Hi everybody, great day yesterday as we introduced another member into the TKA ranks as a new Chodan. Mr. Amadou Bah earned his Chodan ranking before a tough board of experienced Blackbelts. Ran close to six hours, probably a couple hours of commentary and interview questions but definitely put this young man thru the paces and he earned and learned along the way. Thanks to Christian Taekwondo League for once again opening their doors making everyone comfortable for the test, The Ramirez’ are always so accommodating.
Many thanks go out to people that gave up the better part of their Saturday to ensure the success of this individual who will be attending West Point later in July. GM Tom Balmos and GM Michael Hornsby had good things to say about the test. Thanks to Master Rod Garrett who proctored the test, along with Master Michael Simpson, Master Lowell Lyle, Sensei’s Andrew Moody, Hugh Price, Jaron Crawford, Jose Antonio Ramirez II and Chodan Sylvia McDonald and to all the parents and friends that came out to support and help.
I would like to believe that we helped Chodan Amadou with the interview portion as I am sure some of that will be helpful at his impending University. I know his family was proud.
Other blackbelts were invited but it was a martial arts Saturday for sure. Shotokan Karate and Fitness Shihan Sandy Larwood hosted a promotion test as well and the valley was attended and represented at a local tournament led by GM Rene Garza from the Dojang Martial Arts Academy. Everyone was doing their part for their students and the community, makes everything worth it.
Pictures will be forthcoming, Sensei Andrew Moody took some good pictures and during the week I am sure will share and we will then post. I know Miss Tenise will post some as well as some interesting videos.
Again, thanks to all that could come out to support one of their own and sacrifice their time and their efforts didn’t go unnoticed.
Johnny K. Thompson, GrandMaster, 9th Degree
President, Tang Soo Do Karate Association
1st Degree, Chu Ida Yong Tae Kwon Do
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