South Hills Karate Academy

South Hills Karate Academy

Independent Tang Soo Do Association's 4th Dan Classing Examination

Dear Students, Parents and Friends,

The official announcement can be found here

As Co-Founder of the Independent Tang Soo Do Association and head instructor of South Hills Karate Academy, I am happy to announce the results of the 4th Dan Classing Examination that took place on July 27th and 29th, 2012. The Independent Tang Soo Do Association's Dan Classing Examination is an event that I am particularly proud of and I am sure that all who participated in this year's event are as well.

The Association's Dan Testing is an extensive two day process where our Yu Dan Ja (Black Belt holders) and candidates get together over two days. We train together, learn new material, fight against each other and drill in techniques over four to five hours on day one. On day two, over another 5 hour period, we have our Yu Dan Ja and Candidates present their requirements and demonstrate required technique, hyung, sparring and breaking. The process also includes submitting two written essays on rank specific material.

Please join me in congratulating the following Cho Dan Candidates on achieving Yu Dan Ja rank in Tang Soo Do:

Yu Dan Ja Dan # Rank
Mrs. Gail Freynik USA 12-01 Cho Dan
Mr. Kevin Fedorchak USA 12-02 Cho Dan
Mr. Casey Fedorchak USA 12-03 Cho Dan
Mr. Marin Marina USA 12-04 Cho Dan
Mr. Dario Marina USA 12-05 Cho Dan
Ms. Adriana Marina USA 12-06 Cho Dan
Mr. Perry Sisley USA 12-07 Cho Dan
Mr. Cody Potts USA 12-08 Cho Dan
Mr. Chris Marini USA 12-09 Cho Dan

Please join me in congratulating the following Yu Dan Ja on achieving their next full Dan ranking in Tang Soo Do:

Yu Dan Ja Dan # Rank
Mrs. Christine Wilson ITF36073 Sam Dan
Mr. Charles Durney USA 07-04 Sam Dan
Mr. Eric Garbowsky USA 09-03 Ee Dan
Mrs. Karen Garbowsky USA 09-04 Ee Dan
Mr. Dylan Pruni USA 09-06 Ee Dan
Mr. Denny Pruni USA 09-07 Ee Dan
Mr. Brian Maxwell USA 09-08 Ee Dan
Mr. David Hafer USA 09-10 Ee Dan
Mr. Jeff Weir USA 09-12 Ee Dan
Mr. Dan Wilson USA 09-14 Ee Dan

Please join me in congratulating the following Yu Dan Ja on achieving their next Dan recertification ranking:

Yu Dan Ja Dan # Rank
Mr. Steve Harroun USA 11-05 Cho Dan #2
Mr. Sumanyu Gupta USA 11-06 Cho Dan #2
Mr. Ritwik Gupta USA 11-07 Cho Dan #2
Ms. MaryCayte Reiland USA 11-08 Cho Dan #2

Our 4th Dan Classing Examination also saw three Yu Dan Ja test for Kyo Sa Nim, our Certified Tang Soo Do Instructor. This testing process, included additional material, including teaching a unique concept or technique to their peer group.

Please join me in congratulating the following Yu Dan Ja on achieving Kyo Sa Nim ranking in Tang Soo Do:

Kyo Sa Nim Sumanyu Gupta
Kyo Sa Nim Ritwik Gupta
Kyo Sa Nim MaryCayte Reiland

A complete write up on the event can found on the Tang Soo Do World website at: Independent Tang Soo Do Association's 4th Dan Classing Examination

I am also happy to announce that in order to properly recognize everyone's achievements and accomplishments, we will awarded promotions at our 2012 Open Tang Soo Do Championships. Promotions will be given out during the Opening Ceremony at this year's championships. The opening ceremony is scheduled to begin at 9:30AM on Saturday, September 22nd. Additional details will follow!

Again, it is with extreme enthusiasm that I present to you our new Yu Dan Ja and those Yu Dan Ja who have achieved their next ranking in the martial art known as Tang Soo Do.

Master Gene Garbowsky