HAPPY NATIONAL FEMALES DAY. GBTSD FEMALES SEMINAR 2018
History was made, on the 24th February 2018, by Great Britain female members of the World Tang Soo Do Association (Korean Martial Art), who have held their first ever All Female Seminar.
Over 100 female members from all over the UK as far as Scotland, Middlesbrough, Wales, Bristol, London, with many from all around Cambridgeshire, came together at St Ives One Leisure for the one day seminar that was organised by Master Dawn Khan, a 5th Degree Master (She is the highest WTSDA female Master in the UK and Europe).
After registration the day started at 10am. The Seminar got underway with the opening ceremonies with all the Master Instructors introducing themselves and sharing a little about when they first started their journey on the path of Tang Soo Do. This was followed by the warm up lead by Master Dawn and then the break out sessions got under way. The sessions, which were lead by Master Dawn and other attending Masters, were not only in traditional Tang Soo Do martial arts, such as Kicks, Sparring/Boxing, and Self Defense, but also in things that are not normally taught in lessons, such as Fan Techniques, Escrima Sticks, Ki Gong (energy training) and Meditation.
Along side the seminar, we had a raffle and cake stall with all profits going towards MacMillian Cancer Care. We would like to thank all who donated cakes and raffle prizes to help us raise £750 for the Charity.
All day the atmosphere was electric with everyone thoroughly enjoying themselves and it showed the dedication and strength of all the females members of Great Britain Tang Soo Do. The day ended at 4pm with all the females on a high as the closing ceremony took place and they all bowed out ready for their journey home with hopes that they can all do it again next year.
When asking Master Dawn about her idea for the Seminar and how the day went, her reply was "It was an amazing day as I felt so proud that a goal and a dream both had come true for me!! When I first started Tang Soo Do 31 years ago females were a minority in the classes with there being 5-10% of the class members being females. The majority were boys and men. Martial Arts in general were very male dominated in those days. Over the years there has been a great increase in females taking up Tang Soo Do and now some of our classes are 60% females at times. I had often dreamt of hosting an event to celebrate all the Females we now have in our Association here in Great Britain. What better time then this year as we have celebrated 100 years since Women had the right to vote in Great Britain so I put forward the proposal last year to host our first ever all Female Seminar and it was approved. So as I planned and organised the event I was full of excitement about the thought of all of our females from the age of 10 years old and above Orange Belt(our first coloured belt after white belt) up to Master Belt all training together in our beautiful martial art of Tang Soo Do for one Whole Day. Not only would I be accomplishing a goal and a dream but we would be making HISTORY and that we did!!!!"