2010 News

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TEAM LION FORCE

 

We are pleased to announce that WSAMA's Competition and Demo Teams will be sharing the same name, Team Lion Force, as a way of uniting the Academy's teams under the same banner. Each team will be distinguished by gi jacket colors. Competition Team Lion Force will be wearing black gi pants and blue gi jackets. Demo Team Lion Force will be wearing black gi pants and red gi jackets. 

 

We are taking pre-orders of Lion Force T-Shirts ($15 ea.) which will have the design (as seen to the right) on black T-shirts. If you are interested, please let the office know what size and quantity of T-Shirts you would like to get. We will be calling in our orders on Thursday Dec. 23.

 

 

 

 

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DECEMBER IN-SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

CAMP HILL (December 17) - Congratulations to December's winners:  Jessica Vergara - Heavyweight Division, Nicholas Moshgat - Middleweight Division, Briana Guarnieri - Middleweight Runner-up,  and Rishi Rallapalli - Lightweight Division. The next In-School Tournament is scheduled Friday January 28, 2011 @ 5:10pm. 

 

 

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MASTERS PROMOTED TO 6TH DAN

 

Masters Vince Vergara and Tom Brunner recently tested and earned their 6th Dan Black Belt ranks from Grandmaster Joe Fox in late October. They were awarded their new belts on December 10. Congratulations! 

 

 

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WSAMA HALL OF HONORS     

 

WSAMA Awards are presented to the students of the Adults and Children Classes based on the merits of the students observed throughout the calendar year. Winners of the awards are announced during WSAMA's annual Holiday Banquet. Each award can be won only once per student to give the opportunity for other deserving students to be considered for that honor. The WSAMA Hall of Honors was established in 2010 for the posterity of recognizing previous winners. To see previous winners, click here!    

 

 

 

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CONGRATULATIONS WSAMA's NEWEST JR. & SR. BLACK BELTS!

CAMP HILL (Nov. 13) Congratulations to WSAMA's newest 1st Dan Jr. Black Belts (above picture - 1st row wearing white): Dustin Rodgers, Cameron Merris, Teja Vaylay, and Nathan Moshgat.  

 

 

CAMP HILL (Dec. 11) Also, congratulations to Freddy Meza and Courtney Rhen (below picture - 1st row wearing white) who recently earned their 1st Dan Sr. Black Belts. Many thanks to the assisting Black Belts of both promotions for being a big part of their success! 

 

 

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2010 WSAMA AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to the following students who shined during 2010

Black Belt Excellence Award - Howard Zeigler, Luann Neifert
Jr. Black Belt Excellence Award- Jessica Vergara
Adult Class Student of the Year Award - Luke Melhorn, Tom Schneider
Childrenís Class Student of the Year Award - Christian Sponseller
Adultís Class Most Improved Student of the Year Award - Kate Loza
Childrenís Class Most Improved Student of the Year Award - Dustin Rodgers

COMPETITORS OF THE YEAR AWARDS
First Place - David Kirkpatrick
Second Place - Jessica Vergara 
Third Place - Nicholas Moshgat 
Fourth Place - Cameron Merris

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ADULTS CLASS PROMOTIONS

WSAMA's Adults Class Promotions are scheduled for Saturday December 4th. The Black Belt Promotion will start 8am. The Color Belt Promotion will start @ 10am.  All promotion forms and paperwork should be submitted by Wednesday December 8th. Reminder: testing students should be in full uniform (i.e. gi jacket and pants with all patches and lettering). 

 

 

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WSAMA HOLIDAY BANQUET AND AWARDS CEREMONY

WSAMA's Holiday Banquet is coming up Saturday Dec. 4th. If you haven't signed up yet, it's not too late! The banquet will be at the Capitol Area Christian Church off Lambs Gap Road in Mechanicsburg. See the Awards Ceremony, watch the Demo Teams perform, feast on much food, and enjoy the company of friends and family as we celebrate the SEASON! Hope to see you all there!!!

 

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DRAGON CLASSICS TOURNAMENT  

 

DOVER, PA (October 30) Congratulations to Team Lion's Pride members who participated at the Dragon Classics Tournament this past weekend. Click here to see results!

 

 

 

 

 

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Halloween Myspace Comments

 

 

TRICK-OR-TREAT NIGHT MODIFIED CLASS SCHEDULE  

 

On Thursday October 28, There will be NO 5:10pm and 6:10pm Children's Classes, and NO 6:10pm and 7:10pm Adult Classes. HAVE FUN AND BE SAFE!! 

 

 

 

 

 

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Congratulations to the following drawing winners:

 

1st Prize (free month of classes & a uniform) - Aaron F.  

2nd Prize (free month of classes)  - Meagan S. of Camp Hill

3rd Prize (free week of classes) - Lisa H. of Marysville

4th Prize (Karate Kid DVD) - Amber T. of Mechanicsburg

 

 

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TEAM LION'S PRIDE RAFFLE WINNER 

 

CAMP HILL (October 8) -Congratulations go to Joe Mizrahi for winning The Mendelson Foer and Harrison Dental Associates Smile Bag (Value: $295). Many thanks to everyone who donated in support of WSAMA's competition team, Team Lion's Pride

 

 

 

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SEPTEMBER IN-SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

CAMP HILL (October 2) - Congratulations to September's winners:  Jessica Vergara - Heavyweight Division, Mason McDonald - Middleweight Division, and Pierce Hart- Lightweight Division.  To see previous winners, click here. The next In-School Tournament is scheduled Friday October 29 @ 5:10pm. 

 

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NEW PROGRAMS FOR 2-4 YEAR OLDS! 

 

There will be a FREE informative talk for 2-4 year olds on Tuesday October 5th @ 10am. 

 Learn why building self-esteem in young children is so important. 

 Understand how anxiety, discipline and anger issues can be related to a poor self image.

 Observe innovative methods that will benefit your childís physical and mental development.

 Participate in one of these age specific classes  (Happy Pandas 2-3 yrs old, Daring Dragons 3-4 Years old) 

Classes use Martial arts disciplines, yoga, games and music to promote fun and excitement in learning!

 To Register Call Kathy Bucher @440-1282

 

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TEAM LION'S PRIDE RAFFLE

 

Support Team's Lion Pride (WSAMA's Competition Team) with raffle ticket donations of $1 each or 6 for $5 to win The Mendelson Foer and Harrison Dental Associates Smile Bag (Value: $295). This basket includes Tres White Professional Bleaching Trays gift certificate, Custom Made Athletic Mouth Guard gift certificate, Longaberger Basket (in support of Breast Cancer research) and much more!! Drawing will take place September 24 after the Children's Sparring Tournament.  

 

 

 

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2010 InfernoFest - Fusion

September 24 -26

Tickets now available at the Academy or call 761-3527 for more information. 

 

 

 

 

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WSAMA Adults Class Promotion

Class of September 2010

 

WSAMA's Adults Class Color Belt Promotions was held Saturday September 11th. Make up date is September 18th @10am at the Chambersburg Academy of Martial Arts.

 

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BREATH OF NATURE TOURNAMENT  

 

CITY ISLAND (September 4) Congratulations to Team Lion's Pride who participated at the Breath of Nature this past weekend. This was the last tournament of WSAMA's tournament season. Click here to see results!

 

 

 

 

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Battle of Harrisburg Martial Arts Championships

 

TEAM LION'S PRIDE RECOGNIZED by The Patriot-News 

 

The Patriot News recognized Team Lion's Pride in the August 27-29 edition of "PN Community" as a TOP TEN West Shore Talking Point (#5 to be exact)!   Congratulations Team Lion's Pride for making your mark as standout athletes among your peers as well as our community!    

 

 

 

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AUGUST IN-SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

CAMP HILL (August 27) - Congratulations to August's winners: David Kirkpatrick - Heavyweight Division, Jessica Vergara - Heavyweight Runner-Up, Dominique Haley - Middleweight Division, Briana Guarnieri - Middleweight Runner-Up, and Jon Roesner - Lightweight Division.  To see previous winners, click here. The next In-School Tournament is scheduled Friday September 24. 

 

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WSAMA children's Class Promotion

Class of AUGUST 2010

 

 

 

 

 

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U.S. CAPITOL CLASSICS 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. (July 31) Congratulations to Lion's Pride competitors who participated at the U.S. Capitol Classics this past weekend. This national tournament, featuring the best competitors in the country, brought out the best in our athletes! Click here to see results!

 

 

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JULY IN-SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

CAMP HILL (July 30) - Congratulations to July's winners: Emine Boz - Heavyweight Division, Nicholas Moshgat - Middleweight Division. and Jordan Peifer  - Lightweight Division.  To see previous winners, click here. The next In-School Tournament is scheduled Friday August 27.

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WSAMA KARATE CAMP 2010 II ...

 

CAMP HILL (July 26) - ...has begun! Click here to see pictures taken during the camp.

 

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KEYSTONE STATE GAMES 

 

YORK (July 24) Congratulations to Team Lion's Pride members for their high-powered performance at this year's Games.  The team won 42 medals, including 21 Gold medals, 13 Silver medals, and 11 Bronze medals! We were 23-athletes strong at this regional event with two new representatives of the Team, Kate Loza, who earned three Gold medals, and Daniel Green,who earned a Silver medal. Click here for detailed results.

 

 

 

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KARATE CAMP II

There are still some available spots left for WSAMA's July Karate Camp starting Monday July 26th to Friday July 30th. The camp runs from 9am to 12pm every day. Activities include martial arts, arts and crafts, games of friendly competition, and a demonstration performance by the campers at the end of the week for family and friends!    

 "Susanna is enjoying herself very much!  Thanks for all you do". - Elizabeth G.

 

"The boys LOOOOVED karate camp.  Thank you so much for your time and patience.  You are wonderful with the kids and I am so happy we found you and have become part of your Karate family!!!  You are truly the best Master Vergara!!" - Christine B.

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TEAM LION'S PRIDE FUNDRAISER

 

WSAMA's Competition Team will be raffling a gift basket every month to raise funds to help with expenses incurred for tournament participation. The theme of July's gift basket is "Martial Arts" and consists of a month of free classes, one private lesson, a uniform and T-shirt, the book "Tao of Pooh" and more. The tickets are $1 for one and $5 for six. The drawing will be held Friday July 30th. You do not need to be present to win. Good luck and thanks for your support!

 

 

 

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MODIFIED CLASS SCHEDULES

 

For WSAMA's diehard students, in lieu of a 'summer break' this year, we have a modified class schedule for the week of July 19th through the 24th. Please click here to see the schedule and have a great week! 

 

 

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SUNDAY PATRIOT NEWS 7-4-10

 

Battle of Harrisburg Martial Arts Championships 

Max Crumlich (center) ,12, and other members of the West Shore Academy of Martial Arts cheer on a teammate during the Battle of Harrisburg Martial Arts Championships on City Island . 07/03/2010 Sean Simmers, The Patriot - News (click here for Pennlive.com link)

 

 

 

Battle of Harrisburg Martial Arts Championships

Robert Halbach of Mechanicsburg practices long stick prior to competing in the Battle of Harrisburg Martial Arts Championships on City Island . 07/03/2010 Sean Simmers, The Patriot - News (click here for Pennlive.com link)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BATTLE OF HARRISBURG

 

CITY ISLAND (July 3) Congratulations to Team Lion's Pride members for there performance at their 1st official tournament of the season! With five new members of the team, we were 20-athletes strong at this local event earning 43 places, including 14 First Place trophies. Click here for detailed results.

 

 

 

 

 

WSAMA KARATE CAMP 2010...

 

CAMP HILL (June 28) - ...has begun! Click here to see pictures taken during the camp.

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JUNE IN-SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

CAMP HILL (June 25) - Congratulations to June's winners: Cameron Merris  - Heavyweight Division, and Nicholas Roesner - Middleweight Division. Also, congrats to Sean Bartolucci - Lightweight Division high scorer.To see previous winners, click here. The next In-School Tournament is scheduled Friday July 30.

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WSAMA'S SUMMER PICNIC

WSAMA's annual Summer Picnic is rescheduled for Saturday June 12th from 12:00 to 4:00pm at Seibert Memorial Park in Camp Hill off Bypass on Route 15 (Click here for park info). Sign up poster is up at the dojang. The use of the park's facilities including pool, basketball courts, etc. will be available to our students, friends and family. Looking forward to seeing everyone there! 

 

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ADULTS CLASS PROMOTIONS

WSAMA's Adults Class Promotions are scheduled for Saturday June 12th. The Black Belt Promotion will start 8am. The Color Belt Promotion will start @ 10am.  All promotion forms and paperwork should be submitted by Wednesday June 9th. Reminder: testing students should be in full uniform (i.e. gi jacket and pants with all patches and lettering). 

 

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The Karate Kid

"KARATE KID" DEMOS

The WSAMA will be performing demonstrations at local movie theatres for the opening of the 2010 movie "The Karate Kid" on Friday and Saturday evenings of June 11th and 12th. Demo Team Spitfire will be at the Flagship Cinema while Competition Team Lions' Pride will be at the Cinema Center. Times to be announced.

 

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MAY IN-SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

CAMP HILL (May 28) - Congratulations to May's winners: Rachael Fissel  - Heavyweight Division, Christian Sponseller - Middleweight Division, and Brianna Ressler  - Lightweight Division.  To see previous winners, click here. The next In-School Tournament is scheduled Friday June 25.

   

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CONGRATULATIONS NEW 1st & 2nd DAN JR. BLACK BELTS!

CAMP HILL (May 22) Congratulations to WSAMA's newest Black Belts (1st row wearing white): Megan McKinney, Sawyer VanEtten, Brennan Quigley and Jonathan Mumfert.  Also, special congratulations to (1st row wearing black) Jessica Vergara and Colin Quigley for earning their 2nd Dan Jr. Black Belt.  Many thanks go to the assisting Black Belts who made this day an especially memorable one for this group of young Jung Sim Do Warriors!!    

 

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SAM MIZRAHI BUTTERFLY RUN

 

DILLSBURG (May 16) Team WSAMA was on hand to support the Sam Mizrahi Butterfly Run. Team Spitfire performed a demonstration for the participants while members of Team Lion's Pride participated in the 5k/1 mile run. Sam was a WSAMA student and black belt who passed away in 2005 in a car accident. His father, Joe Mizrahi, is an active student and instructor of WSAMA. The money raised provides funds to the The Sam Mizrahi Memorial Scholarship, an endowment fund of The Sam Mizrahi Memorial Fund (a component of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities) which is used to assist students with college tuition expenses.

 

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ARMED FORCES DAY

 

CITY ISLAND (May 15) WSAMA's Team Spitfire once again was invited by Master Fred Waters of the Institute of Self-Defense, to perform karate demonstrations throughout the day. Master Vergara and Spitfire parents assisted Master Waters prepare his "Redman Suit" as he educated and entertained the crowd with his unique self-defense approach! 

 

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PA STATE KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

CHAMBERSBURG (May 9) Congratulations to Team Lion's Pride members participating in this state championship tournament. The four athletes competing earned a total of 23 places including 14 First Place trophies and 7 Grand Championships. Click here for detailed results. 

 

 

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2009 - 2010 HOMESCHOOL CLASS COLOR BELT PROMOTION - April 19, 2010

 

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USA KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

CLARK SUMMIT (Apr 17) Congratulations to Team Lion's Pride member Sawyer Van Etten who took home two first place trophies in both Traditional Forms and Open Forms Divisions. By earning his first place finishes, Sawyer has qualified for the 2010 NAFMA National Championships in Atlantic City, NJ in May. (At right: Sawyer with 5-Time World Champion Cynthia Rothrock) 

 

 

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WHITE OUT DANCE PARTY - CAMP HILL (Apr 17) 

 

 

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DEMO TEAM AT HARRISBURG STAMPEDE GAME

HARRISBURG (April 3) Team Spitfire was invited to perform as half-time entertainment during the HARRISBURG STAMPEDE'S (professional indoor football) game against the Erie Storm at the Farm Show Complex. Their electrifying performance was matched by the Stampede's dominance over the Storm 55 -19! 

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KARATE WORLD OPEN KARATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

CHAMBERSBURG (Mar 28) Congratulations to Team Lion's Pride members participating in their first tournament of 2010. The four athletes competing earned 18 places including 5 First Place trophies and 2 Grand Championships. Click here for detailed results. 

 

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DEMO TEAM AT ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE 

ELIZABETHTOWN (March 27) Team Spitfire was invited to perform at the inaugural JayCon (Anime Convention) at E-town College. This was their first demo of 2010 and the first featuring five new members! Check out WSAMA Spitfire Demo Team for upcoming tour dates in 2010! 

 

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MARCH IN-SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

CAMP HILL (March 26) - Congratulations to March's winners: Jessica Vergara - Heavyweight Division, Brennan Quigley - Middleweight Division, Dustin Rodgers - Lightweight Division, and Eric Sherbocher - Middleweight Runner-up. To see previous winners, click here. The next In-School Tournament is scheduled Friday April 30.

   

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ADULTS CLASS COLOR BELT PROMOTION - March 13, 2010

 

 

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FEBRUARY IN-SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

CAMP HILL (February 26) - Congratulations to February's winners: Rachael Fissel - Heavyweight Division, Nicholas Moshgat - Middleweight Division, Briana Ressler - Lightweight Division, and Aiden Loza - Middleweight Runner-up. To see previous winners, click here. The next In-School Tournament is scheduled Friday March 26.

   

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BAD WEATHER POLICY AND SNOW EMERGENCIES

Bad Weather Policy - We follow the Cumberland Valley School District. When Cumberland Valley schools are canceled, the WSAMA will also be closed. In the event CV's school closings are premature, we may consider still having classes.  

You can check www.whtm.com/closings (ABC27), www.wgal.com/closings/index.html  (WGAL8), WINK104 and WSAMA's Facebook Page for the latest updates. We will soon have accounts with CBS21 and Fox43 for you to also check out their websites and/or newscasts. 

   

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JANUARY IN-SCHOOL TOURNAMENT

CAMP HILL (January 29) - Congratulations to January's winners: Emine Boz - Heavyweight Division, Max Crumlich - Middleweight Division and Sebastian Layser - Lightweight Division. To see previous winners, click here.

 

 

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