details and applications by visiting http://www.wtsda.com/ and click on the World Championship link.