A Message from Junior Grand Master Lewis
On September 28th Junior Grand Master Lewis’s students surprised him with a Thank You Poster for his hard work and dedication in preparing everyone for The State Games Of America that was recently held in Harrisburg/Hershey Pennsylvania. I was really surprised and honored that they really did appreciate all of their accomplishments said Junior Grand Master Lewis.
Annual Black Belt Testing-West Michigan Tae Kwon Do Association
On Saturday, August 24, the West Michigan Tae Kwon Do Association black belt testing was held in Grand Rapids, MI. The event was hosted by Junior Grand Master Mark Good and his organization. In attendance was Grand Master Tae Zee Park (Ann Arbor MI) and Grand Master Richard Warren and Junior Grand Master James Rodgers of Jackson Michigan. Testing included poomsae, sparring and board breaking and the event was followed with a dinner at Applebee.
Letter from 7th Dan – Junior Grand Master Lewis
Hello to everyone and how are you? I would like to talk about the National Congress Of State Games that was recently held in Harrisburg/Hershey Pennsylvania. There was a total of about 350 competitors from about 40 states. Tae Park Tae Kwon Do was well represented. There were about 25-30 Tae Park Tae Kwon Do students from Tennessee, Kentucky, Michigan, and Missouri along with a host of family and friends. Also there were Masters Heglund, Warmath, Sanderson, King, Henderson, and Nabhan present also.
I was really surprised at the lack of organization. The tournament did not have any schedule for people to see. There was no Opening Ceremony, Lunch Period, Demonstration, etc., etc. Students, Friends, and Families started arriving at 8 a.m. and our group left at 9 p.m. and they were not finished even at 9 p.m. One of the referees told me that all of the corner judges had only had very limited training the night before the tournament. There was not any kind of Dress Code for the corner judges.
Grand Master Park (Sa Bum Nim) has been telling us for years how a high quality and high caliber tournament was supposed to be conducted. Our tournament usually consists of 400-600 competitors each year and in my opinion we just get better and better at it. I think that we need to really focus on Tae Park World Class Championships in November and Tae Park National Seminar in March. We need to continue the Friendly, Family, and Traditional Values of the type of Tournament and Seminar that Sa Bum Nim has been teaching us for years. All of the Tae Park Tae Kwon Do Parents told me how much that they are proud to be a part of Tae Park Tae Kwon Do and World Class Tae Kwon Do.
Once again Tae Park Tae Kwon Do was well represented in Pennsylvania. All together we won about 30-40 medals and they definitely knew who we were. Even The Dae-Do Technicians knew who Tae Park and Tae Park Tae Kwon Do was. I can see why we are considered 1 of The Top 3 Tae Kwon Do Organizations in The World and The Number 1 Traditional Organization in The World. Thank you Sa Bum Nim for teaching us the right way and we are all very proud of always being a part of Tae Park Tae Kwon Do and World Class Tae Kwon Do. Thank you sir.
With Much Sincere Respect,
Junior Grand Master Dennis Lewis
Vice President Of WCTKD
Letter from a Parent of Sanderson Institute to Grand Master Park
Grand Master Park,
I took Young Lee to State Games of America, which was held at Harrisburg, PA on Saturday, 8/3/13. Young’s master instructor, John Sanderson, came there to support Young. While we were there, we met several people associated with Tae Park Taekwondo including Junior Grand Master Lewis. We were very glad to see familiar faces and Tae Park Taekwondo patches on the uniform. We appreciate your effort that you worked very hard to have American people like Taekwondo and participate in big events.
From participation of these events, we learn from each other.
One thing we could do better (I think) is to do board breaking by children (for example, jump over side kick). If we can add more excitement to the children, we will be able to grow more. Some people are quick. In general young people are quicker. So if we can cultivate quick young people to demonstrate and teach children one or twice a month, it will be a good incentive to attract children.
Thank you very much,
Nothern Michigan Tae Park Tae Kwon Do Testing
NMTPTKD, lead by Senior Master Golombisky held a color and black belt test on August 10th in Ionia. The test was successful with many color belts plus 7 students promoting to 1st dan and 3 promoting to 2nd dan. We would like to thank the judges that attended the test. 9th Dan – Grand Master Park, 7th Dan – Junior Grand Master Lewis, 6th Dan – Senior Master May, 5th Dan – Master Lucas, 5th Dan – Master Warmath, 4th Dan – Master Vora and new 4th Dan – Master Feurstein.
Upcoming Central Studio Test
This test will be held on October 12, 2013. There will be a 12:00pm – Masters Conference followed by a 1:00pm – Black Belt and Color Belt Testing. The tesing will be held at the Jackson YMCA with a very special guest, the President and Founder of Tae Park Tae Kwon Do, Grandmaster Tae Zee Park.
News from Sanderson Institute
Julie Dejnozka a Tae Park TKD 1st Dan from Sanderson Institute has been accepted to the Military Institute in New Mexico for her freshman year to be followed up with her second year and following at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
More news from the Mid-South
Junior Grand Master Instructor Dennis Lewis, Master Terry Warmath, Master Terry King, and Master Betty Henderson along with students from Lewis Institute Tae Park Tae Kwon Do Mid-South Tae Kwon Do Association recently traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee for a testing hosted by East Tennessee Master Instructor Bruce Park Jr.
A special seminar was taught for the students by Junior Grand Master Lewis!
Benefit for Junior Grand Master Good.
WCTKD-Ensing-Lofquist Institutes of Tae Park Taekwondo hosted a Benefit dinner on July 13th in honor of Junior Grand Master Mark Good. This event was a very special tribute to a man who has dedicated his life to taekwondo and now needs the help and support of his fellow martial artists. The Benefit was attended by over 100 persons from Tae Park Tae Kwon Do Institutes across Michigan.
Saturday was also a black belt testing at the central studio in Jackson Michigan and the judges of that testing made the trip up for the Benefit! Thank you for your support Grand Master Tae Zee Park, Grand Master Richard Warren, Junior Grand Master James Rodgers and Master Valerie Lucas. What dedication and respect!
The event featured grilled chicken, our chiefs of the day–Master Don Ross and Gary Lofquist grilled to perfection! A wide array of food was prepared by Master Constance Ensing and her Instructors, Master Susan Lofquist, Mrs. Rita Carmody, Mrs. Maureen Carmody, Mr. Erik Veen and Mrs. Karen Benchek.
Many thanks goes out to all those who attended and worked for this event.
A Silent Auction will be underway until the end of August with donated goods and services! Master Kerry McCarthy is heading up this and more information will be coming to keep us all posted on its progress!
NEW Dae Do Training is here!
This training will take place on Saturday, June 15th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the following location. We will need some students to where the armor and “spar”.
Orchard Hill Reformed Church
1465 Three Mile Rd NW
Grand Rapids, Mi, 49544
CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW BLACK BELTS AND NEW MASTER INSTRUCTORS OF TAE PARK TAEKWONDO!!
The March Tennessee Seminar closed out at the Dyersburg State Community College with a black belt testing. Students of Tae Park Taekwondo from Michigan, New York,
Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee participated. On Friday night a special Masters testing took place and new Masters level candidates: Huong Tran, Aaron Lindstrom,
Larry Feuerstein tested to 4 Dan with Master Terry Warmath promoting to 5 Dan.
Lewis Institute Of Tae Park Tae Kwon Do, Mid-South Tae Kwon Do Association
On December 15th 2012, Master Instructor Terry King married his long time girlfriend Ms. Denise Smith (the Tae Park National Anthem songstress). Tae Park Tae Kwon Do was well
represented with a host of Lewis Institute families, friends, students, parents, and instructors. Master King had various displays and pictures representing Tae Park Tae Kwon Do
on display at the reception. It was a wonderful celebration for a great couple.
Congratulations to the happy couple!
Pic 1/2, From left to right: Master Terry Warmath, Groom-Master Terry King and Junior Grand Master Dennis Lewis.
Pic 2/2, From left to right: Ms. Jacqueline Evans(Junior Grand Master Lewis’s longtime girlfriend), Junior Grand Master Dennis Lewis, Bride-Mrs. Denise King, Groom-Master Terry King,Mrs Holly Scribner and Master Terry Warmath.
Submitted by Junior Grand Master Dennis Lewis
State Games of America 2013
Click on the this link for details about this upcoming event. This site will provide you with details about registration, hotels and the Visitor Bureau.
Lewis Institute helping local foundation
The Lewis Institute Youth Group recently collected over 100 fleece blankets for Nates Wish, a local foundation dedicated to providing comfort items to children newly diagnosed with cancer,
to assist in their transition from home to hospital. Pictured is (r) Master Betty Henderson, Sponsor; Bailey Jackson, Secretary; Micah Haley, President; Stacie Richard,
Jeff Richard, Audrey Richard, Ali Richard; Melissa Haley, sponsor. Not pictured: Landon Scribner, Vice-President; PJ Odom, Secretary; Junior Grandmaster Dennis Lewis,
founder Mid-South Tae Kwon Do. The youth group would like to thank those who generously donated to this worthy cause. www.nateswish.com
Central Studio Testing
This testing will be conducted at the Jackson YMCA on January 19th, 2013 starting at 3pm. The nex testing will be held on March 30th, 2013 at 3pm at this same location.
Good Institue Class on 12-14 and Testing on 12-15-12
Junior Grand Master Good and Mr. Huong Tran conducted a class in Rochester, NY on Friday from 6pm to 8pm for all students and 8 pm tp 9pm for black belts.
On Saturday 12-12, they had class from 9am to 10am followed by a testing from 10:30 to noon. Two of the judges; Mr. Klingbeil and Mr Wrona viewed the testing over the internet.
Following the test high belt class was held until 2pm and then some students were allowed to stay for a invitation only class until 4pm.
2013 Tae Park Tae Kwon Do National Seminar
Junior Grand Master Dennis Lewis announced this week that the dates for the upcoming ‘Tae Park Tae Kwon Do
National Seminar’ will be on March 15-16, 2013 in Dyersburg Tennessee.
Click here for Seminar details
Referee Training, 1-3 PM on Sunday October 21, 2012 in Grand Rapdis, Mi
All Tae Park Taekwondo Black Belts are encouraged to attend
a training/refresher class prior to the upcoming tournament!
Orchard Hill Reformed Church-gym
1465 3 Mile Road Northwest Grand Rapids, MI 49544
(gym is located on the rear of the building-lower level)
Instructed by: Master Robert KIingbeil and Master J. Illiff
Referee Training, 12-3 PM on Saturday October 27, 2012 in Jackson, Mi
The Central Studio will be hosting a Referee Seminar at the Jackson YMCA which will be conducted by Master Bob Klingbeil and Master Jessie Illiff. If you haven’t had a
chance to see how and participate this is a great opportunity. This no charge to master and students. If you are thirteen of and
above, and green belt, you may join. Please wear your uniform and bring all of your armour.
Sincerely and Respectfully
TOURNAMENT REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Hello, I hope everyone is doing well. I’m happy to announce the 2012 registration is open. Below is the direct link for participants to register
for our tournament in November. I have a deadline of November 3rd on the site to encourage everyone to register on time. I will send out updated
spreadsheets like I have in the past to keep you posted along with checking for accuracy. If you have questions or suggestions, please
let me know. Please pass this information to your instructors and students.
Master Randy Wrona
Click here to see the footage.
Institute Reporters announced:
These individuals will be responsible for sending information about events that are happening withing their institute to the web stie team to be uploaded.
Junior Grand Master James Rodgers, Rodgers Institute–Mr Edward Heath
Junior Grand Master Mark Good, Good Institute–Mr Dan Duba
TAE KWON DO: State testing, competition held in Milan, TN September 29, 2012.
Click here to see the footage.
Scrap Metal Donation Fundraiser
On Saturday, October 6th from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm in the parking lot of the Jackson YMCA. Anyone who has scrap metals can dontate by dropping them off. The
proceeds from the sale of metal to be split between the Jackson YMCA and the Central Studios of Tae Park Tae Kwon Do. The dumpsters will be manned
by YMCA staff and volunteers from Central Studios of Tae Park Tae Kwon Do. Please bring any scrap metal in for the cause.
CONGRATULATIONS to new 7th Dan’s Junior Grand Master James Rodgers and Junior Grand Master Dennis Lewis!!!
On June 22nd, 2012 Junior Grand Master James A. Rodgers, Head Instructor for Tae Park Taekwondo and Instructor at Central Studio, along with Junior Grand Master Dennis Lewis, President of Lewis Institute of Tae Park Taekwondo, and Pioneer in the Southern Region, Tested for 7th Dan Junior Grandmaster in the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Marriot Courtyard Downtown in the banquet room, Just a day before the State Games of Michigan.
TENNESSEE STATE GAMESTae Park Tae Kwon Do will be the official sponsor for The Tae Kwon Do Competition for The State Games Of Tennessee. This will be the first time that Tennessee has had a State Games since 1994. At this time tae kwon do and fencing will be the only offered events.
The tae kwon do tournament will take place:
September 29th 2012
Milan Y.M.C.A. in Milan, Tennessee
Tournament Director: Master Dr. Said Nabhan
Co-Director: Mr. Jeff Rummells
Special Guest will be Grandmaster Tae Zee Park President and Founder Of Tae Park Tae Kwon Do Of The United States Of America.
We are very excited about this opportunity and I am very excited about the opportunity that this presents to Tae Park Tae Kwon Do. I received the Official Sanction Letter today.
Also there is a possibility that we will have Color-Belt and Black-Belt Testing on Thursday September 27th in Tennessee and Color-Belt Testing on Friday September 28th in Kentucky. I will be letting everyone know about hotel information and the exact schedule very soon.
Take care and I will talk to you soon.
Sincerely & Respectfully,
Junior Grandmaster Dennis Lewis
August 20, 2012
Mr Richard Warren today set history on his testing at the Kukkiwon for 8th Dan. He has practiced for close to 40 years. He is one of the Original Students. He is the Vice-President of Tae Park Tae Kwon Do and also the President of the Board of Directors for World Class Tae Kwon Do, LLC.
Grand Master Tae Park had spent several days of special instruction with Mr Warren in preparation for this test. This is a first for us and not an easy accomplishment. The expense of money is large, more than you can imagine, and the time and energy is not small. Mr Warren has devoted a large part of his life to Tae Kwon Do, Tae Park Tae Kwon Do, the development of the Art, and to Grand Master Park and his teaching methods and style. He did a physical test. A “Real Test” unlike some who do a “Political Test”.
A Real Test involves preparing oneself by knowing the technique and being able to use it in the form. No hesitation. No miss of any kind. There is one required form and three more that the judge’s panel can select one or two or all three. One shot at each one. One miss, even the slightest, and failure will take place. There is also a paper or report to write and an interview at the judge’s choice.
Now think about the time just for the test. 14+ hours of flight time. Strange land, food and water, and hotel. Arrive one day before the test. Jet lag? No time for that. The whole time in Korea is basically part of the test. And then there is the money which is close to $10,000 total for this. Then fly home the next day and back to the USA.
Mr Warren was presented with his 8th Dan Chung Do Kwan Certificate from Grand Master Woon Kyu Uhm. Grand Master Uhm and Grand Master Park are both extremely proud of Mr Warren’s accomplishment. Keep in mind he could not have done this without the instruction and support of Grand Master Park. So all the of these gentlemen are very happy.
Mr Richard Warren should now be addressed as Grand Master Warren or Warren kwan jung. Congratulations Sir!
JGM MD Good
CONGRATULATIONS to new 8th Dan Grand Master Richard Warren!!!
He was presented with his CDK 8th Dan by Grand Master Uhm this week and will receive his Kukkiwon certificate in November at the Tae Park World Class Championships’!!
Grand Master Park and Junior Grand Master Warren Travel to the Kukkikwon.
Grand Master Tae Zee Park of Ann Arbor and his student Junior Grand Master Richard Warren, President of World Class Tae Kwon Do, from Jackson, Michigan
are traveling to Seoul, South Korea the week of August 10th. They have meetings and will be attending the Hanmadang, which is held annually at the Kukkikwon. Grand Master Park will be returning to the USA on September 8th. Both men are excited to visit Grand Master Parks homeland and attend events taking place there. We wish them a safe and productive journey. (Grand Master Tae Zee Park is located on the bottom far left. One position to his right is Grand Master Uhm and Junior Grand Master Warren is located on the far right of the top row.)
Tae Park Tae Kwon Do Referee and Tournament Style Sparring Workshop
Tae Park Tae Kwon Do Central
Jackson, MI – Jackson YMCA
May 5, 2012 10:00AM to 1:00PM
Tae Park Tae Kwon Do International Team Coach, Master Robert Klingbiel
Tae Park Tae Kwon Do International Team Captain, Mr. Lemon Williams
Referee Training – Corner Judge Training – Electronic Scoring
– Tournament Style Sparring
Bring all your armor!
Fee – $20 – make checks out to James Rodgers
In advance, send check to: Edward Heath, 3061 19-1/2 Mile Road, Tekonsha, MI 49092
Or pay at the event.
Ensing-Lofquist Institutes NEWS
On April 21, 2012 a color belt testing was held in Grand Rapids MI.
Attending as invited judges were, Master James Heglund of Ada and Master John Sanderson of Ypsilanti MI.
There were 35 test candidates ranging in rank from white belts to low red.
High score was a tie between Michelle Brown-Instructor Ms Sinclair/Lofquist Institute and Katherine Holmes-Instructor Mr Costa/Lofquist Institute.
Master Heglund addressed the crowd in reference to the importance of basic stances and your TKD.
He also promoted the upcoming Meijer State Games of Michigan which he is the tournament director for taking place on June 22-23, 2012.
Thank you for attending our testing Master Heglund and Master Sanderson!
Grand Master Woon Kyu Uhm
On November 12, 2011 Tae Park Tae Kwon Do was honored by the presence of Grand Master Woon Kyu Uhm. His arrival from Seoul, Korea was a much anticipated event and the whole organization was privileged by his acceptance of our invitation.
The annual Tae Park Tae Kwon Do tournament had an unprecedented attendance of 542 participants from the states of New York, Kansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri and, of course, Michigan. With an opening ceremony inclusive of ‘cultural dance of the USA’ and special demonstrations of forms and breaking performed by the Tae Park Tae Kwon Do Demonstration team led by Mr. Lemon Williams.
A special tribute and gifting was presented to Grand Master Woon Kyu Uhm. He was accompanied by fellow Grand Master Nam Suk Kim and Grand Master Woo-Yup Yang during this trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Grand Master Woon Kyu Uhm held conferences with Junior Grand Masters, Senior Masters and Master Instructors to share his wisdom and knowledge of this great marital art. His visit was too short and we wish that this great man could have spent more time sharing his insights. We were truly honored by his visit, teachings and presence.
Grand Master Tae Zee Park is pleased to announce the 7 Dan promotion testing for:
Senior Master James Rodgers of Jackson, Michigan
Senior Master Dennis Lewis of Union City, Tennessee
The testing is scheduled for June, 2012 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Grand Master Tae Zee Park has announced that there will be one of his students testing in Seoul Korea for rank of 8 Dan: