Welcome, 2016! Personal goals are set. Professionally, in the World Tang Soo Do Association and its regions, there's a lot happening this year. Front and center is the 2016 WTSDA World Championship, July 15th and 16th in Greensboro, Norh Carolina, USA.
And the challenge that I offer everyone reading these newsletters is to see and understand the Professionalism found within this organization. You can find WTSDA schools that are full-blown commercial businesses, that are community center classes, and several versions in between. Instructors may be full-time or part-time.
Do everything you can to get to the World Championship and watch the amazing work. Virtually every job is volunteer, and the jobs are filled by professional martial artists from the commercial businesses and community centers. These articles: written by professional martial artists.
Owners, instructors, students and parents, the ideas for these articles were begun years ago when the authors showed up for their first martial arts classes. That's huge to consider! In their personal growth through martial arts training they've taken a few minutes to share these ideas that have helped shape their professionalism.
So, take a few quiet minutes to read and reflect.
And I hope to see everyone in Greensboro July 15th and 16th.
As instructors we have all been there. You are speaking with the excited yet concerned parent or guardian of a potential new student, while seemingly throughout the entire conversation the parent or guardian must spend more attention keeping the child in line than they do finding out the specifics of your class.
Grandmaster Shin listed two main goals of the WTSDA from the its beginning as “traditionalism and professionalism.” Therefore, I view training in hyung as essential to our “traditional” martial art of Tang Soo Do.