2017 Tae Park-WCTKD Tournament Wrapped Up

2017 Annual Tournament and Black Belt testing wrap up.
As another successful year winds down for Tae Park Taekwondo and it’s non-profit W.C.T.K.D. we can reflect on last weekend’s events.

Friday, November 10, 2017
Tae Park Taekwondo held its annual Organization wide black belt testing at the Ford Fieldhouse in Grand Rapids, MI. 84 1st, 2nd and 3rd Dan black belts completed their promotion in rank by doing forms, sparring and breaking as dictated by the rules of W.C.T.K.D. Senior Master Peter May had his first year as host of the event with Ms. Yvette Simon assisting to organize the event. Three rings with invited Master judges judged and scored the test candidates. CONGRATULATIONS!!! Following the test there was an annual Masters meeting for the final prelude to Saturdays competition.

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Registration started at 7:00AM for the over 430 events that were hosted at the event. It was held on Veterans Day and we honored our veterans with reduced admission price as well as a moment of silence. THANK YOU FOR ALL YOU DO VETERANS!! Line-up was completed by 9:00AM and Opening ceremonies which honored Junior Grand Master James Rodgers, for his 15 years as Tournament Director and Senior Master William Golombisky for his years as Black Belt Testing Director. New Masters received their new rank black belts: Master Sheri Benedict 4 Dan, Master John Sanderson 5 Dan, Senior Master Susan Lofquist 6 Dan and Senior Master Robert Klingbeil 6 Dan. A special tribute was given by Grand Master Rick Warren to Grand Master Woon Kyu Uhm who passed away on June 10, 2017 in Seoul Korea. He was an Instructor to Grand Master Tae Zee Park and visted us for our 2011 World Class Tae Park Taekwondo Championships. He will be missed for his deep love and respect of the art of taekwondo and in particular Chung Do Kwan. With over 430 events taking place throughout the day and an intermission that had demonstrations from the Michigan Tournament team as well as special guest Lewis Institute Mid-South demo team. Some of the competition included the Grand Champion and Junior Grand Champion divisions where the entrants garnered points in 3 categories of forms, sparring and breaking. All events concluded by 4:30PM.

Here are some photos from the tournament.

These are general photos. 

These are photos of the demo. 

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These are photos of the sparring competition. 

These are photos of the Breaking Event. 

These are photos of the Grand Champion Event. 

After-party
Master Randy Wrona hosted the after-party at The Bluffs on 28th St. SE. 175 attendees enjoyed excellent food and beverages followed by music provided by Jason Bercuinas.
Next years event is ‘in the works’ with a tentative date of 2-3, 2018!! Venue and additional information to come!!! >ul>Lewis Institute Tae Park 2018 National Seminar & Testing

taking place in Paducah Kentucky in April.

Respectfully submitted,
Senior Master Susan Lofquist
Tae Park TKD-WCTKD National Tournament Director

Posted 11/21/17

2017 Tae Park-WCTKD Tournament

Registration is opening for the November 11, 2017. Also note that registration for breaking closes on 11/4/17 at midnight.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Posted 10/142017

2017 State Games of America

World Class Tae Kwon Do is proud to be the Host for the State Games of America being held in Grand Rapids Michigan on August 3-5, 2017!!
Registration is already underway at:

State Games of America

Posted 6/4/2017

2017 Tae Park-WCTKD Tournament

November 10-11, 2017 are the dates of this years Tae Park-WCTKD tournament in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The organization Black Belt testing will be held on Friday with the National tournament being held on Saturday.

Hope to see you there!
Senior Master Susan Lofquist
National Tae Park-WCTKD Tournament Director

Posted 6/4/2017

Images from the November Tournament

Here are some photos from the tournament.

These are general photos. 

These are photos of breaking. 

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These are photos of the sparring competition. 

Posted 12/16/2016

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

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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.

 

 

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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.”

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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:

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Anthony Guastella

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Rodney Bean

 

 

 

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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!

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A Good Institute Picture

 

 

 

Tae Park Taekwondo World Class Championships:

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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.

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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!

Posted 11/20/2016

World Class Tae Park Taekwondo Championships

Registration:  CLICK HERE

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Details:
  • Date: November 12, 2016
  • Location:
    • Grand Rapids Community College
      Ford Fieldhouse

Tae Park Taekwondo Black Belt Testing

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Details:
  • Date: November 11, 2016
  • Location:
    • Grand Rapids Community College
      Ford Fieldhouse

 

Posted 07/31/2016

Tournament
Meijer State Games of Michigan
Summer Games 2016

State Game Rules 2016: CLICK HERE

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Details:
  • Date: June 25, 2016
  • Location:
    • Cornerstone University
      1001 East Beltline NE
      Grand Rapids, MI  49525
  • Tournament Director:
    • Junior Grand Master James Rodgers – Email:  sipjim319@gmail.com
    • Master Patricia Ramos – Email: patriciaramos724@yahoo.com
  • Rules:
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Sponsored by Jeff Grover ~ President of Biomet


Referee Training

In preparation for the upcoming 2016 State Games of Michigan, Master Harshbarger and I would like to communicate a few of the scheduled referee training opportunities.

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For Central and Eastern MI Institutes:
  • Date: May 7th, 2016
  • Time: 2:00p-4:00p
  • Location: Tae Park TKD Central Studio – Jackson Y-Center 127 W. Wesley St. Jackson, MI 49201

 

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For Northern and Western MI Institutes:
  • Date: June 4th, 2016
  • Time: 1:00p-3:00p
  • Location: Orchard Hill Reformed Church 1465 3 Mile Rd. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49544 (Please note that there is a $2 cost that needs to be paid to Orchard Hill Church for the room rental. Less depending on the number of people that show up. Please pay Mr. or Mrs. Benchich the day of the training.)

 

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For Tennessee and Kentucky Institutes
  • Date: July 23rd, 2016
  • Time: TBD by JGM Lewis
  • Location: Tiptonville, TN

 

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Referee Training Agenda:
  • Review current rules for the 2016 State Games of MI (Traditional & Grand Champion) *2016 World Class Taekwondo Tournament rules for Tennessee seminar only* (Revised for 2016)
  • Review and practice proper WTF hand commands for form, breaking, basic kicking referees
  • Review and practice proper WTF hand commands for sparring referees. Includes: starting, breaking, continuing and stopping a match. How to issue penalties and award and announce match winners.
  • Review and practice proper corner judging
  • Review and practice how to complete a tournament bracket (New this session)
  • Review and practice how to operate the electronic system (Ringmaster system if available)
In addition, this will be the first year for the issuance of certificates after the training. These will be used to denote your certification level for future refereeing assignments.
These referee trainings will serve as a refresher to all of our current referees and as a development opportunity for future referees. Continuous training is needed for us to maintain a safe and well run event. This training will also help us work to be more consistent across all of the rings.
This training will be state games specific except for the TN training.
This is a great opportunity for us to ask questions and ensure we are all uniform when it comes to our events!
Thanks and I hope to see you all there.
Master Lemon Williams II
Tae Park Taekwondo

Posted 05/01/2016