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    ** Also see important Announcements below, following the Events listing.

April 18, 2017 – Audubon and Phoenixville Gup Test & Graduation

Audubon studio (7:00 PM)

See the Announcements section below for important information regarding the Gup testing procedure.

Note that all Phoenixville YMCA Gup tests & graduations are held at the Audubon Studio.

April 22, 2017 – Region 8 Black Belt Test

Phoenixville YMCA (8:30 AM)

ALL Candidates (Youth & Adult) regardless of Age or Rank must report no later than 8:30 for check-in prior to the 9:00 AM written exam.

NOTE: All those attending the Black Belt test need to park at the Schuylkill Elementary School so that the YMCA parking lot remains available to YMCA members. You can drop off passengers and equipment (gear bags, weapons, boards, etc.) at the YMCA, but the driver will then need to park the vehicle at the elementary school. The school is at the corner of E. Pothouse and S. Whitehorse Roads; the driveway for the parking lot is off of E. Pothouse Rd. (Click for Directions). Shuttles between the school and the YMCA will be available prior to the start of the test and after closing ceremonies.

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Announcements

New Policy for Contracts and Time Away from Training
Master Vaughn has announced a change to student contracts that includes an automatic rollover option and also amends the policy covering extended periods of time spent away from the dojang. Please use this link to download and review the new policy: New Contract Policy.

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 Mrs. Winsko for details.

Exercise Machines Available at Audubon Studio
We now have two exercise machines that are available at the dojang for use by our students and their family members (Adults Only). Please see one of our instructors for direction before attempting to use equipment. For students who are signed up at the dojang, there may be a discount on your health insurance because of the machines.

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. To download the schedule, right click on the following link and select "Save... As": Assistants Schedule.

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 now open to students of all ranks. White belts and above are strongly encouraged to broaden their martial arts skills by participating in this exciting new opportunity! In addition, advanced hapkido training with Do Ju Nim Ji, Han Jae is now open to ALL students—including Gup students (with a 50% discount available to youth students). Go to Students > Classes > Hapkido at the top of the page, or click here to learn more about the newly expanded hapkido program at Vaughn’s Dojang.

Visit the Vaughn’s Dojang Store
Located under Resources at the top of the page, or click here.

Black Belt Club Package Available for Order
Go to Students > Black Belt Club at the top of the page, or click here for more information.

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