HURON — Josiah Chase, 9, recently competed and took first place in his age division (12 and under) in the 2nd World Tang Soo Do General Federation’s (WTSDGF) Online Hyung (Forms/Kata) competition.
The WTSDGF is an international Tang Soo Do organization based in Seoul, Korea. Online form competitions have provided an opportunity for martial art students to train and compete internationally during the Covid pandemic.
Chase is a yellow belt in Tang Soo Do and trains with Abby Vaillancourt of Vaillancourt’s Korean Martial Arts at the Nordby Center for Recreation in Huron.
Vaillancourt recognized Chase’s talent and dedication and asked him and his parents if they’d consider him competing internationally and they agreed. Tang Soo Do students from all over the world in different age categories sent their video hyung submittals directly to Korea and were judged by a panel of six senior Korean Tang Soo Do Grandmasters (9th degree black belts). Chase took first place in his age division and was followed closely by students from India and Malaysia.
Vaillancourt noted, “Josiah sets a good example for the other students with his dedication, attention to detail and willingness to compete at the international level.”