February Newsletter

February 2, 2024

February is Bring-A-Buddy Month

In the Spirit of Sharing and Togetherness, ALL of February is Bring-A-Buddy Month!


Belt Tests and Promotions

Gup Testing Candidate Lists are Posted!!

  • Belt Promotions: February 16 at 5:30 PM – Both Schools
    • Lists are Posted
  • Tiny Tigers Testing:
    • Chestertown: March 01 at 5:00 PM
    • Easton: March 15 at 5:00 PM
  • Colored Belt Testing:
    • Easton: February 24 at 10:00 AM
    • Chestertown: March 09 at 10:00 AM
  • Black Belts/CDB/Red Belts: Saturday April 06, 2024, 10:00 AM
    • Chestertown Do Jang: Testing/Recerts/Pre-Tests/Red Belts
  • Black Belts/CDB: Saturday April 13, 2024, 10:00 AM
    • Synergy Martial Arts: Testing/Recerts/Pre-Tests


Where Beginners Learn, Leaders Grow, and Black Belts in Life are Built.


Chesapeake Bay Invitational

Saturday March 02nd, 2024

Hosted at Synergy Martial Arts. Co-Hosted by Phoenix Martial Arts

This Tournament is a Great way to break into Competition and begin to understand Tournaments in general!

Competition Divisions consist of:

Forms                         Breaking       

Sparring                                 Weapons

Competitors are further divided and matched up by age and rank, within each competition category.

Rules for Judging are explained before each event.

Medals are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place!

This is a Fantastic first experience and a Great way to practice for All Tournaments!

Chesapeake Bay Invitational, Hosted at Synergy Martial Arts

1360 Blair Drive, Odenton, MD 21113

Check-In: 9:00 AM

Start Time: 10:00 AM

Pre-Registration Pricing Honored through Saturday February 24th


Winter/Spring Tournaments

  • Momentum Karate Tournament – February 17th (Woodland, Texas)
  • Chesapeake Bay Invitational – March 02nd (Odenton, MD)
  • Garden State Championships – March 23rd
  • CS Kim Karate National Championships – April 26th/27th


Shi Sun: Focus – of eyes or direction of line of sight


The Blog Page on our Website is Finally Active!

Look for our Weekly/Monthly Updates there as well as other Features, Writings and Information that we will begin to start sharing.

Enjoy! Trang Soo!!



Winter/Spring Important/Fun Dates

  • Groundhog Day: Friday February 2nd
  • Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon February 10th – 24th
  • Acts of Random Kindness Week: February 14-20
  • Picture Day: Chestertown Do Jang May 22nd – Wednesday
  • Picture Day: Easton Do Jang May 23rd – Thursday
  • Annual Theme Park Field Trip – Wednesday June 26th
  • Annual Family Picnic and Promotions Day: TBA June 22/29


Groundhog Day (Punxsutawney Phil) Results

Friday 02 February 2024: He saw his Shadow!

Punxsutawney Phil says… “Early Spring”!

It derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch superstition that if a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day and sees its shadow due to clear weather, it will retreat to its den, and winter will go on for six more weeks; if it does not see its shadow because of cloudiness, spring will arrive early.


There are no Black Belt Techniques, Only Basic Techniques done at a Black Belt Level.


Mastery is a Pursuit, Not a Destination


Lunar New Year: Spring Festival

Saturday February 10 – Sunday February 25

Lunar New Year, Chinese Chunjie, Vietnamese Tet, Korean Seollal, Tibetan Losar, also called Spring Festival, is typically celebrated in Asian countries and begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends on the first full moon of the lunar calendar, 15 days later. The lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, so the dates of the holiday vary slightly from year to year, beginning sometime between January 21 and February 20 according to Western calendars.

Approximately 10 days before the beginning of the new lunar year, houses are thoroughly cleaned to remove any bad luck that might be lingering inside, a custom called “sweeping of the grounds.” Traditionally, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are reserved for family celebrations, including religious ceremonies honoring ancestors. Also on New Year’s Day, family members receive red envelopes (lai see) containing small amounts of money. Dances and fireworks are prevalent throughout the holidays, culminating in the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated on the last day of the New Year’s celebrations. On this night colorful lanterns light up the houses, and traditional foods such as yuanxiao (sticky rice balls that symbolize family unity), fagao (prosperity cake), and yusheng (raw fish and vegetable salad) are served.

The origins of the Lunar New Year festival are thousands of years old and are steeped in legends. One legend is that of Nian, a hideous beast believed to feast on human flesh on New Year’s Day. Because Nian feared the color red, loud noises, and fire, red paper decorations were pasted to doors, lanterns were burned all night, and firecrackers were lit to frighten the beast away.

2024 is the Year of the Dragon:  a symbol of power, strength, and luck. The element for 2024 is wood, which symbolizes growth, flexibility, and creativity. People born in the Year of the Wood Dragon are said to be ambitious, adventurous, and charismatic.

The year of the wood dragon in 2024 will be a lively and stimulating year for all. It will be a year full of possibilities, challenges, and transformations. It will be a year to follow your passions, share your thoughts, and act on them. It will also be a year to show courage, confidence, and optimism.

But the year of the wood dragon will also have some dangers and doubts. It may be a year of fierce competition, conflict, and pressure. It will be a year to be careful, sensible, and realistic. It will also be a year to be flexible, adaptable, and cooperative.

To benefit from the year of the wood dragon, you need to balance your enthusiasm with your wisdom, your ambition with your humility, and your independence with your teamwork.

Haengbokan Saehae Doeseyo (행복한 새해 되세요) which translates to “Have a Happy New Year!”


February/March/April – Clinics/Events

February is Bring-A-Buddy Month

February 02 – Tournament Sparring Clinic at 6:45 PM

February 03 – Weapons Clinic at 1:30 PM

February 09 – JUDO Clinic at 6:45 PM

February 10 – Leadership Clinic at 1:30 PM

February 16 – Belt Promotions at 5:30 PM

February 17 – Board Breaking Clinic at 1:30 PM

February 24 – Belt Testing – Easton at 10:00 AM

February 24 – Tournament Prep in Easton at 1:30 PM

February 29 – Leap Year – Regular Classes

March 01 – Tiny Tiger Test – Chestertown 5:00 PM: Family Class at 6:00 PM

March 01 – Tang Soo Do Bingo Begins

March 02 – Chesapeake Invitational Tournament

March 08 – JUDO Clinic at 6:45 PM

March 09 – Belt Testing – Chestertown at 10:00 AM

March 09 – Leadership Clinic at 1:30 PM

March 15 – Tiny Tiger Test – Easton 5:00 PM: Family Class at 6:00 PM

March 15 – Tournament Sparring 6:45 PM

March 16 – Weapons Proficiency Test at 10:00 AM

March 16 – Board Breaking Clinic at 1:30 PM

March 23 – Yi’s Garden State Championships

March 29 – Good Friday

April 05 – Test Prep

April 06 – Black Belt/CDB, Testing, Pre-Tests, Re-certs – Chestertown

April 06 – Red Belt Testing – Chestertown

April 12 – JUDO Clinic at 6:45 PM

April 13 – Black Belt/CDB Testing, Pre-Tests, Re-certs – Odenton

April 19 – Forms/Weapons for Competition at 6:45 PM

April 20 – Endurance Test at 10:00 AM

April 20 – Leadership Clinic at 1:30 PM

April 26 – CS Kim Karate National Championships

April 27 – CS Kim Karate National Championships

May 17 and 18: Master’s, School Owner’s, Instructor’s  and Black Belt Seminar in Monroeville, PA

**Tentative Schedule, check weekly updates to confirm clinics/workshops**

**Dates MAY and often DO Change. We will keep you informed

**Beyond this point, NO Guarantees on Schedule Accuracy (It can/will change)

Even if you don’t Win, you Learn…which is in itself Winning!


Fitness: 21-Day Metabolic Reboot Begins Monday February 05

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