Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Federation
2016 Southeastern Regional Black Belt Camp &
by Master Deborah Jett, 6th Dan
sit down to write this article about another great
black belt camp, I am reminded of the many great
times we have had at Black Belt Camp. This year was
no different and in fact might have been the best we
have ever had. Not only was the weather picture
perfect and yet the filling of family and
brotherhood was palpable.
We were at camp ASCAA in Jacksons Gap again this
year. It is such a great facility. With the lake and
the beautiful surroundings, you really feel like
this place is the whole world for a couple of days.
Camp started with the Instructor Training Symposium
(ITS) early Friday morning. Grandmaster John St.
James brought together over 50 Master instructors,
school owners, instructors and trainees from all
over the Southeast for what I believe was our best
ITS ever. The Grandmaster personally taught most of
the ITS himself and demonstrated firsthand how
teaching is an art all unto itself.
afternoon, the other campers started arriving.
Friday night was their were great classes for
non-testing students and there was a large and very
spirited black belt test. There were well over 50
people on the floor from Cho Dan Bo to 3rd
degree black belt candidates. All the candidates
showed their great Tang Soo spirit. The test ended a
few hours later with Kwan Jang Nim awarding the best
of test trophies. The winners of the trophies were
from Family Martial Arts Academy in Fayetteville,
North Carolina and Karate World of North Georgia.
The adult winner was Miranda Teixeira and for the
children the winner was Cooper Joy.
started early on Saturday morning. There were
classes throughout the day on self defense, forms,
weapons, sparring, stretching and many other
skills. There was great presentation on Saturday
night by Master Laura Lee Sandberg about Moo Do
We finished a very full day with an evening of fun.
The adults celebrated with the annual campfire and
the teens had their party in the game room and the
kids got together for a movie. It was a great time
to visit and catch up with old friends. There was
also a school owners and leadership business meeting
earlier in the day.
Sunday we had a few
more morning sessions and then finished up with Kwan
Jang Nim's traditional class to the drum.
Seeing everyone move in unison with only the sound
of the drum is beautiful. With such a large group
this year it was a sight to behold.
final event was the graduation ceremony. After all
the excitement, it was time to pack up and say
goodbye. Another great camp!