2018 Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Foundation
Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Foundation held its
first ever Leadership Event in Camden, Alabama on
Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Camden School of Arts &
Technology. The event was coordinated by the
Foundation and the Edmundite Missions. Grandmaster
John St. James traveled from Atlanta, Georgia to
greet the participants. Additionally, traveling was
the team of Masters: SBN David Watson-Jones, SBN
Allister Akong, and SBN Laura Lee Sandberg with Mrs.
Jean Ann and Samantha Watson-Jones and Jesus Ramos
from Atlanta. From Florida were Bu Sabom Brad and
Jennifer Walston and 2nd degree David Walston.
Master SBN Chris Watson came from Wetumpka, Alabama.
Master Sister Kathy Navarra is the local instructor.
The event drew 38 children aged between 7 and 16
from Selma, Vrendenberg and the local Camden area.
The program focused on using communication, goal
setting, teamwork, courage and perseverance to help
attendees reach their goals.
Grandmaster St. James began the program with stories
of goal setting. "Goals we set are goals we get." He
taught STAR "Success Through Accepting
Responsibility", and DIA: "Decide In Advance".
The morning included sharing goals and finding ways
to meet and greet strangers. Each discussion was
followed by games to reinforce the topic; relay
races, balancing challenges and teamwork activities
to demonstrate "Together Everyone Achieves More".
A discussion on courage and perseverance was
followed with kicking and punching on targets.
Simple but effective self-defense was taught
including grabs from wrist, collar and head locks.
We finished the day with each participant "breaking
through barriers" by breaking wood (do not try this
at home). Finally, we saw an impressive
demonstration by the masters of breaking multiple
boards by hand and foot techniques signifying "If
you think you can, or think you can't, either way
you are right."
participants received notebooks, t-shirts and
posters as a reminder of the lessons learned. The
Edmundite Missions provided 60 lunches to all
A big thanks goes to our local support staff that
included Michelle Hasselvander, Mr. and Mrs. Prince
Arnold, Ethel Salter, Monica Williams, Winston
Williams, Bruce Brown and Ta'Ronce Roland. Special
thanks to Dr. Saulsberry for the use of Camden
School of Arts & Technology.
The Atlantic Pacific Tang Soo Do Foundation is a
501c3 organization providing education, awareness
and funding related to the martial arts of Tang Soo
Do. Services are designed specifically for at-risk
youth, teens, individuals with special needs and the
elderly. Sister Kathy Navarra teaches under the
auspices of the Foundation in Vredenburgh, Vtown
Family Karate and in Camden at the Community Center.
To end on a personal note, as a Sister of St. Joseph
I have the privilege of working with both the
Edmundite Missions and the APTSD Foundation. People
who walk their talk. People who live the Moo Do
Spirit of putting forth their time, talent and
energy to help others toward a better way of life.
These people are genuinely good and generous. In the
midst of our poverty, divisions and injustices,
these groups bring hope and joy into my life and all
those they touch. I cannot thank them enough for
coming to Camden, Alabama and sharing with our
children. Blessings and Tang Soo!