Tae Park Tae Kwon Do
World Class Championships
On November 6, 2015 World Class Tae Kwon Do hosted the Tae Park Taekwondo Black Belt testing followed on the 7th by the World Class Championships. The events were held at Grand Rapids Community College Ford Fieldhouse in downtown Grand Rapids.
On Friday evening, 43 members of Tae Park TKD did their final phase of black belt testing for levels of black belt 1-3 Dan. Senior Master William Golombisky and his support staff organized the testing which ended with each Institute under the umbrella of Tae Park TKD awarding the new black belts to the test candidates with their certificates. The event was followed by a Masters meeting held at the Fold Fieldhouse in preparation for the following days tournament.
On Saturday the tournament was kicked off by Tournament Director Master Susan Lofquist and greetings from Grand Master Rick Warren. Very special guests at this years event were:
Grand Master Nam Souk Kim 9th Dan (California)
Grand Master Mung Ho Lee 8th Dan (Poland)
Master Rick Grimm (student of GM Nam Souk Kim) (Kansas)
The event had 453 event entries, a fantastic showing, surpassing last years event!
A new event ‘basic kicking’ was introduced and directed by Master Lemon Williams II with 35 competitors entering the event. Other events that were offered were Board Breaking directed by Masters Troy Eckert and Larry Arthur. Traditional events of forms, one-step sparring and sparring were also offered.
As an opportunity to be ‘The Best’ WCTKD offers the events of Grand Champion (18 and over) and Junior Grand Champion (15-17) in both male and female divisions. To win these coveted events you must collect the most cumulative points in the three events of 1. Breaking 2. Forms and 3. Sparring. This years event was dominated by Lewis Institute of Tae Park Taekwondo Mid South Taekwondo Association participants who took home Grand Champion Male (Mr. Sebastian Alonzo-Warmath Institute) and both male and female Junior Grand Champion (Ms. Kaitlyn Howard-King Institute and Mr. William Forlifer-King Institute). New York’s Nicole O’Grady-Good Institute, took home Grand Champion-female.
Competitors traveled from across the US to participate from the states of: Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio, New York, Kansas and of course all over Michigan.
Plans are already underway for November ‘2016’ .
Thank you to all who attended participated and worked so hard to make this event a huge success. Also Thank you to Jennifer Eckert for take so many of the photos for us.
Master Susan Lofquist
Tae Park TKD National -WCTKD Tournament Director