November Events wrap up 2016 with a resounding ‘Yes we can’!
MASTERS TEST: Friday afternoon, November 11, the Marriott Courtyard in Grand Rapids, MI USA was the site of the Masters level testing where three candidates testing to the levels of 5 and 6 Dan gathered. Guest judges included Grand Master Jong Dai Moon of Cleveland, Ohio; Master Chung Soo Han from New Jersey, New Jersey; Grand Master Nam Suk Kim of Los Angles, California and observing was Grand Master Sung Chun Hong from Manila, Philippines. Also in attendance at the testing was Junior Grand Master James Rodgers, Junior Grand Master Lynn Bernard of Pinedale, Wyoming and Grand Master Richard Warren of Glenview Illinois
Pictured left to right: Grand Master Tae Zee Park, Master Chung Soo Han, Junior Grand Master Mark D. Good, Grand Master Nam Suk Kim, Grand Master Sung Chun Hong and Grand Master Jong Dai Moon.
Pictured left to right back row: Master John Sanderson, Master Susan Lofquist, Master Robert Klingbeil
Front row left to right: Grand Master Richard Warren, Grand Master Jong Dai Moon, Grand Master Nam Suk Kim, Master Chung Soo Han, observer Grand Master Sung Chun Hong and Junior Grand Master Lynn Bernard
BLACK BELT TESTING: Grand Rapids Community College/Ford Fieldhouse was the venue for the Tae Park Taekwondo Black Belt Ceremony with Director, Senior Master William Golombisky and volunteers from Tae Park Taekwondo officiating at this the second half of their Black Belt testing for the varying levels of 1 Dan to 3 Dan. Thirty seven students tested for 1 Dan, thirteen for 2 Dan and four for 3 Dan. As part of the belting ceremony, Grand Master Richard Warren led all the candidates in reciting the ‘Black Belt Oath’. After the ceremony Grand Master Warren said, “I’m very happy and for all the students who successfully tested today. They made their instructor’s proud. Today’s belting ceremony recognized their great effort and achievement. The Master Instructor tying the new belt on their student for the first time symbolizes this combined student-Instructor accomplishment.”
A Master Instructor meeting was held following the ceremony to complete preparations for the next days event.
Saturday, November 12 was the day of the ‘Tae Park Taekwondo World Class Championships’! The day started with a lineup of more than 461 competitors who welcomed the special guests and honored our New Master Instructors:
Immediately following was a special Tribute to Junior Grand Master Mark D. Good who has been a practicing member of Tae Park Taekwondo who has been teaching taekwondo for over 40 years!
A Good Institute Picture
Tae Park Taekwondo World Class Championships:
At 10:00 AM the events of Black Belt forms, Board Breaking and Basic Kicking were kicked off with competition for Grand Champion and Junior Grand Champion (male/female) centering for optimal viewing. The half-time program was conducted by Good Institute student, Master Randy Wrona, and showcased several members of Good Institute for the spectators.
The afternoon was kicked off with the ‘finals’ for Grand Champion/Junior Grand Champions sparring. There was a very exciting display of some of the best of the best within the Tae Park organization. The crowd was appreciative and enjoyed the awarding to the winners: Mr. Sam Decker (GC), Ms. Elle Bennett (JGC) and Mr. Zachary Van Dyke (JGC). The competition for color belts was started with white belts and continued to the conclusion of the event at 5:00 PM.
The Bluffs was the location for the After-Party with Hosts-Master and Mrs. Randy Wrona and over 200 attendees who dined on excellent food and danced the night away to DJ Jason Berciunas music.
COMING EVENTS FOR 2017:
April 7-8, 2017 is the Tae Park Seminar hosted by Lewis Institute of Tae Park Mid-South TKD Association in Paducah, KY!
June 10 is the State Games of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN hosted by WCTKD and staffed with the leadership of Lewis Institute of Tae Park Mid-South TKD Association.
August 3, 2017 is the Kick-off of the State Games of America-Nationals to be held in Grand Rapids Michigan and WCTKD will be the host organization for the Taekwondo event.
We are very appreciative of our special guests, competitors and families who work together to make this event the very best of what we offer taekwondo.
Next years ‘Tae Park Taekwondo World Class Championships’ event is tentatively scheduled for November 11, 2017!