What’s Happening


** Also see important Announcements below (including the Special Dragons assistants schedule), following the Events listing.

March 13, 2020 - April 30, 2020 – Audubon Studio Closed due to the Coronavirus and COVID-19

Audubon studio

The studio will be closed during this period due to the directives issued from Pennsylvania and Montgomery County.

Click here for important information including Ongoing Updates from Vaughn’s Dojang.

April 04, 2020 – Region 8 Black Belt Test

Originally scheduled for April 4, 2020 in Region 8, the WTSDA has postponed all regional Black Belt testing. Spring Dan candidates will test at the regular Fall Dan test in September; however, their test date will be recorded as the original April date.

We know that this will come as a disappointment to many, especially to those who have trained so hard to prepare to test for Dan Rank, to receive rank, and to teach and share knowledge. However, the health and safety of our WTSDA family must come first.

Keep training!

April 15, 2020 – Audubon and Phoenixville Gup Test & Graduation

Audubon studio

Originally scheduled for April 15, formal Gup Tests & Graduations are postponed until after the Audubon studio re‑opens. We will make an announcement once we know more.

May 16, 2020 – Region 8 Spring Championship

Originally scheduled for May 16, 2020, the Championship has been cancelled due to the coronavirus and COVID‑19. Click here to go to the Region 8 Facebook page for the official announcement and more details.

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Important Information about COVID-19 and the Coronavirus
Click here for an important update from Vaughn’s Dojang.

Special Dragons Assistants Schedule
All adult and youth Black Belts and Cho Dan Bos are reminded to check for the date(s) when they are assigned as an assistant instructor for the Special Dragons class. If you are not available on the assigned date, it is your responsibility to arrange for a substitute instructor. This is a unique and extremely rewarding experience for both you and the Special Dragons students and is an important part of your training at Vaughn's Dojang. To download the schedule, right click on the following link and select "Save... As": SD Assistants Schedule.

Phoenixville YMCA Assistants Schedule
All youth Black Belts and Cho Dan Bos are also reminded to check for the date(s) when they are assigned as an assistant instructor at the Phoenixville YMCA. If you are not available on the assigned date, it is your responsibility to arrange for a substitute instructor. This is an important responsibility; the YMCA classes tend to be large and the instructors depend on you showing up to help instruct. To download the schedule, right click on the following link and select "Save... As": YMCA Assistants Schedule.

Policy for Time Away from Training
Master Vaughn has announced a change to the policy covering extended periods of time spent away from the dojang. To maintain the financial health of the studio, the courtesy of suspending tuition payments while students are away from the dojang is no longer an available practice. If students or parents have any questions about this change, please talk to your instructor.

Earn a Free Lifetime Membership!
Master Vaughn has announced an exciting opportunity for any student (including instructors) to earn a lifetime membership to Vaughn's Dojang! You can do this by earning 120 points during the 12 months beginning with April 2013. You earn 5 points for bringing in a new student for a 30-day trial membership. If the student signs a contract for a 1-year membership, then you earn another 5 points (10 points total for a student that signs a 1-year contract). Not only could you win a lifetime membership, but you'll be introducing someone to the amazing art of Tang Soo Do and you'll be helping our dojang grow. The flyer can be downloaded here: Lifetime Membership Flyer. Start recruiting new students today!

6-Month Special for Family Members
Special available for non-participating family members of currently enrolled students. Contact your instructor or Master Rosenkrans for details.

Gup Testing Procedure
From the Vaughn's Dojang Test Committee: All students eligible for promotion to 6th Gup and above (including those training at the Phoenixville YMCA) are tested in front of a test panel at the Audubon studio on a bi-monthly basis. Test candidates should plan to arrive by 6:30 PM. Prior to the test, there will be a brief graduation ceremony for those students who tested for 9th, 8th and 7th Gup, as well as for Tiny Tigers and Little Dragons. This ceremony will last no more than 15-20 minutes, and will start promptly at 6:45, so please make sure your students who are to participate in the ceremony arrive by 6:30 PM. All students who are testing for 6th Gup and above should come prepared with all material, including weapons and boards. All will be required to attempt to break, and all testing for 1st Gup and above will need to know the first bong form. NOTE: Boards might not be available for purchase at the dojang on the night of the test; therefore, boards need to obtained well in advance of the test (*see your instructor for advice).

Important Reminder to All Black Belts and Black Belt Candidates
All Black Belts and Cho Dan Bo students need to download and read the following announcement from Master Vaughn regarding the essay requirement for testing. Right click on the following link and select "Save... As": Essay Requirement.

NOTE: Your essay must be completed in advance of your Black Belt Pre-Test (held during Maintenance Testing) to allow sufficient time for your instructor/mentor, a member of the Testing Committee, and Master Vaughn to review it and return it to you for corrections. If you are testing for E Dan or higher rank, the subject of your essay cannot be the 5 Codes, the 7 Tenets, or the 14 Attitude Requirements. The final corrected version of the essay is due at the time of the Pre-Test. Failure to submit your final essay at this time will result in you having to wait until the next test cycle before having the opportunity to be invited to participate in Black Belt testing.

Hapkido Program Open to All Students
The successful hapkido program at Vaughn’s Dojang is open to students of all ranks. White belts and above are strongly encouraged to broaden their martial arts skills by participating in this exciting opportunity! Go to Students > Classes > Hapkido at the top of the page, or click here to learn more about the popular hapkido program at Vaughn’s Dojang.

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Located under Resources at the top of the page, or click here.

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