SIBBA October 2012 Quarterly Newsletter
State of Iowa Black Belt Association - October 2012
Upcoming Events in Iowa
SIBBA Meeting
Ames, IA
October 13, 2012. 7:30 A.M.

ISU Taekwondo Championships
Ames, IA
October 20, 2012

Tiger Taekwondo RingTime
Marshalltown, IA
November 10, 2012

ISU Judo Championships
Ames, IA
November 17, 2012

SIBBA Meeting
Ames, IA
December 1, 2012. 7:30 A.M.

Two Rivers Taekwondo Invitational
Des Moines, IA
January 26, 2013

National Collegiate Judo Championships
Ames, IA
March 16, 2013

Check the SIBBA website for details.

Symposium photos
Letter from the President

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

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer and you were able to get out and enjoy the weather, when it wasn’t too hot.

This summer was hot, but we still pressed on and had great opportunities to learn and practice the martial arts. Judo and Taekwondo were both represented at the annual Iowa Games tournament that was held in July. This was the 26th year for the Iowa Games, Judo has been in the games since the beginning, and it was the 25th year for Taekwondo. Congratulations to all who competed and a huge thank you to all who helped out! The tournament would not be successful without you, so again thank you to all the volunteers who put in the hours of work. July testing for Taekwondo and Hapkido went on
as scheduled as well. It really shows the tenets through all our students in our martial arts families who can go into the dojang in the middle of a really hot summer, and still do an outstanding job.

Recently, we held our annual SIBBA martial arts symposium. Thank you to all our instructors who led wonderful classes that was both informative and fun! The classes had lots of information for us to review as well as had some new tricks for us to think about and prefect. To all the participants, thank you again for coming. We love having you there and love seeing you learn and develop. Please continue to work hard and excel at the martial arts. If you have any questions about the past symposium, or would like to contact an instructor, please let us know.

The Poomsae Seminar, testing, and ISU Championship are the upcoming events to look out for in Taekwondo, and State Championships will be held in November for Judo. Please look at the respected delegates section for further details.

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, register you for door prizes, music, games, social hour, and the cabinet will be there to talk to you about the SIBBA and help you with any questions you may have.

We look forward to seeing you at the next event!

Matt Hamann
SIBBA President
Judo Delegate

Dear Judokas,

Before you read on about what has happened in Judo recently in and around Iowa I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Soeren Prell and I am the new Judo delegate to SIBBA following Master Nathan Meier, who finished his three-year term in March. I hold the rank of Shodan and enjoy helping Master Carol Scheid coaching juniors at the Teikiatsu Judo Club (formerly Cyclone Judo Club) and working out with the ISU Cyclone Martial Arts Judo Club under Grandmaster Pak. When I am not in the Dojo, I teach and research at the ISU Department of Physics and Astronomy.

2012 was great year for the sport of Judo in the US. This summer saw Team USA Judo having their most successful Olympic Games ever. Kayla Harrison turned out to be unbeatable at the London Games, becoming the USA’s first Olympic champion in Judo. Marti Malloy took a bronze medal and Travis Stevens took 5th place. At the Paralympic games Miles Porter was only defeated in the final and took silver, while Dartanyon Crockett took a bronze medal. Hopefully, the publicity of the Olympic Games will also help in attracting new members to Iowa judo clubs.

ISU sent a strong team to the 2012 National Collegiate Judo Association (NCJA) Championships at San Jose State University on March 10. ISU brought home 4 medals each in the Championship division (Kedge Zawack, Jordyn Koll, Alyssa Gilkey, Molly Sturgis) and in the Novice division (Tim Ditrich, Clare Schwager, Molly Murtha, Anne Falbowski). The team placed second overall in the women’s Championship division and third in the women’s Novice division. Also in March, at the National Scholastics Championships Kenneth Prell from Cyclone Judo Club took the bronze medal. The following month Kedge Zawack and Alyssa Gilkey each won a bronze medal at the 2012 Judo Senior National Championships.

The excellent result of the ISU team at the 2012 NCJA Championships bodes very well for next year, when the Cyclone Martial Arts Club will host the event on March 16. Mark the date in your calendars to see Judo at the highest skill level here in Iowa. If you are an eligible college student you should consider participating in the tournament.

The Iowa games in July saw about forty Judo competitors fighting for medals (about 20 juniors and seniors each). A similar number of Judokas competed for medals in the annual Spring Tournament on VEISHEA weekend. Both events were held in Forker Hall at ISU.

At the annual SIBBA Symposium, there were three classes of Judo. Master Carol Scheid taught theory and practice of coaching juniors. Participants learned how to let kids have fun at practice and at the same time make them successful competitors. They also enjoyed trying out several skill-teaching games. Yours truly, taught basic Judo falling and grappling techniques to practitioners of other martial arts.

That’s all I have for this time. If you have interesting news to share for the next SIBBA newsletter, please send me an email (

Dr. Soeren Prell
SIBBA Judo Delegate
Taekwondo Delegate

The past quarter has seen several events in the Taekwondo arena. The 25th anniversary of Taekwondo as a competitive sport in the Iowa Games came to us in July, with roughly 200 competitors vying for places.  September saw the annual SIBBA Symposium, with excellent classes offered by a wide variety of outstanding instructors. Also in September, there was a Sport Poomsae Seminar sponsored by Voorhees TKD, and led by Mrs. Erin Carpenter, of the sport poomsae team, Team Raptor.
Coming up in the 4th Quarter of 2012, we have multiple opportunities for Taekwondoin to be involved. First, there is the promotional testing at ISU on Oct. 13th, followed immediately by the ISU Taekwondo Championships, on Oct. 20th. The last weekend of October there is a sport poomsae competition in Overland Park, KS, hosted by Ko's TKD Academy.  December 1st is another testing at ISU, and 2013 kicks off with the annual Two Rivers Invitational Taekwondo Tournament, the last Saturday of January in Des Moines.
There are ample opportunities for TKD practitioners of all ages and ranks to not only improve and enhance their training, but to be actively involved.  As your Taekwondo Delegate, I would point out to our black belt members that your training and participation does not start and stop when you enter the dojang. As black belts, we collectively have an obligation to serve and give back to the art, science and sport that has given us all so much. Our presence and active participation as judges at testings and tournaments is not only coveted, but expected. To those whom much has been given, much is expected.
I look forward to seeing you all at our upcoming events, workshops, testings and tournaments.
Larry Voorhees
TKD Delegate

SIBBA Meeting
Ames, IA
October 13, 2012. 7:30 A.M.

If you have news or events you would like to share, please send them to the appropriate delegate so they may include it in their letter; delegate contact info is on our website.

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