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Karate students bring home hardware

Provided to the SunGraham Payne, 6, of Tahoma shows off the three medals he earned at the World Tang Soo Do Association Region One Championship.

Thirty-five members of Tahoe City Tang Soo Do competed recently in the World Tang Soo Do Association Region One Championship at the Boys and Girls Club in Kings Beach.

Tang Soo Do is a traditional martial art that dates back more than 2,000 years, emphasizing health, self-defense and self-enhancement.

This traditional Karate tournament ” hosted by John Maris, Chief Instructor of Positive Karate USA ” featured more than 250 competitors and their families from five Western states.

The weekend events began on May 24 when four students from Tahoe City Tang Soo Do, along with six other regional candidates, tested for black belt rank advancement before a board of fourth-, fifth-, sixth- and eighth-degree black belts.

The next day started early with weapons competition in the brown through black belt categories. Following official opening ceremonies, the competition continued with white through black belts competing in traditional forms, sparring and the crowd-favorite breaking.

The Grandmaster of the World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA), Jae C. Shin, an eighth-degree black belt famous for his contribution to the martial arts, attended the Region One Championship. He began teaching Tang Soo Do students in the United States in 1968 and in 1982 chartered the World Tang Soo Do Association.

In the 25 years since the WTSDA’s inception, the association has grown to more than 140,000 members in 32 countries.

Dr. Tim Schroeder, a practicing chiropractor and fourth-degree black belt Master Instructor, teaches Tahoe City Tang Soo Do through the Tahoe City PUD Recreation Department at the Fairway Community Center. Schroeder said about half of his students live on the North Shore and the other half from Truckee.

If interested in the study of Tang Soo Do, contact Dr. Schroeder of Tahoe City Tang Soo Do at 583-7477. Classes are offered for children and adults.

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