News on GM Pak's retirement, 2013 Collegiate Judo Championships, local tournaments and workshops. 

State of Iowa Black Belt Association: Issue #2 2013

Grandmaster Pak's Retirement Celebration

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2013 Board and Cabinet Members

President - Anthony A. Lamping

Secretary - Erin Carpenter

Treasurer - Seth Miller

Hapkido Delegate - Theo Westhues

Judo Delegate - Dr. Soren Prell

Taekwondo Delegate - Nick Messersmith

At-Large Delegate - Matthew Hamann

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New Board Members

Treasurer Seth Miller has previously served as the Fundraising and Public Relations Committee Chair. He is an ISU alumnus and currently on staff in the ISU Department of Student Financial Aid. He is a member of the Cyclone Martial Arts Club and an first-degree black belt in Judo, Hapkido and Taekwondo.

Hapkido Delegate Theodore Westhues is an ISU alumnus currently completing his second term of service with Americorps. He has studied Hapkido at the Cyclone Martial Arts Club since August 2007, and received the rank of second-degree black belt in February of 2013. Mr. Westhues is very excited to be serving as the Hapkido delegate this year, and looks forward to working with and learning from Hapkido clubs around the state.

Taekwondo Delegate Nick Messersmith is an University of Iowa Alunnus. He is a third-degree black belt in Taekwondo, and instructs at the University of Iowa Taekwondo Club and Iowa City Parks & Recreation.

Upcoming Events in Iowa and the Midwest
April 13-14. National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships. Colorado Springs, CO

April 13. Tiger Taekwondo Beginner Tournament. Marshalltown, IA

April 21. ISU Spring Judo Champsionships. Ames, IA.

April 27. USAT Poomsae Referee Seminar. Denver, CO.

April 28. USAT Referee Seminar. Elmwood Park, IL.

May 3. USAT Referee Seminar. Madison, WI.

May 4. Kim & Lee's Iowa Hanmadang. Cedar Rapids, IA

May 4. USAT Wisconsin Qualifier. Middleton, WI.

May 11. CelebrAsian. Des Moines, IA

May 11. Kansas City Classic. Blue Springs, MO.

May 17-19. Grandmaster Pak's Retirement Celebrations.

June 20-23. US Open Hanmadang. Colorado Springs, CO.

July 3-8. USAT National Championships and US Team Trials. Chicago, IL.

July 20. Iowa Games: Taekwondo, Judo, Hapkido. Ames, IA.

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Letter from SIBBA President

It was 25 years ago when Grand Master Pak assembled a leadership team and recommended the start of an organization that would do great things for Martial Artists in the State of Iowa.  The fact that the stated purpose of our organization has not changed and this organization is still in existence is proof of the solid principles it was founded on and the great leadership we have had over the years.

This year will mark the beginning of a new era for our members as we transition with the retirement of Grand Master Pak from Iowa State University.  Please allow me to emphasis this by repeating “from Iowa State University”.  We expect GM Pak to be fully active with the State of Iowa Black Belt Association whether he is located in Iowa or California.

We would also like to congratulate Master Matthew Hamann as being named by GM Pak as the new leader for the Cyclone Martial Arts Programs.  We, as an organization, lend our full support to Master Hamann to insure his successful transition. 

In a preliminary organizational meeting, we have established several areas that we are setting goals for this year, as well as a 3 year plan.

  • Membership development
  • Clarification and communication of what our organization is about
  • Increased communication to our members and affiliates
  • Continued development of Instructor Certification
  • Development of continuing education program requirements
  • Increased giving for scholarships, grants, and donations
  • Increase our social communities with other out of state organizations and instructors

These are goals that have been summarized from feedback we have received from a number of members.  We are listening and plan to take action.  We are excited and hope to bring some fresh ideas to the table that will accomplish these goals.

Please feel free to call or e-mail me whenever you like to discuss ideas or share concerns.  I wish everyone a safe and prosperous year and look forward to seeing or meeting you at events.

Thank you,

Anthony (Tony) A. Lamping


Hapkido, 3rd Dan

Letter from At-Large Delegate

Greetings SIBBA Members:

We have started the New Year off in high gear and stayed busy so far.  We have had many events such as the National Collegiate Judo Tournament which was held in the Leid Rec. Center on the Iowa State University Campus.  The 38th Annual Pak Family Martial Arts Banquet was a huge success, as well as the Black Belt Reunion.  Taekwondo has had many great opportunities for competition.  Ames Parks and Rec. held a beginners tournament, ISU held the annual Governor’s Cup, and Master Voorhees held his annual beginners tournament.  

We have some exciting events also coming up this spring and summer.  One large event is the retirement party for Grandmaster Pak which will be held on the weekend of May 18th. Grandmaster Pak has been a huge contributor to the martial arts, the state of Iowa, the Pak family, the city of Ames, and ISU. He has spent the past 40 years helping others with their marital arts technique, life lessons, self-confidence, and networks and relationships.  I would like to say congratulations to Grandmaster Pak.  We are very proud of you and all the work you have done over the years serving your students and your community.  

At the end of this month there will be a Judo tournament which will be held at ISU.  This summer there will be a Hapkido Camp once again at the end of June. Please keep an eye on the schedule for the events that are scheduled for rest of the spring and summer. We would love to see you there.

Please take some time to say hello to the new SIBBA cabinet.  I know they will do a great job and be ready to serve you as leaders in their respective fields.  Congratulations to the new and old SIBBA Cabinet.  

Have a great spring and see you at the next event everyone!

Matthew Hamann

Judo News

Dear Judokas,

Each year around this time college student judokas from all over the country travel to compete in the National Collegiate Judo Association (NCJA) Championships. This year Iowa State’s students did not have to travel very far as ISU hosted the annual event. 

At the 2012 NCJA Championships a small delegation from ISU under the leadership of Grandmaster Pak put in a bid to host this year’s tournament. The bid was accepted and after the summer break the detailed planning of the tournament started. Everything from the venue, awards and medals, referees, the electronic scoring system, T-shirts and other items for sale, the moving of the competition tatami and much more was organized in a many meetings leading up to the event on March 16. 

The tournament featured Championship and Novice division shiais and a Kata competition. The technical level in the shiais was exceptional. It was obvious from the large number Ippons scored that some of the best judokas in the nation were fighting for the medals. 

The ISU team performed outstandingly. In the Novice division, both ISU men and women took 2nd place in the team rankings. In the championship division, Molly Murtha took 1st place and Andrew Hansen took 2nd place in their weight brackets. ISU teams also earned medals in the Nage no Kata and Katame no Kata competitions. Two of the four special NCJA awards were received by ISU judokas: Rebecca Van Nordstrand received the Sportmanship Award and Grandmaster Pak received the Coach of the Year Award. Congratulations to all participants. 

The 2013 NCJA Championships turned out to be a truly outstanding event throughout. Many hands and minds were involved in making it happen. The ISU Judo Club received much appreciated help from members of the ISU Taekwondo and Hapkido clubs, former CMAC alumni, parents, friends, etc., in hosting the event. SIBBA computers were used in the electronic scoring system. With hosting the 2013 NCJA Championships Iowa State University has entered a select group of universities that have hosted the tournament in the last so many years. Many people who came to ISU for the tournament congratulated the ISU Judo Club for the successful execution of the event and the wonderful experience they had here. The tournament was a demonstration that the ISU Judo Club can host a large national Judo event in style. Maybe they will host it again in a few years. For now the ISU team has started to focus on the 2014 NCJA Championships, which will be in College Station at Texas A&M University. 

In local news, the ISU Spring Judo Championships (formerly VEISHEA Judo Championships) are coming up on April 21. Consider participating in this traditional Judo tournament.


Dr. Soeren Prell

SIBBA Judo Delegate

Taekwondo News

Events in the past few months included Master Voorhees' Beginner Tournament in Des Moines, the US Open in Las Vegas, the ISU Governor's Cup in Ames, USAT State Qualifiers in Kansas/Illinois/Wisconsin, and the Ames Parks & Rec Beginner Tournament.

Several local and elite tournaments will be taking place in the Midwest within the next few months.
  • Master "Doc" Carmichael is hosting the Tiger Taekwondo Beginner Tournament on April 13 in Marshalltown, IA.
  • Kim & Lee's Iowa Hanmadang in Cedar Rapids is May 4th, and the US Open Hanmandang in Colorado Springs is June 20-23rd. 
  • There is one remaning USAT State Qualifier scheduled for the Midwest—in Middleton, WI on May 4th. The US National Championships will be July 3-8 in Chicago, IL. Participation at a State Qualifier is mandatory for participation in Nationals this year. Upcoming referee seminars in our area include Wisconsin, Colorado and Illinois. See the USAT Event Calendar for further information. 
  • CelebrAsian will once again host the Warrior Spirit Forms Competition on May 11th in Des Moines.
  • Masters Oren and Terry Gautreaux are hosting the Kansas City Classic in Blue Springs, MO on May 11.
  • Grandmaster Pak's retirement celebration will be held May 17-19. The Taekwondo portion of the workout will be held Saturday at noon.
USA-Taekwondo has undergone several changes in the past few months. A new Board was elected, and a new CEO and National Team Coach were hired very recently. More information on this organization's overhaul is available on the USAT website.

Hapkido News

The Hapkido Summer Camp taking place this year June 28-30. ISU will be hosting Hapkido teams and clubs from around the country and from around the world. SIBBA members interested in learning more can contact Matthew Hamann, Seth Miller or Theo Westhues.
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