2007 WSAMA AWARD WINNERS Congratulations to the following students who shined during the year we called 2007:
Belt Excellence Award - Allyson Halbach
OF THE YEAR AWARDS
CONGRATULATIONS NEW 1st & 2nd DAN SR. BLACK BELTS CAMP HILL (December 8) Congratulations to WSAMA's newest Black Belts: David Drinks and Jacob Swink. Congratulations also to the following Jr. Black Belts who earned their 1st Dan Sr. Level: Jesse Hazam, Sean Foer, Mary Millage, Kerry O'Connell, Sarah Markel and Phillip Peng. Special recognition goes to WSAMA's newest 2nd Dan levels: Lisa Foer, Clay Hazam, Brandon Vergara and Sudhakar Balasankar Many thanks to the assisting Black Belts who helped make this promotion a special and memorable day!
WSAMA CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, the West Shore Academy will be closed Thursday and Friday (November 22-23). Enjoy the holiday!
NOVEMBER CHILDREN'S CLASS PROMOTIONS Children's Color Belt Promotions are the week of November 5th. Make sure to sign up for one of the available testing times and hand in paperwork by Tuesday November 6th.
CAPITOL CITY YOUTH CLASSIC RESULTS HARRISBURG (November 3) - Team Lion's Pride participated in its last karate tournament of the 2007 Season which started back in March with the Arnold Martial Arts Festival in Columbus, OH and ended with aCapitol City Classic in Central PA. Team Lion'searned a total of 31 trophies including (11) 1st Place, (8) 2nd Place, (7) 3rd Place and (5) 4th Place. Noteworthy was team members Deanna and Jessica Vergara who both won Grand Championships in their respective divisions for Forms/Weapons. Results were as follows:
Eric Bossert – 4th Weapons
Celeste Gross – 1st Fighting, 3rd Forms
Dominique Gross – 2nd Weapons, 4th Forms, 4th Fighting
Robert Halbach - 1st Weapons, 2nd Forms, 2nd Fighting
Diana Hamlin - 1st Fighting, 2nd Forms, 3rd Weapons
Clay Hazam - 1st Fighting, 4th Forms, 4th Weapons
Jesse Hazam – 3rd Fighting, 3rd Weapons
Aaron Kuntz – 2nd Fighting, 4th Place Weapons
Anne O'Connell – 1st Fighting, 2nd Weapons, 3rd Forms
Nicholas Sather - 1st Fighting, 3rd Forms, 4th Weapons
Brandon Vergara – 1st Weapons, 1st Forms, 2nd Fighting
Deanna Vergara - 1st Forms, 1st Fighting, 2nd Weapons, Grand Championship Forms/Weapons
Jessica Vergara – 1st Weapons, 1st Forms, 3rd Fighting, Grand Championship Forms/Weapons
HALLOWEEN SKATING PARTY Join us for our Annual Halloween Costume Party at Olympic Skating Sunday October 28th from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Entrance is free to students, friends and family of the Academy. In-line and roller skates are available for rent. Hope to see everyone there!
SILVER SPRING FALL FEST 2007 The Academy's Spitfire Demo Team will be performing at this year's Silver Spring Fall Fest at Willow Mill Park on Saturday, October 13th @ 12pm. Enjoy the Fall weather, the demo team and the activities this festival has to offer. See you there!
PUMPKINFEST 2007 ENOLA (October 6 & 7) - The Academy enjoyed two days of summer-like weather and a sense of community participating in this year's East Pennsboro's Pumpkinfest. On hand, WSAMA's Demo Team Spitfire wowed the crowd with martial arts entertainment during the early part of the festival on Saturday and Sunday.
NEW 3RD DANS HARRISBURG (September 29) - Sabumnims Steven Pataky and Stephen Brandt (pictured with Grandmaster Joe Fox) were recently promoted to 3rd Dan in Jung Sim Do after exhibiting forms, weapons, sparring and self defense. It was a tough test of spirit and skill as they achieved what was truly deserved and earned. Congratulations Sabumnims!
INFERNOFEST 2: Incinerated 2007 (September 29 & 30) Performing Teams: SPITFIRE Demonstration Team, Sparks Demo Training Team, WSAMA Lion's Pride Competition Team.
SEPTEMBER ADULTS CLASS PROMOTIONS Adults Color Belt Promotion is Saturday, September 8th at 10am. Please hand in paperwork by Wednesday September 5th.
BREATH OF NATURE KARATE TOURNAMENT RESULTS HARRISBURG (September 1) - Team Lion's Pride once again proved hard work pays off! Noteworthy was team member Deanna Vergara earning First Place in the three events of weapons, forms and fighting. Results were as follows:
Eric Bossert – 4th Fighting
Celeste Gross – 1st Forms, 3rd Fighting
Dominique Gross – 3rd Weapons, 3rd Fighting
Robert Halbach - 1st Forms, 1st Weapons, 2nd Fighting
Diana Hamlin - 1st Forms, 1st Weapons, 2nd Fighting
Aaron Kuntz – 1st Fighting, 3rd Weapons, 4th Forms
Anne O'Connell – 1st Forms, 2nd Weapons, 3rd Fighting
Nicholas Sather - 1st Weapons, 2nd Forms, 2nd Fighting
Cole Van Nostrand - 1st Forms, 2nd Weapons, 3rd Fighting
Dylan Van Nostrand – 2nd Fighting, 3rd Weapons
Deanna Vergara - 1st Forms, 1st Weapons, 1st Fighting
Jessica Vergara – 1st Weapons, 1st Fighting, 2nd Forms
WOMEN'S SELF-DEFENSE SEMINAR CAMP HILL (August 18) The WSAMA sponsored a women's self-defense seminar conducted by Master Fred Waters of the Institute of Self-Defense. PA State Police Trooper Angel Garcia was the guest speaker explaining ways women can avoid the "opportunities" criminals are looking for in finding a victim. Trooper Garcia also spoke about the legalities of "use of force" when you have to fight back. If there is interest for your group or organization to hold women's self defense workshops/seminars, please contact Master Vince Vergara at 761-3527. click here to see the news story covered by Fox43 News broadcasted that same evening.
KEYSTONE STATE GAMES RESULTS YORK (July 28) - Team Lion's Pride had a great showing at this annual event bringing home 19 medals! All team members in their respective divisions placed in what was one
Celeste Gross –Bronze in Fighting
Dominique Gross –Silver in Fighting
Robert Halbach -Silver in Forms and Fighting, Bronze in Weapons
Diana Hamlin -Gold in Fighting, Forms and Weapons
Aaron Kuntz –Bronze in Fighting
Anne O'Connell –Silver in Fighting
Nicholas Sather -Bronze in Fighting
Brandon Vergara -Gold in Fighting, Silver in Forms, Bronze in Weapons
Deanna Vergara -Silver in Fighting, Bronze in Weapons
Jessica Vergara –Gold in Weapons, Silver in Forms and Fighting
* Click here to see same story as published in the West Shore Shopper on 8/22/07.
INDEPENDENCE DAY (July 24) The West Shore Academy will be closed Wednesday July 4th in observance of Independence Day. WSAMA's Competition Team, Team Lion's Pride, will be competing at the Battle of Harrisburg during Harrisburg's American Musicfest celebrated during the 4th of July weekend celebrations on City Island on June 30th.
NEW JR. BLACK BELTS! CAMP HILL (July 21) Congratulations to WSAMA's newest Jr. Black Belts: Nicholas Centurione, Samantha Zeigler and Matthew Kuentzler. Many thanks to the assisting Black Belts who helped make this promotion a special and memorable day for WSAMA's newest Black Belt members!
WSAMA's SUMMER PICNICCAMP HILL (June 16) WSAMA's Summer picnic was again a great success. Along with good food and good fun, there were great friends to be had! Click here to see some pictures taken during the outing. We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day!
CONGRATULATIONS TO NEW BLACK BELTS! CAMP HILL (June 9) Congratulations to WSAMA's newest Black Belts: Red/Stripe to Sr. 1st Dan (front row wearing white gis from l. to r.)- Joseph Hines and Andrew George; Jr. 1st Dan to Sr. 1st Dan (front row wearing black uniforms from l. to r.) - Teddy Kautz, Brian Kirkpatrick, Kaitlyn Bailey and Justin Gariepy; and Sr. 1st Dan to Sr. 2nd Dan (2nd row center) - Luann Neifert and Joseph Mizrahi. Many thanks to the assisting Black Belts who helped make this promotion a very special and memorable day for WSAMA's newest Black Belts!
AMATEUR KICKBOXING RESULTS PLYMOUTH, PA (June 2) Sheila Kirkpatrick won her first official full-contact kickboxing match at Grants Amateur Kickboxing Night in Plymouth. The split decision win over her opponent, Krystal Koch, did not reflect the dominance exhibited by Ms. Kirkpatrick in three 2-minute rounds of pure pounding excitement. Sheila previously won a 2nd round TKO exhibition match against Emily Zeigler at Joerg's Raging Bull Kickboxing Show in Mechanicsburg on May 12. Congratulations Sheila!
MEMORIAL DAY (May 28) The West Shore Academy will be closed in observance of Memorial Day. Students of WSAMA participated in Camp Hill's Memorial Day Parade. We Click here for additional information regarding the parade!
PICTURES ARE IN... Pictures from the Academy's Picture Day on Wednesday May 30th have arrived. They are now available for pick up in the office!
CHILDREN'S CLASS PROMOTIONS CAMP HILL (May 2-4) - Children's class students performed strong and proud the week of their rank testing. Click here to see promotion pictures taken after their promotional testing.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES NOW OPEN IN THEATRES (March 23) Click here for official movie website. Click the theatrical poster to the right for TMNT photos, videos, wallpaper and games.
AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM GRADUATION MECHANICSBURG (March 5) - Master Vergara concluded Silver Spring Elementary's After School Martial Arts Program on Monday after six weeks of basic Jung Sim Do training. Great job kids!
COMPETITION TEAM RETURNS FROM ARNOLD CLASSIC COLUMBUS, OH (March 4) - Team Lion's Pride definitely has something to be proud of returning from OH late Sunday night. WSAMA's Competition Team earned a total of 16 Gold medals, 5 Silver medals, and 1 Bronze medal to make them one of the most recognized groups of the competition. Click here for results and photos. Congratulations Team Lion's Pride!!
WSAMA REPRESENTED AT VARIETY SHOW CAMP HILL (March 2) - WSAMA students from the Shepherdstown and Upper Allen Elementary schools performed a martial demonstration for their 20th Anniversary Variety Show held at Mechanicsburg Middle School. Dylan Van Nostrand, Jared Rebman, Kylie Peters, Austin Donat, Ryan Donat, Cassandra Donat and Preston Peters displayed skills of falls, kicks, fighting techniques, weapons and breaking. Great job kids!
MRS. HAZAM PROMOTED TO 3RD DAN BY GRANDMASTER FOX HARRISBURG (January 27) - Sabumnim Karis Hazam (pictured above with Grandmaster Joe Fox) was promoted to 3rd Dan in Jung Sim Do after exhibiting forms, weapons, sparring and breaking. Her 3rd Dan eligibility came after 9 years of continued training and instructing. Congratulations Karis!