SIBBA - January 2013

Annual Meeting

SIBBA cabinet elections will be held on March 2nd at the Quality Inn in Ames, IA at 4:00 p.m.

Positions up for election are
· President
· Treasurer
· Taekwondo delegate
· Judo delegate
· Hapkido delegate
· At-large delegate

Please submit nominations to:

More information about cabinet responsibilities may be found in the SIBBA bylaws.

38th Banquet &
Black Belt Reunion

This year marks the 38th Annual ISU Martial Arts Banquet and Black Belt Reunion. But although ISU martial artists have only been formally gathering like this for 38 years, January 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of Grandmaster Yong Chin Pak's career at Iowa State University.
If you have a chance, please congratulate him on this anniversary of his long, esteemed career.

Black Belt Reunion will be held on March 1st at the Quality Inn in Ames, IA. Details and registration info will be posted here.

The ISU Martial Arts Banquet will be held on March 2nd, also at the Quality Inn in Ames, IA. Details and pre-registration info is available here.

Every year the SIBBA awards hundreds of dollars in leadership and academic-based scholarships. Application forms and eligibility requirements can be found here. Application deadline is February 15.
Please submit your nominees for Referee of the Year and New Referee of the Year. Details on these awards can be found here. Nomination deadline is February 15.

Scholarships and referee awards will be presented at the 38th ISU Martial Arts Banquet on March 2, 2013
Renew your Membership
Greetings, everyone! For many members the beginning of the year marks the start of a new membership year as well. If you have not visited the new SIBBA website yet, you may be surprised to find out how easy and secure it is to renew your membership online

Even if your membership is not currently up for renewal, the new year is a great time to make sure your information is up to date. You will also find information about upcoming events, photos from various events around the state, and other news relevant to martial arts in Iowa.  If you have any questions, please send an email to

Best wishes for the coming year!

Rachel Dudley
Membership Coordinator

Letter from the President

Greetings S.I.B.B.A. members:

Another year has passed and events have come and gone. We have all been working hard to achieve our goals and prepare for the next step. A new year brings new challenges and new horizons; with our persistence and courage we can overcome these new avenues to continue to better ourselves.

We had a wonderful turnout for our annual symposium and we also saw many students and instructors at local testings, tournaments, and social events. Thank you to all who volunteered, officiated, coached, instructed, and watched our events. We could not have done it without your support.

The past year has been full of exciting events and milestones in the wonderful state of Iowa when it comes to martial arts. This past year was the twenty fifth year in which Taekwondo has been an event in the Iowa Games. If you recall, the year before that was the twenty fifth year for the Iowa Games itself and Judo has been a part of this event since the beginning. Master Brian Hayes and Master Ken Pilch both received their sixth degree black belts in Hapkido this past December. They are the first to receive this rank under the guidance of Grandmaster Pak. Congratulations to both of these instructors!

The annual Black Belt reunion is fast approaching. We hope you can join us at the Quality Inn in Ames, Iowa during the first weekend of March. We will enjoy wonderful food, award door prizes, and enjoy music, games, and social hour. The cabinet will be there to talk to you about the SIBBA and help you with any questions you may have.

We will be holding elections for the SIBBA at our annual meeting which will take place at the Quality Inn conference room at 4 pm on March 2, 2013.

We look forward to seeing you at the next event!

Matt Hamann
S.I.B.B.A. President


Letter from the Judo Delegate

Dear Judokas,

I hope you had peaceful holidays and I wish you a Happy New Year. Winter has arrived and at this time of the year proper warming up at the beginning of each Judo practice is especially important. Make sure you bring your muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons to optimal operating temperature and stretch adequately before each workout in order to minimize the risk of injury. Ten to fifteen minutes of matwork is an excellent way to warm your body up. Follow it up with stretching exercises and more targeted warm up. Don’t start to practice throws or engage in Randori before your body is fully warmed up.

On November 17, 2012 Iowa State University hosted the annual State of Iowa Championships in Forker Hall. The event featured Junior, Senior and Masters Shiai and also a Kata competition.

The ISU Cyclone Martial Arts Club will be hosting the 2013 National Collegiate Judo Championships on March 15-16, 2013. Preparations for the big tournament are progressing well. Master Nathan Meier and his assistant coaches are preparing the ISU team for the upcoming competition. Make sure you mark the date in your calendar, either to compete or to watch some fine Judo matches.

Dr. Soeren Prell
SIBBA Judo Delegate
Letter from the Taekwondo Delegate

Happy New Year, sirs and ma’ams!

I would like to begin this annual report by offering my sincere apologies. I have not, in my opinion, given the SIBBA the attention and effort that I believe is necessary to do a good job of representing the Taekwondo constituency as a member of the Cabinet this past year. When I accepted this position, it was with my full intention of providing the best service possible, and help expand the scope and breadth of Taekwondo in Iowa and in conjunction with the SIBBA. Unfortunately, “life” seemed to get in the way, and I was unable to give this position the attention and energy it deserves.

Short story: I became unemployed in June, and finding a new position absorbed a great deal of my time and energy up until about mid-October, when I began the process that led me to the new career that I currently enjoy. Part and parcel of this new position was the necessity of moving to St. Joseph, MO…activity that has absorbed every free moment since then. I ask your forgiveness for not performing up to my expectations as your Taekwondo Delegate.

2012 still managed to be an excellent year for Taekwondo and the SIBBA’s involvement in further our art and science.

While we still participated in the usual string of tournaments (Two Rivers Invitational, RingTime, Governor’s Cup, Iowa Games, ISU Championships) and workshops (Referee Seminar, Leadership Seminar, Poomsae Seminar, SIBBA Symposium), there were many other activities and goings-on that involved either members of the SIBBA Taekwondo family, or will eventually directly improve the SIBBA presence across the state.

From a national and international standpoint, Master Anne Chase was actively involved in the Olympic Referee Selection process, as well as tirelessly trotting the globe representing Iowa and the US at a myriad of International events as one of our country’s most active and accomplished referees. Master Mike Wickham has also been racking up the frequent-flyer miles by actively working at several national and international events in and around the continental US.

The national governing body, USA Taekwondo, is in the process of undergoing a major facelift. In January of 2012, USAT was called on the carpet in front of a US Olympic Committee Hearing Panel in response to several Section 10 complaints registered by various individuals and groups within the USAT membership. As a result, USAT was put on probation, the CEO was dismissed, and an interim Board of Directors was selected/elected to oversee a major overhaul of the organization. Master Anne Chase was elected as the Referee representative on the interim Board of Directors, and was subsequently elected to serve as the Chair of the Board of Directors for USAT during this transitional time. Under her leadership and guidance, the organization is making sweeping changes to its governance structure and the manner in which the staff at the national office is monitored and overseen.

On a state level, I have begun conversations with various club owners that participate primarily within the AAU Taekwondo structure, inviting them and their students to participate in the events sponsored by SIBBA. I have also been asked to assist several local clubs that desire to become more closely aligned with the Kukkiwon/World Taekwondo Academy curriculum, and have conducted at least 2 workshops for individual local clubs in the past year along those lines.

Also, we have had the joy and pleasure of seeing several join the ranks of Master and Jr. Master this year, and my sincere congratulations to those individuals, as well.

The coming year will bring with it many changes. I know for myself, there will be challenges in how I am able to actively manage the 5 local clubs under the Voorhees TKD umbrella from a distance. For the SIBBA, there will be the challenge of “where do we go from here?”, as we look to a future with major changes in leadership within the state. For those of us that are within the Pak family, we are looking at a time when GM Pak will be retiring from actively leading the ISU program. As Taekwondoists, we are looking at the changes that come with staying up-to-date on competition formats and standardizations, both in gyorugi and poomsae, as well as standardizations in curriculum in alignment with the Kukkiwon.

Change has a tendency to do one of two things to people. It either paralyzes them with fear, like the ostrich with its head in the sand, or it motivates them to action. A wise man once said that “the only constant in the universe is change”. If nothing changes, then things have a tendency to stagnate and die. As martial artists, nothing about what we do is stagnant. Every movement leads into another one. Every strike or block flows into another strike or block. Even when we may be “at rest”, we are mentally and physically preparing for what comes next. There is no such thing as a “perfect sidekick”. We always are striving to do things better, with greater efficiency and efficacy, and greater speed and power.

A favorite passage of mine from the Bible says, “Consider it pure joy when you receive trials of many kinds, for it is through the testing of your faith that you develop perseverance.” What I enjoy about this passage is that it doesn’t say “if you receive trials”, but instead it says “when”. Trials and changes…they will happen. They will come. And we, as martial artists, know how to prepare ourselves for those times of trial. And when those trials come, we are prepared to step out in faith to accept whatever challenge, whatever change, may come about. Because we are not stagnant, but we are constantly growing, learning and evolving, both as martial artists, and as people.

My prayer for us all in the New Year ahead is that we look to the future while remembering the past. We embrace change while treasuring traditions. We step out in faith, knowing that because of the changes and trials that are coming, we will continue to develop our perseverance. We know that by doing this, we become better martial artists, better people, and bring strength and cohesion to our organization, and thusly to our students.

On a personal note, many have asked Carrie and I, “are you ever coming back?”  My answer is always the same. We have never left, nor will we ever “leave”. We are not “gone”, we just won’t be around quite as much as we have been.

I thank you for the honor of permitting me to serve as your Taekwondo Delegate this past year, and I hope that you will be even more supportive of my successor. It is truly a joy and honor to be associated with such a fine group of people.


Larry W. Voorhees, 6th Dan

Voorhees TKD LLC

SIBBA Taekwondo Delegate – 2012.

Letter from the At-Large Delegate

Last November 19th SIBBA (and Co-Sponsor, Tiger Taekwondo of Marshalltown) held for our 4th annual RingTime event.  Students and instructors from five different area clubs joined for an afternoon of tournament-like experience.  Beginners, many first time contenders, got to try sparring on the Iowa Games’ mats and see their scores on SIBBA’s computer scoring equipment.  Yes, most had to be reminded to watch their opponent instead of the scoreboard.  More advanced students and instructors got to try their hand at running the Ringmaster computer program, scoring in the corners and even being center referee.  As always, our focus was on safety and learning, so we had several black belts supervising the learners.  We are especially proud to announce there were no significant injuries and a good time was had by all!

Special thanks to Joe M., Matt M, Matthew P. And all the others who have helped getting our computer scoring equipment functioning so much better!

Be sure to put on your calendar our Beginner’s tournament (also held in Marshalltown and co-sponsored by Tiger Taekwondo) on April 13th.  More info coming soon.

Master "Doc" James Carmichael
SIBBA At-Large Delegate

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