Tang Soo Do Association
Master Hiram J. Hodge
Global Tang Soo Do Association
Tang Soo Do Association's 2017 Championship
Tournament was held October 7th, 2017, hosted by
Association President Kwan Jang Nim Tong Hwan Kim.
This annual event brings competitors from across the
country and from around the world for a day of
This year, all proceeds from the tournament, along
with proceeds from T-shirt sales, were donated to a
Tang Soo Do family studio in Puerto Rico. This
family is currently waiting to have power restored,
which will not happen until January of next year at
the earliest. Global is also supporting the orphans
and widows of Guatemala and the Philippines. Kwan
Jang Nim Tong Hwan Kim announced the total raised
for Puerto Rico was $1,295, and $1,500 were raised
to help the widows and orphans in Guatemala and the
Categories for competition for this year included
forms and sparring, with competition available to
three divisions, Kids, Teens and Adults, and Black
Belts. The Kids Division kicked off the tournament,
with the youth never failing to excite family,
friends, judges, and masters. The pure joy the youth
brought to this event was simply infectious.
The second half of the competition was dedicated to
the teens and adults, where the competition came
alive. The spectators and judges alike witnessed
what could only be referred to as non-stop action.
The multiple ranks and ages of this division made
for a diverse and well-rounded group. As the day
progressed and wins started to total up, the medals
were presented to the cheers and applause of the
Finally, the black belt competition began, and
expectations were high. As Kwan Jang Nim Kim watched
on with an ever-vigilant eye, the black belts
battled it out through both forms and sparring.
Gold, silver, and bronze medals were awarded, points
added up, the finally tally was calculated, and the
Grand Champions belts were presented by Grand Master
Kim personally to each top competitor.
weekend storms in the greater Atlanta area kept some
competitors from attending this year's events, but
fortunately the storms held off until the following
day, Sunday, October 8th. The raging rains and high
winds served as a reminder of the hurricanes that
devastated Puerto Rico, making this year's event
even more special to us all. To be a true student of
the art of Tang Soo Do, one must understand that we
are part of a larger family. Grand Master Tong Hwan
Kim has once again taught the lesson by setting the
example through his actions. What a great honor to
be a part of this year's event, knowing that Global
Tang Soo Do Association will be assisting those in
Puerto Rico, Guatemala, and Philippines.
Have a blessed and wonderful 2018. We look forward
to seeing you all at the 2018 Championship.