Update to Training Location

UPDATE: We are returning to Comanche Chapel for all future training. The Advisor’s Den will not be able to support our program due to mission requirements.

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Soar TSD Training 20/23 May

karate-fullHere we go again, my friends and training partners. I hope you are rested and well practiced from our break last week. It’s time to get back it. Our focus this week will be in forms and applications therefrom. We will practice all the Sae Kye Hyungs and Pyung Ahn Cho Dan; applications will come from Pyung Ahn Cho Dan.

UPDATE (21 May 19): We are returning to Comanche Chapel for all future training. The Advisor’s Den will not be able to support our program due to mission requirements.

NEW LOCATION: We will be meeting at our new location beginning this week. Same building as the Domino’s Pizza.
Advisor’s Den , 87030 Old Ironsides Ave, Bldg 87030 Fort Hood, TX 76544

Additionally, there are several of you who were not able to be present for the Belt Test that I will present you your promotion certificate and belt. Also, I will need to get several signatures from student and parents so I may submit forms to WTSDA headquarters.

Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do (1–14)

1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
image0012. Serious Approach.
3. All out effort.
4. Maintain regular and constant practice.
5. Practice basic techniques all the time.
6. Regularly spaced practice sessions.
7. Always listen to and follow the directions of instructors or seniors.
8. Do not be overly ambitious.
9. Frequently inspect your own achievements.
10. Always follow a routine and training schedule.
11. Repeatedly practice all techniques already learned.
12. When you learn new techniques, learn thoroughly the theory and philosophy as well.

Meditation for the Week

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Respect and Obedience* – Obedience can be a difficult obligation, still there is great respect and humility in obedience. These are the virtues we are called to demonstrate to the world around us. The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews said, “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you” (Hebrews 13:17). Obedience has a double blessing. First, you make it easier for your leader, parent, teacher, etc. to accomplish his/her requirements. Second, because it is easier for that leader, he/she is more willing to work harder for you and be a greater benefit to you. We should always be praying that our leaders (parents, teachers, commanders) would grow in strength and wisdom, so that they can lead with competence and we can be led well. Finally, Edwin Cole, founder of the Christian Men’s Network, succinctly said it this way, “Obedience is an act of faith; disobedience is the result of unbelief.” Be people of faith. Trust in God that He has placed those in authority over us. Obedience is an act of faith and worship before God almighty. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

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Soar TSD Training 13/16 May

Image result for karate basicsBecause of a field exercise this week, we will not have have class this week (13/16 May). However, I want you all to continue to practice your basic kicks, punches, blocks, one-steps and forms this week. I will be adding to your knowledge next week. Pay close attention to attitude requirements numbers 9, 11, & 12. Our next class will be 20 May. 

Belt Test this Past Weekend

IMG_1003.jpegMaster Bailey said, “Your students were awesome and made you proud.”
He is not wrong. All those who tested this weekend made me extremely proud.
It was such a joy to “show you off” to other instructors who haven’t seen you before. Thank you for all your hard work. I have loaded the photos to Facebook.
If you have more photos/videos, I would love to have a copy of them.

Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do (1–14)

1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
image0012. Serious Approach.
3. All out effort.
4. Maintain regular and constant practice.
5. Practice basic techniques all the time.
6. Regularly spaced practice sessions.
7. Always listen to and follow the directions of instructors or seniors.
8. Do not be overly ambitious.
9. Frequently inspect your own achievements.
10. Always follow a routine and training schedule.
11. Repeatedly practice all techniques already learned.
12. When you learn new techniques, learn thoroughly the theory and philosophy as well.

Meditation for the Week

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Respect and Obedience* – Obedience can be a difficult obligation, still there is great respect and humility in obedience. These are the virtues we are called to demonstrate to the world around us. The writer of the New Testament book of Hebrews said, “Have confidence in your leaders and submit to their authority, because they keep watch over you as those who must give an account. Do this so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no benefit to you” (Hebrews 13:17). Obedience has a double blessing. First, you make it easier for your leader, parent, teacher, etc. to accomplish his/her requirements. Second, because it is easier for that leader, he/she is more willing to work harder for you and be a greater benefit to you. We should always be praying that our leaders (parents, teachers, commanders) would grow in strength and wisdom, so that they can lead with competence and we can be led well. Finally, Edwin Cole, founder of the Christian Men’s Network, succinctly said it this way, “Obedience is an act of faith; disobedience is the result of unbelief.” Be people of faith. Trust in God that He has placed those in authority over us. Obedience is an act of faith and worship before God almighty. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

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Soar TSD Training, week of 6 May

This Week’s Training

v-step.jpgThe Belt Test is this week! – Saturday, 11 May. Written tests will be taken on Monday. We will focus on testing material first, and if time permits, we will continue some of the zoning exercises.

SOAR TSD Belt Test Information

– Soar TSD Belt Test – Fort Hood, TX Google Address Link
Adisor's Den Location.png. The test will be held at our new location in the 3SFAB Advisor’s Den at the corner of Warrior Way and Martin Dr. Be sure to wear your uniform with all your patches. The 11 May Belt Test will be our first event at this location. After the Belt Test, we will continue our normal schedule at this new location.
.  We will likely have guest visitors from Fire Dragon Karate (Cedar Park, TX). I extend an early welcome to Master Jimmy Bailey and our fellow Tang Soo Do practitioners.

11 May: Test Day Schedule
.  09:00-10:00
: Setup
.  10:15-10:15: Testers and Families Arrive
.  10:20-10:30: Announcements and Opening Ceremony
.  10:30-11:00: Little Dragons Test
.  11:00-11:15: Break
.  11:15-12:00: Youth and Adult Test
.  12:00-UTC: Reception

Testing Fee
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  Adult class (10 years to Adult): the testing fee is $25.00 due on Monday, 6 May, in cash, check, or debit card.

Reception
.  If parents would like to bring snacks and refreshments to share after the belt test, please let me know so that we may coordinate. I would like for someone to volunteer to take the lead on organizing the refreshments allowing me to concentrate on several other things. 🙂

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Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do (1–14)

1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
image0012. Serious Approach.
3. All out effort.
4. Maintain regular and constant practice.
5. Practice basic techniques all the time.
6. Regularly spaced practice sessions.
7. Always listen to and follow the directions of instructors or seniors.
8. Do not be overly ambitious.
9. Frequently inspect your own achievements.
10. Always follow a routine and training schedule.
11. Repeatedly practice all techniques already learned.

Meditation for the Week

Respect* and Obedience – Jesus said, “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12). This verse is more widely known as the Golden Rule. Respect is a virtue celebrated in every culture; it is often placed alongside Honor. William Lyon Phelps illustrated  respect in this manner, “This is the final test of a gentleman; his respect for those who can be of no possible service to him.” Being a person of respect is your responsibility and not the responsibility of the person you are showing respect to.

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May 2 Class Canceled

Sorry folks, but I not feeling great today. I will have to cancel tonight’s training.

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Soar TSD Training 29Apr/2May

This Week’s Training

v-step.jpgThe Belt Test is fast approaching – 11 May. I will have the written tests available for any to take on Monday and/or Thursday. For all others, I want to focus on the Partner Sparring Focus Drill and sparring zoning exercises.  Regarding the test, if you are unsure on anything, please ask.

Upcoming Events

– 4 May: Karate Master’s Invitational Tournament in Spring, TX. Please follow the link for more information and registration. Has anyone else registered?
– Soar TSD Belt Test – Fort Hood, TX
.  29Apr/2 May: Soar TSD Written Test for adult class only
.  11 May: Physical Test (10:30-12:00)
Adisor's Den Location.png. The test will be held at our new location in the 3SFAB Advisor’s Den at the corner of Warrior Way and Martin Dr. The 11 May Belt Test will be our first event at this location. After the Belt Test, we will continue our normal schedule at this new location.
. If parents would like to bring snacks and refreshments to share after the belt test, please let me know so that we may coordinate. I would like for someone to volunteer to take the lead on organizing the refreshments allowing me to concentrate on several other things. 🙂
.  Little Dragons Class (5-10 years): there is no testing fee as rank from this age group does not transfer to other clubs/studios.
.  Adult class (10 years to Adult): the testing fee is $25.00 due on Monday, 6 May, in cash, check, or debit card.

Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do (1–14)

1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
image0012. Serious Approach.
3. All out effort.
4. Maintain regular and constant practice.
5. Practice basic techniques all the time.
6. Regularly spaced practice sessions.
7. Always listen to and follow the directions of instructors or seniors.
8. Do not be overly ambitious.
9. Frequently inspect your own achievements.
10. Always follow a routine and training schedule.

Meditation for the Week

7 fall 8 get up

Fall seven times, Get up eight.

Perseverance – Perseverance means we don’t give up. We don’t stop. We keep placing one foot in front of another. We finish the race laid before us. We continue the journey … even when you face the difficult and seemingly insurmountable challenges. The Bible tells us to “not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9). Henri Nouwen observed, “in the middle of the pain there is some hidden gift. I, more and more in my life, have discovered that the gifts of life are often hidden in the places that hurt most” (Henri Nouwen and Soul Care by Wil Hernandez). Perseverance finds its greatest effect in the crucibles of life when God allows and perhaps organizes such challenges to refine, shape, and polish us for His glory. Persevere! And remember the promise found in James 1:25, “the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.”

 

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Soar TSD Training 22/25 Apr

This Week’s Training

We will continue to work on the belt test for 11 May, so please take a look at your testing requirements. If you are unsure on anything, ask the questions.
.  Adult Class Only: Please bring your bo staff. 

Upcoming Events

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Three opportunities are approaching in the near future:
– 4 May: Karate Master’s Invitational Tournament in Spring, TX. Please follow the link for more information and registration.
– Soar TSD Belt Test – Fort Hood, TX
.  2 May: Soar TSD Written Test for adult class only
.  11 May: Physical Test (10:30-12:00)
.  I have sent and email to each family I believe are/will be ready to test. If you did not receive something from me and believe you should’ve, please contact me. As this is a formal World Tang Soo Do Association event, a uniform is required for testing. A TSD Uniform is $36.00. If this becomes a financial hardship, please let me know. We have options.
.  Little Dragons Class (5-10 years), there is no testing fee as rank from this age group does not transfer to other clubs/studios.
.  Adult class (10 years to Adult), the testing fee is $25.00 due on 9 May in cash, check, or debit card.

Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do (1 – 14)

1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
image0012. Serious Approach.
3. All out effort.
4. Maintain regular and constant practice.
5. Practice basic techniques all the time.
6. Regularly spaced practice sessions.
7. Always listen to and follow the directions of instructors or seniors.
8. Do not be overly ambitious.
9. Frequently inspect your own achievements.

Meditation for the Week

Concentration is a lot of attention, thought, and focus directed to an activity or subject. This week’s meditation is concentration. In Tang Soo Do, it takes a great deal of concentration WC_2ndFeat_Nov15.pngor focus to practice consistently, to try your best on every technique, and to receive correction. To be an expert in Tang Soo Do, you have to be able to concentrate keeping constant awareness of every tiny muscle in your body.
.  The godly life also takes consistent concentration so that your life will glorify God. Deuteronomy 6 tells us how we practice this type of concentration.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (Deuteronomy 6:4–7)

 

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Soar TSD Training 15/18 Apr

This Week’s Training

tang-so-do-oneThe concentration of the week will center on the belt test for 11 May, so please take a look at your testing requirements. If you are unsure on anything, ask the questions.

.  Adult Class Only: Please bring your bo staff. I want to add the first turn to Bong Hyung Il Bu. I really plane to accomplish this turn this week. 🙂 

Upcoming Events

Three opportunities are approaching in the near future:
– 4 May: Karate Master’s Invitational Tournament in Spring, TX. Please follow the link for more information and registration. The first deadline is 19 Apr.
– Soar TSD Belt Test – Fort Hood, TX
2 May: Soar TSD Written Test for adult class only
11 May: Physical Test (10:30-12:00)
.  I have sent and email to each family I believe are/will be ready to test. If you did not receive something from me and believe you should’ve, please contact me. As this is a formal World Tang Soo Do Association event, a uniform is required for testing. A TSD Uniform is $36.00. If this becomes a financial hardship, please let me know. We have options.
.  Little Dragons Class (5-10 years), there is no testing fee as rank from this age group does not transfer to other clubs/studios.
.  Adult class (10 years to Adult), the testing fee is $25.00 due on 9 May in cash, check, or debit card.

Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do (1 – 14)

1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
image0012. Serious Approach.
3. All out effort.
4. Maintain regular and constant practice.
5. Practice basic techniques all the time.
6. Regularly spaced practice sessions.
7. Always listen to and follow the directions of instructors or seniors.
8. Do not be overly ambitious.

Meditation for the Week

integrity-quote-e1530562911443-680x380.pngIntegrity – Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked (Proverbs 13:6).  The Greek words aletheia and alethes are translated as “integrity” in the New Testament and mean “truth or the state of being true.” Jesus is referred to as a man of integrity because He lived wholly in accordance with God’s complete truth. In Mark 12:14, the Gospel writer records,  “They came to him and said, ‘Teacher, we know you are a man of integrity. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are; but you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.’”
A person of moral integrity is the same in the dark as in the light
— not double-minded with contradictory thoughts, words and actions.
— not pretending to have virtues or qualities that are really not present in the heart (hypocrisy) (Matthew 23:28)
— not focusing on temporal gain but on growing in godly character (Psalm 15)
A person of moral integrity is one who …
— does what is righteous speaking the truth in love
— does not falsely accuse another or harm a neighbor
— does not gossip, but keeps his or her word
— despises evil men and honors those who love the Lord
.  To have moral integrity is to be undivided and consistent in your mind, will, and emotions regarding what is right and wrong. To be consistent though, you, must align yourself to the unwavering character of God.

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2019 Karate Masters Annual Invitational Tournament

May 4th, 2019: Registration Link

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Tang Soo!

Dear Martial Arts Friends and Family:
Please join us in celebrating our
16th Annual Invitational Tournament
Saturday, May 4th, 2019.

Tiny Tiger and Little Dragon division
Invitational opening ceremonies/demonstrations
3 person Team Forms, Non-Traditional “Creative” Weapons, and Breaking
Youth and Adult Gup (color belt) Traditional divisions
Black Belt Traditional divisions

 

Remember to apply ON TIME! Register by the 1st Deadline – and you’ll be entered into the drawing for a PRIZE! Looking forward to seeing each and every one of you in the Spring (area), TX!!

IMG_5044Entry Fees and Deadline Registration Link
by April 19th:
Gup and Dan: $55.00
Tiny Tigers and Little Dragons: $35.00
After April 26th:
Gup/Dan: $65.00
Tiny Tigers and Little Dragons: $45.00

No T-shirt orders after April 19th deadline

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(Additional $5.00 charge per ‘non-traditional’ division – 3 person Team Forms, Non-Traditional “Creative” Weapons and Breaking – Must have at least 3 in these divisions for them to run – You must provide your own breaking materials for the breaking divisions)
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Please make arrangements to stay throughout the competition to cheer all competitors on. Lunch will be available to purchase during the day or you can PRE-ORDER Chick-Fil-A.

Set up team must arrive by 7:30 am. Doors officially open at 8:45 am with a judges meeting at 8:45 am. Competition begins at 9 am, starting with the Tiny Tiger and Little Dragon division followed by invitational opening ceremonies/demonstrations.

IMG_5043The order of competition will be:

  • Tigers and Dragons
  • Opening Ceremonies/Demonstrations
  • Gup divisions
  • Black Belt Divisions
  • Closing Ceremonies and Grand Champion Awards
  • NEW Custom Medals!!!
  • There will be a staging area near the rings.
  • Awards will be presented in the rings.
  • All Tiny Tigers and Little Dragons will receive an award.
  • Please make arrangements to stay and have fun at this event packed full of excitement.

We’re requesting that the Black Belts and Cho Dan Bos volunteer to judge and score keep. Please register via a separate link. This will assist in making ring assignments in advanced and keep the tournament running smoothly.

Please join us for another Fantastic Invitational!!!

TANG SOO!
~ Senior Master Allen Sharpe & Master Giselle Sharpe ~

Event Date, May 4, 2019
Tournament will be in The Woodlands/Conroe or Spring. The Location is TBD (we’re just verifying logistics).

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Soar TSD Training 8/11 Apr

This Week’s Training

5f3b00_6a22acc3ffde1333cf22a3be403c1cef.jpg_512Warriors: Our concentration will revolve around the Belt test on 11 May, so please take a look at your testing requirements. If you are unsure on anything, ask the questions.
.  Adult Class Only: Please bring your bo staff. I want to add the first turn to Bong Hyung Il Bu.

Upcoming Events

Three opportunities are approaching in the near future:
– 4 May: Karate Master’s Invitational Tournament in Spring, TX. No details yet. I believe Master Sharpe said he should have the details ready by this week.
– Soar TSD Belt Test – Fort Hood, TX
2 May
: Soar TSD Written Test for adult class only
11 May: Physical Test (10:30-12:00)
.  I have sent and email to each family I believe are/will be ready to test. If you did not receive something from me and believe you should’ve, please contact me. As this is a formal World Tang Soo Do Association event, a uniform is required for testing. A TSD Uniform is $36.00. If this becomes a financial hardship, please let me know. We have options. 
.  Little Dragons Class (5-10 years), there is no testing fee as rank from this age group does not transfer to other clubs/studios.
.  Adult class (10 years to Adult), the testing fee is $25.00 due on 9 May in cash, check, or debit card.

Attitude Requirements to Master Tang Soo Do (1 – 14)

image001.png1. Purpose of training should be the enhancement of mental and physical betterment.
2. Serious Approach.
3. All out effort.
4. Maintain regular and constant practice.
5. Practice basic techniques all the time.
6. Regularly spaced practice sessions.
7. Always listen to and follow the directions of instructors or seniors.

Meditation for the Week

In fighting choose with sense and honor – Remember last week’s meditation? I talked about battle. What is the difference between “battle” and “fighting”? A Battle is a confrontation you did not agree to; it’s non-consensual, or something you would prefer not to engage. A “fight” is a consensual conflict like sparring or debate. The challenge is to maintain your self-control, humility, and respect during the “fight” – that’s fighting with sense and honor. As Paul instructed Timothy, “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses” (1 Timothy 6:12). You should be proud of your actions and reactions after the fact. Paul continued his exhortation to Timothy by saying, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). Paul was content with the manner in which he lived, and at those points he was not, Paul rested in the Grace of Christ. There is a large bit of overlap between our fourth and fifth codes of Tang Soo Do, still I want you to understand the differences. Each of you will be forced into a variety of conflicts, either battles or fights, therefore you must decide now and practice how you will respond and engage. You will do without think that which you practice. 

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