Reminder Banquet is on the 6th of Dec, Friday at Mi Tierra’s Restaurant & Bakery on 218 Produce Lane, downtown Market Square. Again, I beg with you to come in early as the traffic is horrendous that time of night and San Antonio isn’t getting any smaller. We are in the back room again, We start Promptly at 5:pm, so TKA Blackbelt Council if you could come a little bit earlier it would be appreciated to brief you all and to present for photo opportunities. You can always hang out in the bar or even outside in Market Sq, there is always something going on. We are Christmas themed, Texas Casual so you all can be comfortable. Please invite your family and friends the more the merrier. Shihan Sandy Larwood is also giving away prizes for the top three winners with most Christmas spirit in the way of clothing.
The next day, 7 Dec sharply at 0900 am we start the testing/conference on the 10th floor of the Holiday Inn Express Airport Location, full uniform or get as close as you can. I understand sometimes people can’t fulfill the entire day so I would rather have you present for a little then not at all. Obviously people testing can’t use that excuse, haha. We will have snacks, drinks, and pizza for lunch so you won’t starve and if you are smart you will have an early breakfast that the hotel provides for free. There should be a water/coffee station up in the testing room as well.
Hotel rate for TKA should be $96. Please call the hotel directly and ask for those reservations. Don’t let them quote you anything else but again, speed is of essence. I’ve even had folks that live in town get the room the nite before the conference so logistically you are where you need to be prior to testing with no excuses.
Hotel number is (210 308-6700
Your Testing Examiner is GM Gabriel Green, your Testing Proctors are: Sr. Master’s Lowell Lyle and Mike Jones.
Blackbelts on docket to test so far on Saturday’s calendar are:
- Master Juan Vasquez Sr. to 7th GrandMaster (Chil-Dan)
- Master Dan Walthers to 6th Deg (Yuk-Dan) Sr. Master
- Master Shannon Ramsey to 5th Deg (Oh-Dan)
- Master Stephanie DeLoach to 5th Deg (Oh-Dan)
- GM Rene Garza to 2nd Deg (Ea-Dan) TSD
- Shihan Sandy Larwood to 2nd Deg (Ea-Dan) TSD
- Master Brad Bezoni to 2nd Deg (Ea-Dan) TSD
With Chodan Silvia Volkmann as your primary logistics/admin person and Master Jose Ramirez II as your Project Manager for both events.
Shihan Sandy Larwood and Rob Larwood will help set up banquet night as last year with another Christmas themed contest night which went over well last year. Mrs. Pat will help Miss Silvia with tickets sales for gift bags again. And last but not least Chodan Sylvia McDonald from CTL will once again be the MC and make us all look good for which I am eternally grateful. Let’s not forget Mr. Logan Ramirez who will provide another beautiful song on the guitar.
Look forward to seeing the TKA Blackbelt Council in attendance which will be GM Clarence Smith, GM Tom Balmos and GM Donny Meadows and their significant others. If you haven’t hit rsvp button please do so for it will be upon us before we know it. And also, please reserve your rooms. All locations are the same as last year for both events.
My good Air Force buddy, Mr. Jody Jenkins has volunteered to take pictures again this year with his wife Christie and we are grateful for that.
Maestro Tony Tanare from Hawaii will be coming in as well to do some seminars at our schools. (Shotokan Karate & Fitness, The Dojang in the Valley and Christian Taekwondo League. GM Donny Meadows will be at CTL on 5 Dec in the evening doing a seminar as well. Please attend these seminars.
Five people will be getting inducted into the TKA at the banquet this year:
- GM Dan Roberts (Killeen, TX)
- Professor John Harding( Seattle, WA)
- Chodan Joyce Austin (Thunder Dragon Karate, S.A.)
- Chodan Krishan Ubongen/CTL
- Shidai Shidai Saint Colon (Puerto Rico)
- Chodan Maria Arroyo Colon (Puerto Rico)
- Chodan Cristian Benavidez (San Antonio, TX)
Johnny K. Thompson, GrandMaster, 9th Degree
President, Tang Soo Do Karate Association
1st Degree, Chu Ida Yong Tae Kwon Do
5906 Windy Cove
San Antonio, TX 78239
Cell: (210) 725-3129 or HP/Fax: (210) 314-5178
May the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows!