The Ahn Taekwondo Classic celebrated its 50th anniversary in April of 2017. In spite of the inclement weather, more than 500 participants spent the day competing in forms, breaking and sparring competition.
Grandmaster Ahn was the Honorary Chairperson for the Classic – traveling to Cincinnati from his home in California to be with us. This year’s competitors and dignitaries came from Ohio, Indiana, West Virginia, New York, Kentucky, and California. And, more than 60 schools were represented by competitors.
We want to thank all of the referees, sponsors, volunteers, and parents who helped to make the event a success. Note that preparations have already begun for next year’s event which will be held on April 28th, 2018. For details, visit the tournament website at http://www.ahnclassic.com.
The Spring 2016 Black Belt test was held on March 12th at Ahn Taekwondo Institute in Cincinnati, OH. This was the first of the two scheduled UTA Black Belt tests to be held in Cincinnati, OH in calendar year 2016. The second Black Belt test will be held in October of 2016 – also in Cincinnati, OH.
The March 2016 Black Belt test saw nine candidates test for rank and three credit test toward their next rank. The Test Board was:
Grandmaster Kim Limes
Grandmaster Roy Bushman
Master Charles Moore
Master Chuck Beyersdoerfer
Master Jamie Hamilton
Master Jeff Martin
Master Rob Gerhardt
There was also a special guest, Master Mike Ruff, of Martin Martial Arts in attendance.The following candidates were promoted by the UTA:
Mr. Payne Ackermann 1st Poom
Miss Alexandria Zimmer 1st Poom
Mr. William Bradley 1st Poom
Mr. Saketh Balakumar 1st Poom
Miss Thamilini Pathmarajah 1st Dan
Mr. Anthony Zimmer 1st Dan
Ms. Mary Feldman 2nd Dan
Miss Cassandra Parkos 3rd Dan
Mr. Sumitro Chakravarti 3rd Dan
Also credit testing toward their next rank were Master Ryan Newburn, Mr. Jacob Feldman, and Mr. James Kopcha.
The United Taekwondo Associaiton congratulates all of the candidates for an excellent performance.