Region 7 Championship Tournament 2015

Region 7 Championship Tournament


            A beautiful Indian summer greeted the competitors and guests of the WTSDA Region 7 Championship Tournament held recently in Myrtle Beach, SC.  On Friday, November 6 and Saturday, November 7, 2015, the crowd gathered at the Crown Reef Beach Resort for a couple of days of exciting activity and competition. 


            The event officially began on Friday evening with KCN Beaudoin leading the Region 7 black belts in a work out that challenged their skill and understanding of forms and one-steps. It was followed by a social hour with KCN.


            Saturday began with vigorous and electrifying competition among the black belts. We were honored to have three visiting competitors. Ciden Manuel from Moz Tang Soo Do in Mozambique (Region 14), Geoffrey Lewis from Region 8’s Nova Tang Soo Do, and Pam Gonzalez from Karate Masters in Region 4 provided some stiff competition and represented their regions well!



            During the opening ceremonies many were honored for their dedication and hard work over the past year.  Special awards included:


  • Studio of the year – Scota Karate Academy
  • Community Service Award – Capitol Tang Soo Do
  • Instructor of the year – Ms. Kristan Mack, Capital Tang Soo Do
  • Student of the year – Mr. Tucker Terrell, Carolina Shin Karate
  • Family of the year – The Rodriguez Family from Scota Karate Academy
  • Spirit Award for fall Black Belt test – Mr. Connor Nolan, Scota Karate Academy


            In addition, three people were presented with high honors by KCN Beaudoin.  Ms. Kristan Mack and Mrs. Stephanie Causby both received their 4th degree black belts and are officially Sah Dan 4th Instructors.  As a special treat to all present, Master Giselle Sharpe from Karate Masters, Houston, TX attended the event to celebrate with her dear friend, Ms. Mack.


            Mr. John Francis was promoted to Sah Dan 4th Master.  It is with great pleasure and pride that we in Region 7 can now call our friend Master John Francis!


            One of the highest callings of a true martial artist in addition to defending the innocent from harm is to care for his/her fellow man in a time of need.  In the true Tang Soo Do spirit, the Region 7 Board approved a contribution of $1,500.00 for Humanitarian Aid for the flood victims of Columbia, SC.  What an honor to be part of an organization that seeks to serve our community as a whole.  Master Scota also presented KCN with a $5,000.00 check from Region 7 for the WTSDA Building Fund.


            We all enjoyed the beginning of a new tradition in Region 7; we had our first official Creativity competition.  It was exciting to see the end result of months of planning and practicing on the part of the teams involved.  With only a tenth of a point difference in the total scores, Causby Karate Academy from Denver, NC took first place, while Scota Karate Academy from Greenville, SC came in second.  Congratulations to all!


            The Gup competition followed the Creativity performances and introduced us to many martial artists who are intensely training to become our next generation of black belts.  Excellent showing!




The final event of the tournament was the much anticipated awarding of the cups.

  • Junior Gup Champion – Henry Ray, Scota Karate Academy
  • Adult Gup Champion – Amanda Benwire, Scota Karate Academy
  • Senior Gup Champion – Rick Schou, Causby Karate Academy
  • Junior Advanced Gup Champion – Taylon Fan, Causby Karate Academy
  • Adult Advanced Gup Champion – Gideon Lee, Carolina Shin Karate
  • Senior Advanced Gup Champion – Grey Isley, Carolina Shin Karate
  • Junior Black Belt Champion – Leanna Dyer, Scota Karate Academy
  • Adult Black Belt Champion – Kenny Wagner, Scota Karate Academy
  • Senior Black Belt Champion – Kathy Scully, Scota Karate Academy



            Saturday night, after a fun time of pizza, music, corn hole and endless ice cream, we all said “till we meet again” to KCN and our Region 7 brothers and sisters.  As a close-knit group of WTSDA practitioners, our regional events are always an awesome time to strengthen the bonds that we share and have some tough but friendly competition.  The 2015 Region 7 Championship Tournament was no exception!  Tang Soo!


Submitted by

Mrs. Lynn Montgomery, Sam Dan

Scota Karate Academy, Region 7