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Masters Call 02/25/2017 @ Sebastian Karate (L-R) Master L. Soma, C. Ott, Sr. Master Bazil, Grandmaster M. Baird, L. Happer, J. Saffold, W. Rodd, A.J. Perry, Sr. Master P. DeFosses, H. Serrato,  Master E. Ross

 

There are many announcements of the successes of the member organizations and the individual members. We are so very proud of these fine achievements and share them via social media, particularly Facebook.

Master Cliff Ott, 6th Dan from Sevier Martial Arts in Sevierville, Tennessee honored us by joining the American Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation in February.  What a great addition having him and is school as part of this great organization.

Grandmaster Saffold was honored by the World Tang Soo Do General Federation to be promoted to 10th Dan effective August 1, 2016. The formal presentation of his promotion was made at the October 17th, 2016 Seminar and Dan testing in Grand Ledge, Michigan.  There were many, many friends and fellow Martial Artists in attendance.  Tang Soo!!!

Master Dennis McHenry tested for and was promoted to 8th Dan by Grandmaster Saffold on March 13, 2014. His test was another example of what an excellent Martial Artist is and does.  He is now officially a Grandmaster of Tang Soo Do. Congratulations Grandmaster McHenry.

Master Michael Baird tested for and was promoted to 8th Dan by Grandmaster Saffold February 9, 2013. His test was awesome as he is an exceptional Martial Artist. He is now a Grandmaster of Tang Soo Do. Congratulations Grandmaster Baird!

November 4-9th, 2012, Grandmaster Saffold and Master Pete DeFosses were sponsored by the World Moo Duk Kwan General Federation to attend the First World Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do General Federation Forum in Seoul, Korea.  Grandmaster was named the Chief Delegate to the worldwide forum. Attendees were senior Tang Soo Do Masters and Grandmasters from Korea and around the world.

The Forum included:
Meetings and discussions among the world’s Tang Soo Do leaders
Spending time and getting to know the senior Korean Grandmasters
Training led by Great Grandmaster, Hee Suk Choi, Dan #3
The introduction of seven new Hyungs
The name of the World organization was decided to be:

World Tang Soo Do General Federation – Korea”

Also, a trip to the World Martial Arts Park in Chong Ju, Korea. It was at the park that each of the Forum attendees signed a Tang Soo Do proclamation that will be permanently displayed at the park.

A tour of Seoul, a visit to the Martial Arts sales stores, and while there, a quick visit by Grandmaster Saffold, Master DeFosses and Master Alden Lee of Holland, to the Kook Ki Won headquarters of Tae Kwon Do.

What a great opportunity to meet with old friends, make new friends, share great times, eat superb meals, train hard, and witness a Dan Testing for several senior Dan Members.

Of course, there was the opportunity to visit and buy some keepsakes.

October 27, 2012 saw the testing and promotion of three wonderful Masters and three Dan Members at the American Kwan Seminar and Testing.

Master Mark DeLongchamp, Master Joseph Parkinson and Master Cathy Parkinson

all three tested for their Fifth Degree

David Bratton tested for his Second Degree

Andrew Bratton and Trevor Herr tested for their First Degree

It was an excellent testing. It is truly a great experience to be part of their testing. Great job to all five!

Also pictured is Master Hayme Serrato, Instructor for Messrs. Bratton, Bratton and Herr

 
 

“Small Tournament with Big Results”

The team of Tracey LiMato and Denise Green of Sebastian Karate Moo Duk Kwan on August 10th & 11th , 2012
captured 8 – 1st places and 2 – 2nd places at the PSKL World Championships held in Orland Florida.
The Dynamic Duo competed in Traditional Forms, Traditional Weapons, Musical Forms, Musical Weapons and Point Sparring.

 

 We had an outstanding weekend at the 2012 US Open, the Sebastian Karate Moo Duk Kwan team had alot of fun and hit it out of the ballpark.

The Team results: (124 Trophies & Medals)
1st Place = 18, 2nd Place = 15, 3rd Place = 41, 4th Place = 12
5th – 8th Place (Finalist) = 38, Competitor = 15 and
(Black Belt /division – A)
1st Place Sync-Team Weapons
2nd Place Syns- Team Weapons
4th Place Syns-Team Forms


Master Hayme Serrato held a tournament in May 2012 with great attendance. A good tournament with great competition.

May was interesting. On Thursday, May 10, 2012, The World Moo Duk Kwan General Federation’s senior Grandmasters came to Pennsylvania. This was the first time in the United States for most of them.  Grandmaster Kovaleski and Rothrock and Master Eric Kovaleski put on an excellent program.

Thursday was a seminar taught by the Korean Grandmasters.  Grandmaster Hee Suk Choi, 10th Dan demonstrated a new Hyung never seen
before. Grandmaster Chang and Grandmaster Hwang and Grandmaster Baek, as well as Grandmaster Choung put on training sessions. These
Grandmasters are truly awesome martial artists.

On Friday, in a meeting with Grandmaster Koe Woong Choung, the Director General and Grandmaster Tan, Grandmaster Saffold as one of two
non-Korean 9th Dans in the organization, was appointed to the Board of Elders of the World Moo Duk Kwan General Federation.

On Friday and Saturday there was a tournament put on by the Kovaleski / Rothrock team that went very well. Then on Saturday night there
was the Living Legends Hall of Fame. Grandmasters Saffold and Rodd and Sanders, Masters DeFosses, Serrato, Bazil, Soma and Ross were
inducted into the Hall of Fame.

April we had a Master’s Call at Master Joe and Cathy Parkinson and Master Rich Sajtos club. It was great to get to train and workout with such senior Martial Artists.

Masters Joe and Cathy Parkinson and Master Rich Sajtos promoted a new Purple Belt. Grandmaster takes special pride in this promotion as it is his Granddaughter Nadene Saffold that was promoted! Yea Nadene!

 

Master Eric Ross hosted a Master’s Call December 10th at the Triadic Martial Arts Do Jang in Clarkston, MI. Grandmaster put Grand Master Rodd and the Masters through an advanced session and reviewed several advanced Hyungs. We were honored to have Master Scott Gorham, 6th Dan, Tae Kwon Do, and a good friend and an excellent martial artist, and Master Mike Olivero, 6th Dan World Traditional Tang Soo Do, a good friend and also an excellent martial artist.

Master Hayme Serrato hosted KJN as he held an annual Banquet along with a testing for three new Junior Dan Members. Good job and congratulations. The food and the fellowship was excellent as always.

Miss Emily joined the American Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation as an adult Cho Dan. She belongs to the Lakes Area Martial Arts school. She has shown herself to be a very good student and Martial Artist.

 

November 5th KJN visited and trained with Tampa Bay Tang Soo Do in Tampa, Florida. Another great group of Martial Artists. It is really a treat to see so many Tang Soo Do practitioners throughout the country. Senior Master Mike Baird honored KJN with a special banner.

 

November 3 and 4th KJN visited and trained with Sebastian Moo Duk Kwan in Sebastian, Florida. What a great bunch of Martial Artists.
Grandmaster was honored with a cake (see picture below) that tasted as good as it looks. Master Pete DeFosses was his usual outstanding self.



HE MOST SENIOR GRAND MASTERS IN TANG SOO DO!

GM YD Kim        GM HS Choi     GM KW Choung

Announcing the World Moo Tang Soo Do General Federation.

Grand Master YD Kim, Dan #2, and Grand Master HS Choi, Dan #3 are the most senior Dan members in the World.

Grand Master K W Choung, the General Secretary is a long time friend of Grand Master Saffold.

On August 25th, 2011 Grand Master Saffold was awarded his 9th Dan Certificate from this very prestigious organization.

There are currently only two foreigners that have reached this level (9th Dan).  Grand Master Sergio Chavez, 9th Dan, of Mexico, and Grand Master James Saffold, 9th Dan, of USA. See photo below with Grandmaster JJ Kim, taken in 2006 at KJN JJ Kim’s last tournament.

 

Following the October 15th seminar and testing, GM Saffold was SURPRISED by being honored for receiving this Certificate of Promotion. It was really special to be treated so well by so many honored guests.  – Thank you!

Mr. Dave Cousino is now Master Dave Cousino. He tested October 15th for his Master Belt and it was no surprise how great he did. He is an excellent Martial Artist. Congratulations Master Dave!

October 22, 2011, Master Lisa Dzik gave it her all, but lost to a much heavier opponent. She put it all on the line at the Palace in a full contact MMA Cage fight. It was great to have so many members of American Kwan show up to cheer her on.

Master Hayme Serrato has several students that competed and placed 1st or 2nd for the entire season of tournaments. Congratulations for a great job!!!! Names will be added as soon as they’re availalbe. Pictures too.

September 23 – 25. Grand Master JR West held his 36th International HapKiDo Seminar in Jackson, Mississippi.
There were too many outstanding Martial Arts Experts to begin to list.
Dr. He Young Kimm was there and put on a very interesting session.
Master Dennis McHenry, taught a couple great Arnis sessions.
Grand Master Saffold put on a quick demonstration of “Around the World” assisted by Mr. Ricardo Pardo. GM also taught kicking / balance drills and had a great time learning from so many experts.

 

July 1 and 2nd, 2011. The US Open was held in Orlando at Disney World’s Corondo Springs Convention Center. Sebastian Karate led the list of participating schools with 42 competitors. Thousands of competitors came for all over the world for the “Granddaddy of Karate Tournaments.”

As has become customary for these dedicated Martial Artists, the Sebastian competitors did excellent in all areas of competition, teams, weapons, forms, and sparring and breaking.

While at the US Open, Grand Master had the privilege to promote his son, James, Jr. to 4th Dan, making him a Master. Master DeFosses and the competitors from Sebastian made this promotion a truly honored event by sharing and witnessing the promotion of a Master.

June 25, 2011: Master Hayme Serrato held a Dan testing at the Ortonville school. Four young people showed us what youth can do when they put their mind to it. Grand Master was very impressed with the excellent job done by each.

Congratulations to Luke George and Kira Griggs, Lukas Lacy, and Kirsten Siver!

 

June 22, 2011:  Jeff Miller tested and was promoted to 6th Gup at the Grand Ledge school testing. Good job Jeff.

April 15, 2011:    Sebastian Karate conducted a Black Belt testing.

Promoted to Cho Dan was the American Kwan’s Senior Member, Dr. John Clare, 74.  “Doc” is an inspiration to us all. He has proven that drive and determination can get you to places that most won’t even attempt to gain. Thanks “Doc” for showing us all what the Martial Arts Way is all about.

Also promoted was the second half of the only Husband – Wife Black Belt duo in American Kwan, Ms. Gretchen Nelson. She joined her husband Keith who was promoted to Cho Dan last September.

Ms. Lisa Evans-Gay completed the group of new Cho Dan’s. She, along with Gretchen, join Tracey and Debra as four ladies who show us that  women can and do lead in Martial Arts. Any one of them can kick “it” with the best.

These new Dan Members join the four Dan Members promoted in September to make Master Pete DeFosses school even better. Congratulations and well done!

January 12, 2011: Jeff Miller and Dustin Wirth of the Grand Ledge school tested for gup promotions. Both performed exceptionally and were promoted to 7th Gup and 5th Gup respectively. Pictures will follow.

The American Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation, Inc. held a seminar and testing on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Master Louis Soma’s Grand Ledge Do Jang.Master Eric Ross tested for his 5th Dan and Mr. Richard Sundeen tested for his 4th Dan, Master belt.  Congratulations to both for their accomplishment! Lots of nerves and stress and work and forms and breaking and sparring.  Great brick and board breaking was done and the floor was not even damaged. (Whew)

Along with the testing we had a seminar. Introduced was an elementary Bo Staff form. Also practiced were the three Kwan Hyungs that supplement the Geicho Hyungs.  Master Lisa Dzik demonstrated one of her championship Bo Forms to everyones awe.

Other recent happenings within the American Kwan

Promotion at the last Dan testing to Grand Master, 8th Dan, of Walter Rodd, of Rodd’s Martial Arts. Congratulations Grand Master Rodd.

Grand Master got to visit and train at the Tampa Bay Tang Soo Do School of Senior Master Michael Baird. A very good time was had along with a good workout.

Gup testing was held at Master Louis Soma’s American Kwan – Grand Ledge School in Grand Ledge with Dustin Wirth and Jeff Miller passing easily. Never before has a white belt had to break with a front punch, but Jeff made it look easy.

Master Richard Sundeen announced the opening of his school in Copper Harbor, Michigan, American Kwan – Copper Harbor.

Master Peter DeFosses’  Sebastian Karate has four new Dan Members. Promoted to First Dan were: Peter A. DeFosses (Master Pete’s Grandson), Debra Gage, Tracey LiMato, and Keith Nelson. Congratulation for staying the course and becoming Dan Members! Along with the promotions, Master DeFosses’ new Do Jang was officially opened. Grand Master gave a medal to each of the students in honor of their new school.

Master Lisa Dzik, of Shiru Tora Academy fought at Meadowbrook with a well deserved victory. She will be fighting again December 18th at the Palace. Please come out and cheer her on.

Miss Tracey doing Bassai at US Open

Ms. Tracey LiMato of Master Peter DeFosses’ Sebastian, Florida Do Jang, competed in and was selected to have her action picture included in the Kick Gen calendar.

Be sure to download your own printable 2011 calendar at

kickgencalendar.com

Tracey is pictured for December.  Her picture was taken while she was performing Bassai during the US Open in Orlando, Florida. Yea Tracey!

 

Miss Mei of Master Joe Parkinson’s Lakes Area Martial Arts Club wins a trophy at the KI tournament. Congratulations Miss Mei.

                                                                      

Miss emily of Master Joe Parkinson’s Lakes Area Martial Arts Club tested for her Cho Dan December 2, 2010. Very well done! Congratulations Miss Emily.

Mr. David Bratton and Miss Stephanie Brandon both achieved their 1st Dan in Tang Soo Do at Hayme Serrato’s Martial Arts on Saturday, December 11, 2010.  Congratulations to you both!

Mark DeLongchamp

Master Mark Delongchamp, a senior member with Master Serrato’s Martial Arts has joined the American Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation. Congratulations and welcome! The American Kwan is fortunate to have you join Master Serrato as Members.

Lisa Dzik

Master Lisa Dzik of Shiru Tora Academy fought Dec 18th at the Palace. She won early in the first round. Her opponent put up a good but short fight. But Lisa was at her very best and dominated. Congratulations and well done!

New American Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation Dan Members from Senior Master Michael Baird’s Tampa Bay Tang Soo Do Center.  Promoted May 1, 2010 to Cho (First) Dan were Kyle Smith, Cole Post and Benjamin Gore.
ALSO from Senior Master Michael Baird’s Tampa Bay Tang Soo Do Center; promoted on December 11, 2010 were Joseph Hughes and Steven Myers to 3rd Dan and Scott Smith to 2nd Dan in American Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation.
Congratulations to you all! Well done!HE MOST SENIOR GRAND MASTERS IN TANG SOO DO!

GM YD Kim GM HS Choi GM KW Choung

Announcing the World Moo Duk Kwan General Federation.

Grand Master YD Kim, Dan #2, and Grand Master HS Choi, Dan #3 are the most senior Dan members in the World.

Grand Master K W Choung, the General Secretary is a long time friend of Grand Master Saffold.

On August 25th, 2011 Grand Master Saffold was awarded his 9th Dan Certificate from this very prestigious organization.

There are currently only two foreigners that have reached this level (9th Dan). Grand Master Sergio Chavez, 9th Dan, of Mexico, and Grand Master James Saffold, 9th Dan, of USA. See photo below with Grandmaster JJ Kim, taken in 2006 at KJN JJ Kim’s last tournament.

Following the October 15th seminar and testing, GM Saffold was SURPRISED by being honored for receiving this Certificate of Promotion. It was really special to be treated so well by so many honored guests. – Thank you!

Mr. Dave Cousino is now Master Dave Cousino. He tested October 15th for his Master Belt and it was no surprise how great he did. He is an excellent Martial Artist. Congratulations Master Dave!

October 22, 2011, Master Lisa Dzik gave it her all, but lost to a much heavier opponent. She put it all on the line at the Palace in a full contact MMA Cage fight. It was great to have so many members of American Kwan show up to cheer her on.

Master Hayme Serrato has several students that competed and placed 1st or 2nd for the entire season of tournaments. Congratulations for a great job!!!! Names will be added as soon as they’re availalbe. Pictures too.

September 23 – 25. Grand Master JR West held his 36th International HapKiDo Seminar in Jackson, Mississippi.
There were too many outstanding Martial Arts Experts to begin to list.
Dr. He Young Kimm was there and put on a very interesting session.
Master Dennis McHenry, taught a couple great Arnis sessions.
Grand Master Saffold put on a quick demonstration of “Around the World” assisted by Mr. Ricardo Pardo. GM also taught kicking / balance drills and had a great time learning from so many experts.

July 1 and 2nd, 2011. The US Open was held in Orlando at Disney World’s Corondo Springs Convention Center. Sebastian Karate led the list of participating schools with 42 competitors. Thousands of competitors came for all over the world for the “Granddaddy of Karate Tournaments.”

As has become customary for these dedicated Martial Artists, the Sebastian competitors did excellent in all areas of competition, teams, weapons, forms, and sparring and breaking.

While at the US Open, Grand Master had the privilege to promote his son, James, Jr. to 4th Dan, making him a Master. Master DeFosses and the competitors from Sebastian made this promotion a truly honored event by sharing and witnessing the promotion of a Master.

June 25, 2011: Master Hayme Serrato held a Dan testing at the Ortonville school. Four young people showed us what youth can do when they put their mind to it. Grand Master was very impressed with the excellent job done by each.

Congratulations to Luke George and Kira Griggs, Lukas Lacy, and Kirsten Siver!

June 22, 2011: Jeff Miller tested and was promoted to 6th Gup at the Grand Ledge school testing. Good job Jeff.

April 15, 2011: Sebastian Karate conducted a Black Belt testing.

Promoted to Cho Dan was the American Kwan’s Senior Member, Dr. John Clare, 74. “Doc” is an inspiration to us all. He has proven that drive and determination can get you to places that most won’t even attempt to gain. Thanks “Doc” for showing us all what the Martial Arts Way is all about.

Also promoted was the second half of the only Husband – Wife Black Belt duo in American Kwan, Ms. Gretchen Nelson. She joined her husband Keith who was promoted to Cho Dan last September.

Ms. Lisa Evans-Gay completed the group of new Cho Dan’s. She, along with Gretchen, join Tracey and Debra as four ladies who show us that women can and do lead in Martial Arts. Any one of them can kick “it” with the best.

These new Dan Members join the four Dan Members promoted in September to make Master Pete DeFosses school even better. Congratulations and well done!

January 12, 2011: Jeff Miller and Dustin Wirth of the Grand Ledge school tested for gup promotions. Both performed exceptionally and were promoted to 7th Gup and 5th Gup respectively. Pictures will follow.

The American Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation, Inc. held a seminar and testing on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Master Louis Soma’s Grand Ledge Do Jang.

Master Eric Ross tested for his 5th Dan and Mr. Richard Sundeen tested for his 4th Dan, Master belt. Congratulations to both for their accomplishment! Lots of nerves and stress and work and forms and breaking and sparring. Great brick and board breaking was done and the floor was not even damaged. (Whew)

Along with the testing we had a seminar. Introduced was an elementary Bo Staff form. Also practiced were the three Kwan Hyungs that supplement the Geicho Hyungs. Master Lisa Dzik demonstrated one of her championship Bo Forms to everyones awe.

Other recent happenings within the American Kwan

Promotion at the last Dan testing to Grand Master, 8th Dan, of Walter Rodd, of Rodd’s Martial Arts. Congratulations Grand Master Rodd.

Grand Master got to visit and train at the Tampa Bay Tang Soo Do School of Senior Master Michael Baird. A very good time was had along with a good workout.

Gup testing was held at Master Louis Soma’s American Kwan – Grand Ledge School in Grand Ledge with Dustin Wirth and Jeff Miller passing easily. Never before has a white belt had to break with a front punch, but Jeff made it look easy.

Master Richard Sundeen announced the opening of his school in Copper Harbor, Michigan, American Kwan – Copper Harbor.

Master Peter DeFosses’ Sebastian Karate has four new Dan Members. Promoted to First Dan were: Peter A. DeFosses (Master Pete’s Grandson), Debra Gage, Tracey LiMato, and Keith Nelson. Congratulation for staying the course and becoming Dan Members! Along with the promotions, Master DeFosses’ new Do Jang was officially opened. Grand Master gave a medal to each of the students in honor of their new school.

Master Lisa Dzik, of Shiru Tora Academy fought at Meadowbrook with a well deserved victory. She will be fighting again December 18th at the Palace. Please come out and cheer her on.

Miss Tracey doing Bassai at US Open

Ms. Tracey LiMato of Master Peter DeFosses’ Sebastian, Florida Do Jang, competed in and was selected to have her action picture included in the Kick Gen calendar.

Be sure to download your own printable 2011 calendar at

kickgencalendar.com

Tracey is pictured for December. Her picture was taken while she was performing Bassai during the US Open in Orlando, Florida. Yea Tracey!

Miss Mei of Master Joe Parkinson’s Lakes Area Martial Arts Club wins a trophy at the KI tournament. Congratulations Miss Mei.

Miss emily of Master Joe Parkinson’s Lakes Area Martial Arts Club tested for her Cho Dan December 2, 2010. Very well done! Congratulations Miss Emily.

Mr. David Bratton and Miss Stephanie Brandon both achieved their 1st Dan in Tang Soo Do at Hayme Serrato’s Martial Arts on Saturday, December 11, 2010. Congratulations to you both!

Mark DeLongchamp

Master Mark Delongchamp, a senior member with Master Serrato’s Martial Arts has joined the American Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation. Congratulations and welcome! The American Kwan is fortunate to have you join Master Serrato as Members.

Lisa Dzik

Master Lisa Dzik of Shiru Tora Academy fought Dec 18th at the Palace. She won early in the first round. Her opponent put up a good but short fight. But Lisa was at her very best and dominated. Congratulations and well done!

New American Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation Dan Members from Senior Master Michael Baird’s Tampa Bay Tang Soo Do Center. Promoted May 1, 2010 to Cho (First) Dan were Kyle Smith, Cole Post and Benjamin Gore.
ALSO from Senior Master Michael Baird’s Tampa Bay Tang Soo Do Center; promoted on December 11, 2010 were Joseph Hughes and Steven Myers to 3rd Dan and Scott Smith to 2nd Dan in American Kwan Tang Soo Do Federation.
Congratulations to you all! Well done!