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Pan-Am Tang Soo Do Federation travels to South America to Welcome New Members

Grandmaster Chong Su Kim led a delegation of his students from York, PA to Chile and Argentina to welcome eight new member schools to the Pan-Am Tang Soo Do Federation in September. Master Patricio Saavedra and instructors from La Calera, San Felipe, Iquique, Talca, Concepcion and Punta Arenas converged on the seaside city of Vina del Mar, Chile to meet and participate with Grandmaster Kim in enthusiastic training sessions both in the modern Gymnasio Polideportivo and on the beautiful beaches of Vina del Mar overlooking the southern Pacific Ocean.

Following visits to several local TSD martial arts schools, the York group traveled across the majestic Andes Mountain range through Mendoza to San Juan, Argentina where Grandmaster Kim was the guest of honor at the Campeonato Internacional de Artes Marciales Tournament hosted by Melisa Mulet, Pan-AM TSD Federation member and school owner. Despite the multitude of styles represented at the championship, the shared brotherhood of martial arts transcended any cultural or language barriers. The thrill of meeting Grandmaster Kim in person was apparent to all, from the youngest to the oldest participants. New friendships were formed and the York students look forward to seeing some of our new TSD friends at the 2006 Chong Su Kim Cup Pan-Am Tang Soo Do Federation National Championship in York, Pa in October. Tang Soo and Buena Suerte!

GM Kim and students w. Chilean Black Belts

GM Kim writes a student's name in Korean

GM Kim San Juan, Argentina

Pan-Am Federation crosses the Andes

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